Teachers in mainstream schools are increasingly confronted with children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. This text provides a concise guide to the major approaches which can be used to deal with emotional and behavioural difficulties. The authors discuss counselling, behavioural approaches, family therapy and class management based on analysis of social interaction. The final chapters look at the development of whole school policies through an extended case study and at the relevance of recent research in school effectiveness to the tackling of emotional and behavioural difficulties. The work should be useful reading for special needs co-ordinators, individual teachers reflecting on the issue in their own classrooms and heads wishing to establish whole school approaches to the problem.