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UMPI Emeritus Professor contributes chapter to new book

Dr. JoAnne Putnam, University of Maine at Presque Isle Emeritus Professor of Education, has contributed a chapter to the book Innovative Practice and Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Psychosocial Difficulties and Disabilities, which was just published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Putnam was among more than 40 authors who contributed to the book, which was edited by Elias Kourkoutas and Angie Hart. The book brings together approaches from academics and practitioners from many countries, including Europe, America, the Middle East and Australia.

According to its description, Innovative Practice and Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Psychosocial Difficulties and Disabilities covers a wide spectrum of questions and topics related to children’s, adolescents’ and families’ difficulties and intervention issues. The authors provide alternative methods and practices that increase the ability for children, families, and schools to deal with various risks and adversities.

The book was selected by Editorial Advisory Board member Dr. Terri Apter in her May “Recommended Read” feature, which spotlights one of the publishing company’s best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field.

Apter said of the book: “A surprisingly high proportion of young people—estimates range from 20 to 38 per cent—are in need of some intervention for psychological, behavioural or educational problems. There is a pressing need to model the variety of different psychosocial difficulties and disabilities to take into account how young people experience their conditions, how families respond (and how these responses affect the child or adolescent), and how teachers’ attitudes and behaviour might facilitate development… This is an impressive and valuable contribution to an important field.”