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Finding Help for Struggling Teens

A Guide for Parents and the Professionals Who Work with Them

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, is professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice public welfare, and professional ethics. Dr. Reamer has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings and has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability. Dr. Reamer received the Distinguished Contributions to Social Work Education award from the Council on Social Education (1995) and the Presidential Award from National Association of Social Workers (1997).

Dr. Reamer’s books include Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences (Columbia University Press); Pocket Guide to Essential Human Services (NASW Press); Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice (Columbia University Press); Social Work Values and Ethics (Columbia University Press); Tangled Relationships: Managing Boundary Issues in the Human Services (Columbia University Press); Ethical Standards in Social Work: A Review of the NASW Code of Ethics (NASW Press); The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk Management Tool (NASW Press); Ethics Education in Social Work (Council on Social Work Education); The Foundations of Social Work Knowledge (Columbia University Press; editor and contributor); Social Work Malpractice and Liability (Columbia University Press); Social Work Research and Evaluation Skills (Columbia University Press); The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work (Columbia University Press); AIDS and Ethics (Columbia University Press; editor and contributor); Ethical Dilemmas in Social Service (Columbia University Press); Rehabilitating Juvenile Justice (Columbia University Press; coauthor, Charles H. Shireman); The Teaching of Social Work Ethics (The Hastings Center; coauthor, Marcia Abramson).

Deborah H. Siegel, PhD, LICSW, DCSW, ACSW, is a social work practitioner, researcher, and educator. She is professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where she has been on the faculty since 1983. She served as an Edith Abbott Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and as a faculty member and director of field instruction in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Auburn University, and at the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Social Work. Her clinical work specializes in families with children and teens who struggle at school, at home, and in the community. Dr. Siegel’s research and publications in professional journals address clinical practice evaluation, adoption issues, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Her current research explores how open adoptions (those in which biological and adoptive families have contact with each other) evolve over time. Professor Siegel is a frequent presenter at adoption workshops and conferences and is a consultant for adoption agencies.

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