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  • Letters From the Editor

    Welcome to the Fourth Printed Edition of MatchBook


  • Mental Health

    The Power of a Positive, Relationship-Focused, Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Approach to Guiding At-Risk Children and Youth


  • Pediatric Burn Care

    Are You Listening Now?: The Million Dollar Cry for Help


  • Fire Services

    Helping Youth Change Course: How Motivational Interviewing Works


  • Fire Services

    IAFF Youth Firesetting Data Project


  • Program Spotlight

    ACART Firesetter Treatment Program


  • Personalized Parent Voice Smoke Alarms: Better for Awakening Children in Case of Fire

    By Publication Manager | Jan 2, 2011

    A 2006 study that compared children’s responses to a conventional tone smoke alarm to a smoke alarm which contains a personalized recording of a parent’s voice demonstrated that children were more likely to awaken, and respond appropriately, when hearing their parent’s voice. Study Results 96% of children awakened to the parent recorded voice alarm as [...]


  • Adolescent “Crisis” Firesetting: Meet Jonathan

    By Michael L. Slavkin Ph.D. | Aug 10, 2009

    Jonathan enters my office, throwing himself into the chair across from mine, frustrated that he is late for his appointment. His actions and expressions make him look like a little kid, sulking after not getting his way…


  • “Firesetters” and “Firestarters”: A Case Against Labeling?

    By Robert Stadolnik, Ed. D. | Aug 5, 2009

    For any number of years professionals in all disciplines who work with juvenile firesetting have expressed and demonstrated varying levels of comfort with the use of terms such as “firesetter” or “firestarter” to describe the kids they work with or as included within the names of their intervention programs…


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  • Facts
    & Stats

    Under the false impression they can control the fires they set, children cause nearly 80,000 structure fires per year.