Nicholas Long in collaboration with twenty colleagues present this seventh edition of the most long-lasting publication in the field. The book is organized into 6 chapters, each containing several stimulating articles. Chapter 1 begins with brief literary stories that capture what it is like to experience emotional and behavioral problems. Chapter 2 presents skills for connecting with challenging students. Chapter 3 discusses strategies for managing difficult behavior while Chapter 4 looks below the surface to explore ways to help students disengage from self-defeating behavior. Chapter 5 has articles on promoting positive group behavior. Chapter 6 highlights concepts and reclaiming strategies of Life Space Crisis Intervention. This is an excellent overview of time-tested strategies for reclaiming children and youth.
Pro-ED (2014). 274 pages.
About the Authors
Nicholas J. Long received his doctorate at the University of Michigan where he was mentored by William C. Morse. In 1965, they authored the first edition of Conflict in the Classroom with Ruth Newman. Later editions addressed new challenges and emerging knowledge. On retirement, Dr. Long passed his legacy on to Frank Fecser who is head of the Positive Education Program providing special education services to 3,000 children in Cleveland, Ohio. Nick Long, his wife Jody Long, and Frank Fecser developed the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute with trainers worldwide. Long and Morse were both colleagues of Fritz Redl who wrote these words in the 1965 edition:
“This book does not confine itself to the usual clinical or educational speculations on the treatment and rearing of the emotionally disturbed child but takes the wider view which includes the handling of all “children in conflict.” It is hoped that this book will help you to live more comfortably with (and therefore to be more helpful to) those who have to survive with you in your classroom.” —Fritz Redl, author of When We Deal with Children.