Mental Health

Helping Youth Change Course: How Motivational Interviewing Works

By David Prescott, LICSW  |  May 14, 2014

In what would become a highly influential essay back in 1974, criminologist Robert Martinson asked “Does nothing work?” His concern, during a time of political turmoil and change in the U.S., was that rehabilitation efforts in prisons weren’t working resulted in massive de-funding and elimination of services in the criminal justice world. His essay, which became the basis of the “nothing works” philosophy, was premature. Indeed, the following year, Martinson was part of a team whose findings were more optimistic. Martinson would subsequently recant his earlier arguments, but by then the stage was set for decades of belief that people who have broken don’t change and that treatment doesn’t work. Over the next decades, study after study would prove Martinson wrong, and yet many people still believe that ineffective “tough-on-crime” approaches actually work. They don’t; research is unambiguous on this point.


Who’s Taking The Wheel: Road Map to Youth-Guided Care


By Publication Manager  |  May 9, 2014

Responsive interventions are driven by input and participation by youth and families receiving services. “Youth-Guided Care” is a burgeoning concept driven by the belief that youth must be empowered, educated, and given a decision-making role in their own care. Youth-guided care validates youth and family voices and offers a platform for youth to shape intervention and treatment services. This edition of MatchBook, Who’s Taking the Wheel?: Road Map to Youth-Guided Care, highlights opportunities within firesetting intervention to incorporate youth-focused programming and principles.


Clearing the Smoke at Home: An Early Intervention Program for Children & Parents


By Timothy Kopet, Ph.D., and Judith Okulitch, MS  |  May 8, 2013

Children who misuse fire come from a variety of family and cultural backgrounds, can be any age, and misuse fire for a variety of reasons. As a result, we have learned that one size does not fit all when it comes to intervention.


Strengthening our Homes: From Incident to Outcome


By Publication Manager  |  May 8, 2013

The overwhelming majority of childhood burn injuries and youth set fires occur in homes. Youth firesetting occurs in every community and in homes across the country. It is critical that fire service, mental health, public safety, education, and juvenile justice professionals work together with families to properly prevent firesetting and effectively intervene to keep homes safe and strong.


Mental Health Hybrid System of Care in the Juvenile Justice System: Opportunities and Challenges


By Donna Faranda, Psy.D.  |  Dec 3, 2010

Fire-related crimes and delinquent activity including, but not limited to, arson within the juvenile justice system is a nationwide problem. While arson is a legal term typically defined as the crime of deliberate…


Juvenile Justice: A Strategic Partnership


By Publication Manager  |  Dec 1, 2010

Meri-K Appy joins the Today Show to discover if young children know the dangers of playing with fire.Meri-K Appy joins the Today Show to discover if young children know the dangers of playing with fire.


Connecting the Dots


By Publication Manager  |  Jul 6, 2010

For too long the response to juvenile firesetting has been under and over reacted to; at times the behavior is under reported, while in other incidences the behavior is met with an extreme response.


Increase our Knowledge and Expand Awareness


By Robert Stadolnik, Ed. D.  |  Apr 6, 2010

The real truth is that as a collective professional discipline, we have not completely risen to the challenges and opportunities placed before us to reduce and eliminate problem firesetting among children…