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This evaluation focuses on the effectiveness of the brief family counseling intervention component of a school-based comprehensive program. Assessment was based upon increased attendance rates; decreased suspension at secondary schools; decreased number of violent incidents; increased number of students receiving mental health services; and increased parent and teacher ratings of satisfaction with student educational environment. The model for the program was based on the concept that the child is part of a larger ecological system in which all aspects of a child's life are integrated. Training and supervision were available for school-based family counselors who chose to participate. Delays in the start-up of the program due to late dispersal of funds led to early frustrations, but 78% of all referrals were served. Over half the students referred were special education students, which led to the conclusion that these students need more social support. The premise that family counseling is a prevention intervention is supported by the results showing that siblings appeared to be positively effected. (JDM)

Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Brief Psychotherapy, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Counseling, Integrated Services, Mental Health Programs, Prevention, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Special Needs Students, Suspension, Systems Approach, Violence

Author: Mearns, Curt


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