Approximately 2 to 16 percent of the general population has a disruptive behavior disorder such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or conduct disorder (CD) (Corcoran & Walsh, 2006). In a school setting, youth with these disorders may engage in acts such as disrespecting teachers, swearing at others, threatening others, assaulting staff or students, stealing, or vandalizing property and may benefit from a day treatment program which provides mental health services in a school setting. (Whitfield, 1999). Micro intervention strategies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management and mezzo interventions such as family therapy have been used to treat disruptive behavior disorders in schools (Whitfield, 1999; Corcoran & Walsh, 2006).

RESEARCH QUESTION: Which evidence-based interventions for adolescents with mental health and behavioral disorders address the skill deficits MVCS staff identified and are appropriate in a school setting?


Kimberly Zammit

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Other Capstone Project


Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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