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date: 03 December 2022

Children: Therapeutic Group Carelocked

Children: Therapeutic Group Carelocked

  • James K. WhittakerJames K. WhittakerJames K. Whittaker is The Charles O. Cressey Endowed Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle. His research and teaching interests encompass child and family policy and services, and the integration of evidence-based practices into contemporary child & family services. A frequent contributor to the professional literature, Dr. Whittaker is author/co-author/editor of 8 books and nearly 100 peer review papers and book chapters. Dr. Whittaker’s works have been translated into eight languages and he presently serves on the editorial review boards of a number of social service journals including: Social Service Review (U.S.); Journal of Public Child Welfare (U.S.); The British Journal of Social Work (U.K.); Child & Family Social Work (U.K.) and International Journal of Child & Family Welfare (Belgium) and Child & Youth Care Forum (U.S.). He is a founding member of IAOBER, The International Association for Outcome-Based Evaluation and Research on Family & Children’s Services (Padova, Italy) and an Associated Board member of EUSARF, the European Scientific Association for Residential & Foster Care for Children and Adolescents (Groningen, Netherlands). Work in progress includes a collaboration with researchers from 10 countries to produce a review volume on evidence-based pathways to therapeutic residential care (Jessica-Kingsley, London).


This entry addresses the current state of therapeutic group care services for children and youth. Demographic programmatic trends and research findings are reviewed as are emergent issues and critical questions for further research and practice innovation. Suggestions for improvement of therapeutic group care services are offered in the context of an overall spectrum of services for children and families.


  • Children and Adolescents

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Updated to include recent research on therapeutic group care for high-resource using children and youth; title changed to emphasize therapeutic group care pertaining to children.

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