Dr. Kathryn Seifert
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Handcuffing an 8 Year Old?
Why or Why Not
I, like most of you, saw the video of an 8 year old being handcuffed by a resource officer. As you can well imagine, I have a different idea about how to approach the complex problem of changing childhood behavior patterns. Here’s an excerpt:
Most schools today have school resource officers to help keep everyone safe. That is great. However, many schools do not have the sufficient behavioral health resources in the school to help change the child’s behavior for the long term. Children that are at risk for aggression and therefore a danger to self or others need intensive treatment including behavioral interventions in the school every day and they need family involvement. This is a specialty. Teachers are not trained to do this. It is, however, possible to combine a child and adolescent mental health clinic and a school and create school based mental health to provide the services for special needs children. This requires NO ADDITIONAL tax money only moving resources to where children are every day. This would prevent the children from getting to the acting out stage or help them calm down when they are upset and prevent them from getting out of control.
I have 3 articles on an open source journal, Journal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry:
Seifert K (2014) Multi-disciplinary Behavioral Health Evaluations. J
Aversive Childhood Experiences, Without Appropriate Interventions …
Research on Youth Violence Risk/Needs Assessments
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