Keeping Kids in the Home and out of the System

Raising Law Abiding Children

by Lisa A. Hill Ph.D. LMFT



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/30/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781984513663
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781984513649
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781984513656

About the Book

Studies have consistently concluded that many personality disorders and more serious mental disorders are believed to be the result of  dysfunctional family relationships, and very  often stem from the parent-child relationship. This makes sense, children initially learn important behaviors from their families of origin.  For example, parents are the first ones to socialize  their child so they can teach their children socialize  and to say please and thank you, take turns, be patient etc. The primary purpose of this book is to  assure that parents have the information they need  to properly raise children who have the skills necessary to be successful adults and not end up in the Criminal  Justice System. By the time youth end up in the  juvenile justice system, it may be too late. They become labelled an offender or maybe even a predator. That  label gives society the right to lock the youth up  during which time they will be traumatized.  Sometimes well-meaning, uninformed, and frustrated parents  perpetuate their children entering the criminal justice  system and even of child serving agencies such as  social services. When parents are faced with children  who are incorrigible, at-risk, or the parent is unable to care for the child due  to their own personal problems, some parents will  welcome the intervention of the criminal justice system  for support. After their child has been taken into custody,  I have had parents tell me, “you raise my child because I  cannot do it.” Some parents believe that having access  to a probation officer with a badge and powers of arrest, gives them the relief and respite they needed to address  their child’s destructive behavior. My three decades of  experience working with youth and parents in the  criminal justice revealed that, in most cases, probation and social services intervention do not make youth better.  Conversely for most youth, their experience with  social services and probation departments has  resulted in ongoing delinquency and the youth  transitioning into the adult Criminal Justice System.  However, good parenting is the gatekeeper to the  criminal justice system. 

About the Author

Dr. Lisa Hill spent three decades in the criminal justice system, where she served several hundred probation clients at the Alameda County Probation Department and the United States District Court, Northern District. Prior to her retirement in 2016, Dr. Hill served as superintendent of Camp Wilmont Sweeney, a residential program for high-risk, adjudicated adolescent boys. Dr. Hill has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for almost twenty years. Her clinical practice focuses on counseling system-involved youth and their parents or caretakers. Dr. Hill has been a certified parent educator for the past fifteen years, during which time she has trained hundreds of parents on how to discipline themselves in such a way to provide effective age-appropriate parenting strategies. Dr. Hill is an adjunct professor at California State University, Eastbay, in the Criminal Justice Department. She sees her work at the university as a succession plan to train emerging criminal justice professionals to enter the field with knowledge, compassion, and a high commitment to ethical standards. When Dr. Hill is not teaching and counseling, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.