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ERIC Number: ED102801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Preventative Interventions for the Very Young: An Infant Consultation Service Interweaves Service, Training, and Research.
Reid, Helen; And Others
Described is an infant consultation service which provides preventive psychiatric intervention to the families of young children, training of professionals and paraprofessionals, and a research component. Reviewed are clinic experiences leading to the program and the underlying theory which stresses integration of familial and individual development. Described are varieties of counseling services offered such as group meetings for parents, intensive guidance in the mother-child relationship, and group meetings for both parents and children. It is noted that volunteer professional social workers needed training in areas such as understanding of family interactions and dynamic processes. Also explained is the training program for paraprofessionals, most of whom were selected from parents who had successfully completed a therapeutic program. It is reported that the previous patients experienced emotional difficulties during the training program and were not utilized as paraprofessionals. Aspects of the research component are considered including followup interviews of clients. Program evaluation is given to indicate that the Infant Consultation Service has led to 52 percent of cases receiving additional services suggesting that the service provides early intervention which may well prevent more serious problems later. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association (New York, New York, May 29-June 1, 1973)