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ERIC Number: ED278200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Child Development Specialist in a Mental Health Center. Position Paper.
Ranzoni, Patricia Smith
A child development team in a children's services unit of a mental health center should: (1) formulate a broad philosophy of treatment for young child clients; (2) evaluate treatment approaches to determine the extent to which they facilitate or conflict with that philosophy; (3) assess inservice training needs to ensure competency-based service delivery; (4) use all resources available to strengthen a compatible team approach; and (5) evaluate on an ongoing basis to ensure that the philosophy of treatment remains dynamic and reflects professional and programmatic growth. These standards should generate a service which considers treatment from the child's perspective and the child's rights to appropriate treatment, services, assessment, advocacy, and guidance. Although the ultimate responsibility for program philosophy rests with supervisors and program managers, each service provider and staff person is responsible for professional behavior, team accountability, and quality assurance standards and should remain alert to services provided to child clients, working toward conditions which model the highest quality in adult-child interactions. (CB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A