Mental Health / Social Services Professionals,
Below are selected resources about children's interest in fire, fireplay and firesetting by children and youth, and resources for assessment and diagnosis.
Feel free to browse all of the resources that we have found to be
useful in the development of our programs by clicking
here. Our Research Studies page includes references and brief descriptions of the research studies we cite most frequently in our materials and training, concerning unintentional injury, fire safety, and children and fire.
New Article! Counseling Children Who Play With Fire
Whether they happen in school or at home, intentionally or unintentionally, fires set by children are always cause for concern. Most school counselors will, at some point in their careers, be called on to work with a child who has started a fire or played with fire. Read more.
Juvenile Firesetting: A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention
Fireproof Children shares more than 25 years of research and hands-on experience by fire investigators and child development experts. Includes chapters especially for mental health professionals, and nuts and bolts techniques for building community coalitions.
This book is the mental health professional's best source for understanding juvenile firesetting and crafting office-based interventions for young patients and their families.
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Preview the Table of Contents
"Interventions in Fire-lighting"
A chapter by Daryl L. Sharp, Robert E. Cole, Carolyn E. Kourofsky, and Susan W. Blaakman in Practical Interventions for Young People at Risk, edited by Kathryn Geldard, to be published in July 2009.
Order the book from Sage Publications.
on Firesetting in Children and Youth, David Kolko
multidisciplinary handbook is a comprehensive source of information
on all topics relating to children who set fires. For more information
about David Kolko’s research and to order this book visit
of Prescriptive Treatment for Children and Adolescents, Ammerman,
R., Hersen, M. and Last, C. (Eds.) - "Firesetting" chapter
the complete book from: www.amazon.com
The "Firesetting" chapter by Cole, R. Grolnick, W. & Schwartzman,
P., provides a description of the problem of childhood firesetting
and presents an overview of assessment, diagnosis issues and strategies.
Juvenile Firesetting Intervention Resource Site offers resources
for parents and professionals of all disciplines including articles
of interest to those working with juvenile firesetting behavior,
a parent/teacher resources page, contact information for juvenile
firesetting programs across the country and a resource exchange
page allowing the reader to ask questions, share experiences and
learn from others.