This is a book that is long overdue.
In the juvenile justice system, we've developed systems of adjudication and rehabilitation; in clinical psychology, we focus on treatment protocols and healing strategies. Nevertheless, both structures have run on parallel tracks, seldom intersecting despite their common mission of helping juveniles transition into successful, responsible, joyful adults. Until now.
In Parental Patrol, Detective Montanari provides a framework for understanding and avoiding, the damaging developmental path that often leads young people to behaviors that result their involvement in both the juvenile justice and mental health systems. For the concerned parent, that path is described--with the insight and proficiency of an experienced police officer and the sensitivity and compassion of an effective therapist--through twenty aspects of learning that must be mastered if positive, problem-free emotional growth and development are to occur.
The usefulness of Montanari's work goes well beyond being a guidebook for parents. It would also be relevant and appropriate as a training tool for police and therapists seeking to bridge the gap between their professions, providing context and common ground to inform the important work that they do. -Nicholas A. Duva, Ph.D.
Parental Patrol is a police officer's guide to the millions of frustrated parents who are struggling with adolescent rebels.
Veteran police detective Anthony P. Montanari offers a unique perspective into policing children and has spent close to twenty years investigating juvenile matters. Through trial and error he has suggested twenty specific fundamentals that parents must teach their children, illustrated in what he calls a learning icosagon. Deprivation of these cornerstones of life may result in behavioral issues in children. Identifying which deficiencies within a learning icosagon helps to determine which children are at risk and allows police to use situational profiling as a tool merely by anticipating potential at-risk youth.