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ERIC Number: EJ1072125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1539-4352
Towards a Unified Perspective on Human Service Delivery Systems: Application of the Teaching-Family Model
Bernfeld, Gary A.; Blase, Karen A.; Fixsen, Dean L.
Behavior Analyst Today, v7 n2 p168-187 2006
The field of behavioral science has been marked by the development of a plethora of empirically derived client-specific technologies for treating a wide range of human problems. In contrast, there has been a relative paucity of conceptual models regarding the application of these techniques to the more complex arena of human services. Thus, behavioral approaches, in an attempt to distance themselves from more traditional models, have avoided developing more complete and yet functional and empirical models to help us understand human service systems. This paper points the way toward a "broader and deeper" perspective on the delivery of human services, using examples drawn from research and practice with behavior-disordered adolescents and families. Behavioral systems analysis offers a starting point for examining the broad context of meticulously crafted technologies. This paper presents examples that highlight the multilevel nature of this model, and discusses the model's implications for understanding clients, programs, and organizations, as well as the sociopolitical context of these subsystems. Issues surrounding the development of the Teaching-Family Model as a means of treating adolescent behavior disorders are illustrated. The authors examine the implications of the Teaching-Family Model for understanding human service programs, organizations, and service delivery systems with the ultimate aim of suggesting that only a broader and deeper systems perspective can help narrow the gap between what is desired from our human services and what can actually be delivered. [This article originally appeared in R.J. McMahon and R. DeV. Peters (Eds.) (1990), "Behavior disorders of adolescence: Research, intervention and policy in clinical and school settings" (pp. 191-205). N.Y.: Plenum. It is reprinted here with the permission of Springer Science and Business Media.]
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