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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

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

Paula Armbruster

Laura Ewing

Virginia DeVarennes

Abigail Prestin

Lisa Lochner

Ursula Chock

Saglar Bougdaeva

Oxford University Press

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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