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Therapeutic Case Advocacy (TCA) is one approach to helping emotionally handicapped children and their families. It is described here as a multi-level model to improve services for this population for two reasons. First, the approach typically requires planned, coordinated activity on three levels: the child and family, the lead organization providing services, and interagency collaboration. Second, the word "model" conveys the idea of what the real thing might look like.
The model is a preliminary pattern, a plan for guiding the actual process of helping emotionally handicapped children and their families. It is not a recipe. Any actual process of helping guided by this model may vary from that described here according to individual child and family need, organizational capacity, and community context. Nevertheless, there are three core components of this model for helping that, if adopted, would improve services for emotionally handicapped children and their families.
Social work with youth, Youth -- Mental health services
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Portland State University. Regional Research Institute, "Focal Point, Volume 01 Number 03" (1987). Focal Point. 3.