The Neighborhood Place

Paula Armbruster, Laura Ewing, Virginia DeVarennes, Abigail Prestin, Lisa Lochner, Ursula Chock and Saglar Bougdaeva

in Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195159226
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893843 | DOI:
The Neighborhood Place

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This chapter describes the Neighborhood Place, an innovative prevention program with two primary goals: to engage children from marginalized, disenfranchised families in constructive activities outside of the school day, and to give them a voice for the expression of their thoughts and emotions. By engaging these children in positive activities, routines, and structures in a stigma-free environment, problems, should they emerge, could be addressed on-site without the customary referral to a “clinic.” Additionally, children would learn pro-social skills and have an opportunity to channel their talents and energies in ways that are socially acceptable and appropriate. The chapter comprises four components: background, literature review, program description, and summary. Specifics of the program are addressed so that it can be adapted or replicated in various environments.

Keywords: Neighborhood Place; prevention program; mental health services; community-based clinical practice; social work practice; after-school programs

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