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Connecting the Dots: An Introduction

By Publication Manager

Dec 8, 2010 Back

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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. MatchBook is designed to bring together five constituencies impacted by juvenile firesetting: Fire Services, Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Pediatric Burn Care and Schools.

The theme of our first issue, Connecting the Dots, works to better the treatment and prevention of juvenile firesetting by looking beyond the fire and into the facts and story of the child. We are connecting the dots between the child, the fire, and the worlds of Fire Services, Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Pediatric Burn Care and Schools.

The following Editorial Pieces offer perspectives from each of these disciplines. This issue’s featured interview with Meri-K Appy, President of the Home Safety Council, offers insight into how these professional disciplines are beginning to connect in some areas and beneficial ways for them to connect in others.

We know firesetting education works to prevent and treat juvenile firesetting. Furthermore, the best prevention and treatment involves all five disciplines, which means we need to address this challenge collectively. Reacting to these fires as individual events is not working. Thank you for reading and for rising to the challenge. We hope you will join us online at www.MatchBookJournal.org to further this discussion and to offer your own perspective and knowledge.

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