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ERIC Number: EJ869908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Authentic Assessment for Restorative Outcomes
Doerr, Allison
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v17 n2 p24-27 Sum 2008
The Developmental Audit[R] is a comprehensive means of assessment and treatment planning that identifies the coping strategies underlying a youth's maladaptive and self-defeating behavior. This is a strength-based assessment that engages youth in conflict in the process of generating solutions rather than focusing on deficits. This process incorporates research on "positive psychology" which emphasizes optimum human functioning and strengths rather than human dysfunction. It also uses ecological perspectives that emphasize the importance of understanding one's ecology as part of the assessment and treatment process. The Developmental Audit is based on understanding a student's "private logic" and goals as identified by Alfred Adler. This involves using the child as the expert in retelling his or her life story. It also incorporates the work of Fritz Redl on constructing timelines of life events. Therapeutic clues are revealed through one's personal narrative and provide rich insight into the youth's "private logic" through the reconstruction of his or her important life events. The process of the Audit entails spending time with the student, the family, and other key people in the student's life to understand the child's life space. Information gathered through the Audit is used in collaboration with traditional assessment techniques in order to build a comprehensive strength-based growth plan. Mountainbrook Comprehensive Academy, part of the Georgia Network of Educational and Therapeutic Services (GNETS), is a psychoeducational program designed to serve students (kindergarten-12th grade) defined as severely emotionally and behaviorally disordered. The Clinical Services team at Mountainbrook Comprehensive Academy consists of licensed psychologists, school psychologists, counselors, and social work technicians who have been trained in models such as Response Ability Pathways (RAP), Life Space Crisis Intervention and Circle of Courage resilience principles. This team of professionals naturally welcomed the opportunity to incorporate the Developmental Audit into their comprehensive assessment practice. The students referred to Mountainbrook have undergone numerous psychological evaluations and behavioral interventions and have been in a variety of special education classrooms, juvenile justice programs, and treatment facilities. Mountainbrook is often seen as the last placement before a student is removed from his or her family to enter a residential program. This article presents a framework of the assessment and treatment model at Mountainbrook Comprehensive Academy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia