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children surface with behavioral issues, be careful not to rush them off for
counseling or treatment. Regardless of the behavior observed, there can be
countless underlying factors giving rise to the behavior.
first step in the helping process is for both parents to meet with a
professional with knowledge, training and expertise in child behavior issues.
That professional should interview the parents without the child present and
conduct a bio-psycho-social assessment. In other words, the professional should
ask questions to help determine if the issue underlying the behavior has a
biological or physiological basis, a psychological basis, a social basis or a
combination of factors thereof.
on the information gleaned by the professional, the next steps may include
seeing the child directly, referral for additional assessment and/or guidance to
the parents to help manage the behavior directly.
is important for parents to appreciate that treatment or therapy or intervention
follows a good assessment.
a reasonable assessment, help may not be directed appropriately. This leads to
treatment failure and can make the situation worse.
wary of therapists who seem willing to ask few questions of the parents and go
directly to working with your child.
behavior problems can be multi-faceted and the best approach starts with a
multitude of questions and includes a good developmental history. See someone
who will take a bio-psycho-social approach.
I take a bio-psycho-social approach to child behavior issues.
Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Gary Direnfeld is a social worker.
Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and
family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access
matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead,
parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue:
Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a
private practice in Dundas and Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services
for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North
America and was the first social worker to sit on the Ontario Board for
Collaborative Family Law. His peacemaking approaches to working with separated
parents helps keep matters from family court and facilitates the respectful
co-parenting of children.
Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Call Gary for your next conference and for expert opinion on family matters. Services include counselling, mediation, assessment, assessment critiques and workshops.
For information on Direnfeld's book, Raising Kids Without Raising Cane, click here.
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