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The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) envisions a nation where our children are healthy, educated, and free from violence. If they come into contact with the juvenile justice system, the contact should be rare, fair, and beneficial to them.
PLL received the recognition of “Exemplary Status” by the Federal Government OJJDP.
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PLL received recognition of being one of only 5 treatment models with research outcomes in helping teenagers successfully transition back home without relapsing from residential settings.
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Dr. Scott P. Sells authored the Best-Selling book, Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide (Guilford Family Therapy). This book illuminates the causes of severe adolescent behavioral problems and presents a research-based, 15-step model for helping families bring about meaningful change. Incorporating structural and strategic principles, the author’s cohesive approach focuses on setting clear rules and consequences; changing the mood and direction of confrontations; neutralizing such problem behaviors as disrespect, truancy, running away, violence, and threats of suicide; and restoring positive, nurturing family relationships. Special treatment issues covered include adolescent substance abuse and managing problems that arise in single-parent and divorced families, as well as ways to collaborate effectively with outside systems. Featuring a wealth of illustrative case examples, this is an indispensable clinical guidebook and text.
Best-Selling author of Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love. Every teenager rebels against authority at some point. But literally millions of teens take their rebellion to a point where it disrupts their families and endangers their own futures or even their lives. If one of these teens is yours, you’ve probably lived through years of conflicting advice and past solutions that don’t last. This breakthrough guide from a master therapist will show you the seven steps to positive, permanent change for you and your teenager. Clear, compassionate, and packed with real-life solutions to real-life problems, this book gives parents the tools they need to turn their families’ lives around for good.
The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination.
Recognition as an evidence-based model with high quality of research outcomes by NREPP.
As one of the most popular talk show hosts in radio history, Dr. Laura Schlessinger offers no-nonsense advice infused with a strong sense of ethics, accountability, and personal responsibility; she’s been doing it successfully for more than 30 years, reaching millions of listeners weekly.
Dr. Scott P. Sells was a featured guest on the Dr. Laura Show.
Parenting with Love and Limits® (PLL) is the first evidence-based program of its kind to combine a 6-week parent education and group therapy program with 4 or more individual “coaching” (family therapy) sessions for adolescents and their parents. PLL is designed for youth between 10 and 18 with extreme emotional or behavioral problems.
Dr. Scott P. Sells has participated in numerous appearances and state and national conferences to present the PLL Model.