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Create supportive environments that help students with EBD thrive

Understanding and Supporting Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

By Vern Jones, Ph.D.Al Greenwood, Ph.D.

Students who experience serious emotional and/or behavioral disorders (EBD) are at risk for a wide range of negative outcomes, from limited academic progress to problems with employment and community life after they leave school. Positive educational experiences can help, and this textbook fully prepares educators, school psychologists, and administrators to create supportive K–12 learning environments that help students with EBD thrive.

About the book

This comprehensive text gives professionals a deep understanding of the key issues associated with EBD and practical, trauma-informed approaches for working with these students in a variety of settings, from general education classrooms to specialized intervention programs. Readers will discover how to:

  • Recognize key factors that influence each student’s behavior, such as developmental history, personal characteristics, skill sets, and social perceptions
  • Help students develop positive, supportive personal relationships with adults and peers in the classroom
  • Deliver meaningful, engaging instruction within safe and supportive learning environments
  • Involve students in creating behavioral standards that support engagement in instruction
  • Develop effective behavior support plans that include assessment and intervention
  • And more!

Want to learn more about this edition? See the full listing.

Supplement your teaching with these Online Companion Materials

  • Chapter PowerPoints
  • Test Banks
  • Discussion Questions
  • Sample Syllabi

Meet the authors

Vern Jones, Ph.D.

Dr. Jones has been a junior high school teacher of students with EBD, a junior high school vice principal, and a district coordinator for students with EBD. He has consulted with university faculty, state departments of education, school districts, and educators in over 25 states in the areas of classroom management, programs and individual interventions for students with EBD, and school violence prevention.


Al Greenwood, Ph.D.

Dr. Greenwood is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Greenwood spent the first 10 years of his career at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon working with children having complex neurodevelopmental, learning and behavior challenges. Since 1989 he has been an independent practitioner providing support to children with EBD and their families and has been actively engaged as a special programs consultant to school districts and education service districts.

View the table of contents

About the Online Materials
About the Authors

Chapter 1: Key Concepts and Assumptions Related To Effective Support For Students With Emotional And Behavioral Disorders

Chapter 2: Developing A Foundational Understanding of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Chapter 3: Creating Supportive Adult–Student and Peer Relationships

Chapter 4: Developing Behavior Standards and Increasing Students’ Motivation to Learn

Chapter 5: Responding Effectively to Disruptive Behavior

Chapter 6: Developing Individualized Behavior Support Plans: Planning for Student Success

Chapter 7: Social-Emotional Learning Methods for Supporting Student Success

Chapter 8: Developing an Effective Program for Students Identified as EBD

See the expanded table of contents.


More resources

  • A book excerpt that includes the full table of contents
  • A webinar on Understanding and Supporting Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders