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Theory and Practice With Adolescents

An Applied Approach

Fred R. McKenzie

Publication Date - July 2008

ISBN: 9780190616502

271 pages
6 x 9 inches


For too long, practitioners and students working with adolescents have been forced to consult a variety of sources to bring together theory and practice in a meaningful way. Professor McKenzie draws on his extensive experience as both a practitioner and an academic to create a comprehensive book, one that provides a strong theoretical base as well as practical techniques to effectively use theory in practice. The result is an inclusive approach to working with adolescents that brings together essential information in one concise volume.


  • Utilizes practice examples throughout the text to allow readers to see exactly how theory applies to real life situations
  • Includes nontraditional approaches, such as recreational therapy alongside more traditional methods
  • Acknowledges diverse adolescents with diverse needs and strengths

Table of Contents

    About the Author
    1. Theoretical Underpinnings of Applied Practice with Adolescents
    2. The Practice Formulation for Biopsychosocial Assessment and Intervention Planning
    3. Use of Practice Skills: Engagement and Ongoing Work with Adolescents
    4. Application of Theoretical Underpinnings: A Differential Approach to Practice with Adolescents
    5. The Essential Interplay of Family in Adolescent Practice: Implications across the Family Life Cycle
    6. Use of Self and the Ethical Approach to Practice with Adolescents
    7. Nontraditional Approaches to Working with Adolescents
    8. Culturally Competent Practice with Adolescents and Families
    9. Working with Adolescents in Schools: Academics, Behavior, and Social Networks as Diagnostic Indicators for Assessment and Intervention
    10. Adolescent Group Work: Theory and Technique
    11. High-Risk Behavior, Hospitalization, and Medication
    12. Substance Use/Abuse/Dependency and Adolescents
    13. Gender Issues and Working with Adolescents
    14. DSM-IV-TR: Mental Health Disorders/Problems/Issues with Adolescents
    15. Residential and Group Homes and Shelter Programs for Adolescents
    16. Working with Community/Collaterals
    17. Implications of a Comprehensive Approach
    Appendix: The Practice Formulation for Biopsychosocial Assessment and Intervention Planning

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