Ecology of Troubled Children


*The Ecology of Troubled Children: Changing Children’s Behavior by Changing the Places, Activities, and People in Their Lives

*Richard L. Munger, University of North Carolina–Wilmington   ISBN 1-57129-050-8 1998 paperback $29.95

In contrast to traditional, person-centered psychotherapy, environmental ecology intervention focuses on understanding the environments in which children live. For front-line clinicians working with children, this book explains the concepts, principles, and procedures of environmental intervention. Munger demonstrates how to benefit troubled children by realigning the people, places, and activities in their lives to be more supportive. An important resource for social workers, psychologists, probation officers, and drug counselors.

In this book, the practitioner will learn: what environmental intervention is; how to think about problems ecologically; the basic components of the environment; the importance of the Environmental Status Exam for planning interventions; how environments can be engineered to change children’s behavior; and specific environmental principles that clinicians can use to help children.

The material has relevance for several groups of professionals: those who work with youth  with serious emotional disturbance; those who work in child welfare and protective services; outpatient mental health staff who work in managed-care settings; workers in the juvenile justice system; school staff, such as guidance counselors; and those who work in programs using environmental approaches, such as re-ED, community home-based services, “wraparound” programs, multisystemic approaches, and other “continuum of care” approaches.


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