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ERIC Number: ED444102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 31
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A Truancy Program: The Successful Partnering of Schools, Parents, and Community Systems.
Sheverbush, Robert L.; Smith, Janet V.; DeGruson, Melinda
This paper describes a program designed to help court-ordered, truant, status-offenders in a small Kansas community. The Truancy Diversion Program involves systems-oriented family interventions in the context of a broader community systems approach to deal with truancy. In this model, families join with the educational system, the mental health care system, and the social services system in the treatment of truant behaviors among high school students. The paper describes the role of the school counselor prior to, during, and after court intervention. The program has been established for over fourteen years and has over 338 participants. Eighty-six percent of the families who have participated in the program have students who have remained in school. Follow-up surveys have indicated satisfaction with the program and continued positive effects within the families. School administrators have begun reporting truancy earlier, which expedites referral to the program. An additional positive outcome noted is the provision for supervised training by advanced-level graduate students, including those in school counseling who gain valuable experience in truancy intervention. Appendix A is "Truancy Diversionary Counseling Program"; Appendix B is "Truancy Diversionary Counseling Contract." (Contains 21 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas