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BEST Buddiez: A Programmatic Innovation in Early Child Mental Health Treatment for Physically Aggressive Preschool Children
Rita J. Terrago
A pilot program at Learning Together in Raleigh, NC, incorporated research-based practices and community professionals’ expertise to work with birth to 5-year-olds, and developed an innovative systemic course of mental health treatment entitled BEST Buddiez, an acronym standing for the prevention themes of boundaries, empathy, self-esteem, and thinking. The overall socially proactive concept of a group of buddies, in fact, best friends, allows for group work on a 3- and 4- year-old level for their own individual issues of social difficulty. Certainly, not all of the children in the program are to a point that they can participate in the group modality, but the concepts are still worked into the individual therapy, aiming to prepare them for group interactions at a later date.