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Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice$
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Anita Lightburn and Phebe Sessions

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159226.001.0001

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The Neighborhood Place

The Neighborhood Place

An Alternative Mental Health Program

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(p.459) 29 The Neighborhood Place
Source:
Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice
Author(s):

Paula Armbruster

Laura Ewing

Virginia DeVarennes

Abigail Prestin

Lisa Lochner

Ursula Chock

Saglar Bougdaeva

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159226.003.0029

This chapter describes the Neighborhood Place, an innovative prevention program with two primary goals: to engage children from marginalized, disenfranchised families in constructive activities outside of the school day, and to give them a voice for the expression of their thoughts and emotions. By engaging these children in positive activities, routines, and structures in a stigma-free environment, problems, should they emerge, could be addressed on-site without the customary referral to a “clinic.” Additionally, children would learn pro-social skills and have an opportunity to channel their talents and energies in ways that are socially acceptable and appropriate. The chapter comprises four components: background, literature review, program description, and summary. Specifics of the program are addressed so that it can be adapted or replicated in various environments.

Keywords:   Neighborhood Place, prevention program, mental health services, community-based clinical practice, social work practice, after-school programs

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