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Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide (The Guilford Family Therapy Series) [Paperback]

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 26, 2004
Publisher   The Guilford Press
ISBN  1593850999  
EAN  9781593850999  

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This book illuminates the causes of severe adolescent behavioral problems and presents a research-based, 15-step model for helping families bring about meaningful change. Incorporating structural and strategic principles, the author's cohesive approach focuses on setting clear rules and consequences; changing the mood and direction of confrontations; neutralizing such problem behaviors as disrespect, truancy, running away, violence, and threats of suicide; and restoring positive, nurturing family relationships. Special treatment issues covered include adolescent substance abuse and managing problems that arise in single-parent and divorced families, as well as ways to collaborate effectively with outside systems. Featuring a wealth of illustrative case examples and reproducible materials, this is an indispensable clinical guidebook and text.

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More About Scott P. Sells, Ken Mellor, Marvin Mandell, Mangesh Hattikudur, Edward A. Chappell, Eric Myott & Tim Ohr

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Scott P. Sells, PhD, is Professor of Social Work at Savannah State University and Clinical Director of the Savannah Family Institute. He has treated more than 800 difficult children and adolescents, has spoken nationally on this topic, and has published a number of related journal articles. His 6-week educational program for parents of difficult children and teenagers, Parenting With Love and Limits(TM), has been adopted as a standard model in Virginia; Ohio; and Savannah, Georgia. His website is at:

Scott P. Sells currently resides in Savannah, in the state of Georgia.

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One of the best  Nov 21, 2004
I have been working with adolescents in conflict with the law for approximately 12 years as well as with their families. This is one of the most comprehensive guides I have ever seen. Power and compassion is the other one near the top by Jerome Price. Every one of the interventions in this book have been used by me with the families I work with. For those criticising the severity of the interventions I would think that the clients you are working with would be higher functioning than the pre-contemplative childhood onset conduct disorder kids mandated by the courts for treatment. Only 10% of my referrals have a parent willing to attend. If the police are supportive in your community, then use them but we all know this is not the norm. The book explains clearly how to restrain without being abusive. BTW almost all of these kids get worse before they get better (extinction burst) so plan for it ahead of time.
Not All It's Cracked Up To Be  Aug 29, 2001
I was very disappointed in this book and felt that many of the treatment techniques and ideas presented in the book/model were simply common sense for professionals such as myself who have been treating families for several years. Perhaps it would be more beneficial for those counselors who are just out of school or new to the field. Even more surprising were some of the interventions outlined in the book that I quite frankly felt could do more harm than good to the adolescent and the family and even bordered on abusive. As a clinician, I try to keep an open mind but strongly disagree with some of the author's approaches and hope parents who purchase the book seek the assistance of a professional therapist if they attempt these potentially harmful interventions on their own.
Treating The Tough Adolescent  May 16, 2001
Agree overall with Ed Chapin's review. As a parent of a teen with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, who had his toe across the line of Conduct Disorder, I have read many books. This by far the best. It helped me to get control of my son and change our family's path better than the Psychiatrist, Therapist, or Juvenile Probation Department were able to. Only exceptions I take to his approach is in regards to takedowns and time commitment expection of treating therapist. Takedowns potentially very dangerous with the type kids (and parents) the treatment model is geared to. The expectation for a therapist to be available (to the extent described) 24 hours a day 7 days a week is unrealistic. Any therapist that would make the commitment called for by Dr. Sells is a workaholic! Otherwise, the book is very informative, clear and concise. After reading, I had a much stronger grasp of how we got to where we were and the changes necessary. I believe the knowledge gained from the book contributed immensely in sucessfully working with the therapist who helped us.
This is one of the most useful books I've found!  Apr 20, 2001
I am a 3rd year graduate student in clinical psychology, and when I first began seeing clients, I often felt that I didn't quite know what to do with them. This book has been an amazing resource for me and has been the backbone of much of the therapy I do with adolescents and their families. I highly recommend it to anyone who is working with teenaged clients!
A good guide to dealing with tough kids  Dec 21, 1999
I found this book very helpful and inovative. It outlines clearly steps that parents and clincians can take in attempting to deal with out of control adolescents. As a family social worker, I have found most of the suggestions that Dr. Sells outlines helpful and professional.

I do however disagree with some of Dr. Sells suggesitons related to parents attempting to deal physicially with adolescents when certain rules or limits are not met. My experiance with youth suggests that whenever you physcially deal with children other than young kids( under say 10 yrs)parents and therapist risk adolescents becoming more violent by parents being physical. It is better to have police deal with destructive and violent youth. I believe it also may send a mixed message to kids that if parents can be physcial with them then they can be physical back.The message they hear may be that force and restaint is a way to effectvely take control of a situation.

I also think that it is impractical and perhaps inapporiate to expect that clincians can be available 24 hrs a day to a parent as suggested by Dr. Sells. I feel that it may place the clinican in an ethical compormise position by taking control away from the parent rather than impowering them. While I understand the need for parental support in times of crisis. I think that the counselor would be better to not deal directly in any physical involement with youth.

There are however, wonderful examples of the importance of developing repoire with the parents and counselor and beleiving that things will get better.


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