Evaluating a Brief Assertiveness Intervention for Youth in Foster Care

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. advance understanding of the prevalence of mental and behavioral issues and inadequate service delivery in children in the foster system.
  2. acquire familiarity with the clinical benefits of developing assertive communication and help-seeking skill in children as a behavioral intervention.
  3. consider implications of evidence supporting behavioral interventions in a brief format and their utility across treatment settings and populations.


Children in foster care are at increased risk for mental health issues; however, access to evidence-based treatments is often limited among this population. The present study of children in foster care (N = 23) utilized prior research to develop and investigate the efficacy of a summer camp based, brief behavioral intervention targeting assertiveness and help-seeking skill. The intervention significantly increased youth’s general assertiveness skills. Implications for serving this population are discussed.



Madeline S. Blocker, Louisiana State University


George H. Noell, Kelly N. Clark

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