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A Statewide Initiative for Youth Who Set Fires

By Thomas Leonard and Joseph Tondorf  |  Dec 1, 2010

For nearly three decades Massachusetts provided juvenile firesetter intervention services through a loosely formed coalition of providers. This coalition was originally based in the city of Fall River and received…

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Juvenile Justice: A Key Partner

By Don Porth  |  Dec 1, 2010

Intervention for fire-involved youth is a tricky business. What makes it so is the wide variation in program structure and function from one community to the next. Some programs are based on an education philosophy which…

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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…

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Safety Net: A Comprehensive & Coordinated Effort to Support At-Risk Youth in the Cambridge Community

By James Barrett, Ph.D. and Robert Haas  |  Dec 3, 2010

The Cambridge Police Department recognizes that criminal activity and incidents of violence involving youth are strongly linked to adults, particularly within families. Over 3 million children are at risk of exposure to…

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Forensic Assessment and Clinical Intervention for Juvenile Fire Setters: The San Diego Model

By Ronn Johnson, Ph.D.  |  Dec 3, 2010

The San Diego Model for juvenile fire setters (JFS) is better known as “FATJAM.” FATJAM refers to the “Forensic Assessment & Therapeutic Jurisprudence Assistance Model.” FATJAM is a risk oriented skills-based juvenile…

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An Assessment Opportunity in Juvenile Justice

By Elizabeth Maestranzi, LICSW  |  Dec 3, 2010

There is a staggering number of youth nationally who are known, by arrest or detention, to the juvenile justice system as a direct result of problem firesetting and arson. Once identified, their firesetting behavior…

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The Impact of Environment on Firesetting: Guidance for Parents and Caregivers

By Michael L. Slavkin Ph.D.  |  Dec 3, 2010

During my work with children who play with fire or set fires intentionally, one factor has remained constant: adults are inherently curious about the reasons why youth use fire and that almost every person will have a specific…

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