It is through a combination of experience in working with local human service agencies as a behavioral therapist and consultant for a crisis support team, as well as my experience working and studying at NTID that I became interested in a little researched topic known as Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. As such, I reduced that to an even smaller population, specifically, Deaf and hard of Hearing adolescents, who exhibit a display of severe to profound emotional and behavior problems. As my investigation shows, successful methods for working with such a unique population do exist and have research to support them, but it is thorough a combination of using positive Deaf role models and communication in ASL, as well as establishing formal and tangible behavioral expectations, that such programs can and will be effective. Problematically speaking, financial resources often become an issue when trying to address the needs of such a little researched population, and this is one of the biggest problems human service agencies have when trying to establish effective programs.
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Master of Science of Secondary Education of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (NTID)
Feol, Robert, "Therapeutic crisis intervention in emotionally and behaviorally disturbed deaf adolescent populations" (2005). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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