Engaging Families and the Community as an Alternative to Expulsion: An Innovative Approach to Dropout Prevention

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Aired on: May 7th, 2013

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Karen Cooper-Haber

Dr. Karen Cooper-Haber, LMFT, LMFT-S and LPC-S, has been a guidance counselor, family therapist, and supervisor working in the public schools of South Carolina for the past 30 years. She received her BA in Elementary Education at USC, her master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling at UF, and her PhD in Counselor Education at USC. Her earlier background includes work in the juvenile justice system; teaching in the elementary grades, including special needs children; and in college undergraduate and graduate programs. She has coordinated programs and grants for at-risk students at the district and state level. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences and is currently serving as president of the SCAMFT. She considers her work as a mentor and supervisor of young therapists her proudest accomplishment.

This Week's Topic

There is a large body of research that supports the importance of the family to the child’s or adolescent’s success in school. There is also growing awareness of the importance of providing prevention and intervention strategies for students who are at risk of being suspended, expelled, or of becoming disengaged from the educational process for social or emotional reasons. This presentation provides an overview of one South Carolina school district’s efforts to focus on the family in dealing with discipline problems and providing alternatives to expulsion through employing family therapists in delivering multisystemic prevention and intervention services.

  • Learn about an effective alternative to suspensions and expulsions
  • Discover the important support roles that family therapists can play


Presentation Slides pdf.

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy(2013).

American School Counselor Association(2010).

Families 4 Change(2013).

Focusing on MFT Advocacy(2013).

Oxford Symposium on School-Based Family Counseling(2013).

Source of Referrals pdf. (2013).

South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act. http://www.che.sc.gov/AcademicAffairs/EEDA/EEDA.htm. (2012).

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools(2013).


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