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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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It Takes a Community to Help an Adolescent

It Takes a Community to Help an Adolescent

Community-Based Clinical Services for Immigrant Adolescents

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Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice

Roni Berger

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that immigrants' need for mental health services can most effectively be met by community-based services that respect and integrate aspects of their culture of origin. The chapter includes three sections. First, unique characteristics of adolescent immigrants and their special needs are reviewed and illustrated. The second section reviews hallmarks of community-based practice, discusses and illustrates principles generated from successful community-based mental health services for adolescent immigrants, and argues why such services are better equipped than traditional services to meet their needs. The focus is on what proved helpful and how it can be done. Finally, the third section presents one example of a community-based mental health service.

Keywords:   community-based clinical practice, social work practice, adolescent immigrants, mental health services

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