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Christopher G. Petr, PhD

Professor
Ph.D., Social Work, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare
Primary office:
Twente Hall, 102


Summary

Academic Areas

Policy and practice issues in child mental health and child welfare; family-centered practice; professional-consumer relationship.

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Teaching Interests

  • Professional issues
  • Preparation for teaching social work
  • Best practices
  • Evidence based practice
  • Children and families

Research Interests

  • Children's mental health
  • Child wlefare
  • Family centered practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Best practices
  • PhD education

Selected Publications

Johnson, M., Petr, C. G., & Mitchell, F. (2014). Factors associated with success in Ph.D. social work programs [Journal Articles]. 50(3), 548–558.
Kapp, S. A., Petr, C. G., Robbins, M. I., & Choi, J. J. (2013). Collaboration between community mental health and juvenile justice systems: Barriers and facilitators [Journal Articles]. 30(6).
Harrington, D., Petr, C., Black, B., Cunningham-Williams, R., & Bentley, K. (2013). Quality guidelines for social work PhD programs [Journal Articles]. XX(X), 1–6.
Kang, M., Petr, C., & Morningstar, M. (2012). Improving transition-to-adulthood outcomes of youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities [Journal Articles]. 37(1), 54–74.
Walter, U. M., & Petr, C. G. (2011). Best practices in wraparound: A multidimensional view on the evidence [Journal Articles]. 56(1), 73–80.
Petr, C. G., & Walter, U. (2009). Evidence-based practice:  A critical reflection [Journal Articles]. 12(2), 221–232.
McLendon, T., McLendon, D., Petr, C. G., Kapp, S., & Mooradian, J. (2009). Family-directed structural therapy in a therapeutic wilderness family camp: An outcome study [Journal Articles]. 7(5), 508–527.
Petr, C. G. (Ed.). (2009). Multidimensional evidence based practice: Synthesizing knowledge, research, and values [Books]. Routledge Taylor and Francis.
McLendon, T., McLendon, D., & Petr, C. G. (2008). A therapeutic wilderness family camp utilizing family-directed structural therapy: A conceptual overview [Journal Articles]. 7(1), 18–24.
Walter, U., & Petr, C. G. (2008). Family-centered residential treatment: Knowledge, research, and values converge [Journal Articles]. 25(1), 1–16.
Petr, C. G. (2008). Foster care independent living services: Youth perspectives [Journal Articles]. 81(1), 100–108.
Walter, U., Petr, C. G., & Davis, S. (2006). Informing best practices for children in psychiatric crises: Perspectives and insights from families [Journal Articles]. 87(4), 612–620.
Walter, U., & Petr, C. G. (2006). Lessons from the research on paraprofessionals for attendant care in children’s mental health [Journal Articles]. 42(5), 459–475.
Petr, C. G., & Walter, U. (2005). Best practices inquiry: A multi-dimensional, value-critical framework [Journal Articles]. 41(2), 251–268.
McLendon, D., McLendon, T., & Petr, C. G. (2005). Family directed structural therapy [Journal Articles]. 31(4), 327–339.
Petr, C. G. (2005). Transition to adulthood for Kansas youth in foster care:  A qualitative study of youth perspectives [Technical Reports]. Kansas Action for Children.
Walter, U., & Petr, C. G. (2004). Promoting successful transitions to regular school environments for youth with serious emotional disorders [Journal Articles]. 26(3), 175–180.
Petr, C. G. (2004). Social work with children and their families (Issue 2) [Books]. Oxford University Press.
Petr, C. G. (2003). Building family-school partnerships: A primer for educators [Books]. Scarecrow Education Press.
Martin, J., Petr, C. G., & Kapp, S. (2003). Consumer satisfaction with children’s mental health services [Journal Articles]. 20(3), 211–226.
Petr, C. G. (2001). Building family-school partnerships: A curriculum for Kansas educators [Technical Reports]. Kansas State Department of Education.
Walter, U., & Petr, C. G. (2000). A template for family-centered interagency collaboration [Journal Articles]. 81(5), 494–503.
Petr, C. G., Holtquist, S., & Martin, J. (2000). Consumer-run organizations for youth [Journal Articles]. 24(2), 142–148.
Petr, C. G. (1999). Family-centered practice (C. Smith, Ed.) [Other]. Greenwood Press/Plenum Publishers.
Martin, J. S., & Petr, C. G. (1999). Kansas Consumer Satisfaction Survey: Children’s Mental Health [Technical Reports].
Petr, C. G., & Johnson, I. (1999). Privatization of foster care in Kansas: A cautionary tale [Journal Articles]. 44(3), 263–268.
Allen, R. I., & Petr, C. G. (1998). Re-thinking family-centered practice [Journal Articles]. 68(1), 4–15.
Petr, C. G. (1998). Social  work with children and their families: Pragmatic foundations [Books]. Oxford University Press.
Litzelfelner, P., & Petr, C. G. (1997). Case advocacy in child welfare [Journal Articles]. 42(4), 392–402.
Petr, C. G., & Allen, R. I. (1997). Family-centered professional behaviors: Frequency and importance to families [Journal Articles]. 5(4), 196–204.
Petr, C. G. (1996). [Book Reviews]. 41(5), 562–563.
Petr, C. G. (1996). [Book Reviews]. 41(5), 562–563.
Allen, R., & Petr, C. G. (1996). Towards developing standards and measurements for family-centered practice in family support programs (G. Singer, L. Powers, & A. Olson, Eds.; pp. 57–86) [Book Chapters]. Brookes Publishing.
Allen, R. I., Petr, C. G., & Brown, B. F. C. (1995). Family centered behavior scale and user’s manual [Manuals]. University of Kansas, Beach Center on Families and Disability.
Petr, C. G. (1995). Foster parenting (D. Levinson, Ed.; pp. 313–314) [Other]. Macmillan.
Petr, C. G. (1995). Helping professionals and programs become more family-centered (Vols. 10, 11) [Monographs].
Petr, C. G., Murdock, B., & Chapin, R. (1995). Home care for children dependent on medical technology: The parent perspective [Journal Articles]. 21(1), 5–22.
Petr, C. G., & Entrikin, C. (1995). Service system barriers to successful reunification [Journal Articles]. 76(9), 523–532.
Petr, C. G. (1994). An exploratory study of crises that threaten out-of-home placement of children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders [Journal Articles]. 75(4), 195–203.
Petr, C. G., Entrikin, C., & Kuhn, L. (1993). Reunification training manual [Manuals]. University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare.
Petr, C. G., & Entrikin, C. (1993). Final report: Sedgwick County Pilot Reunification Project [Technical Reports]. Corporation for Change.
Petr, C. G., & Barney, D. (1993). Reasonable efforts for children with disabilities: The parent perspective [Journal Articles]. 38(3), 247–255.
Petr, C. G. (1992). Adultcentrism in practice with children [Journal Articles]. 73(7), 408–416.
Petr, C. G., & Pierpont, J. (1992). Early implementation of legislative children’s mental health reform: The Minnesota/Hennepin County experience [Journal Articles]. 19(2), 195–206.
Petr, C. G. (1991). A consumer-friendly model of implementation [Journal Articles]. 15(3), 67–82.
Petr, C. G., & Spano, R. (1990). Evolution of social services for children with emotional disorders [Journal Articles]. 35(3), 228–234.
Petr, C. G., & Poertner, J. (1989). Protection and advocacy for the mentally ill: New hope for emotionally disturbed children? [Journal Articles]. 25(2), 156–163.
Petr, C. G. (1988). The worker-client relationship: A general systems perspective [Journal Articles]. 69(10), 620–626.
Petr, C., Harrington, D., Kim, K., Black, B., Cunningham-Williams, R., & Bentley, K. (accepted/in press). Quality indicators and expected outcomes for social work phd programs: Perceptions of social work students, faculty, and administrators [Journal Articles].

Selected Presentations

Petr, C. (4/23/2015). Admission criteria: What Correlates with Success?. 2015 GADE Annaul Conference. Lawrence, KS
Petr, C. G., Harrington, D., & Kyoungmo, K. (10/25/2014). Quality Indicators and Expected Outcomes for Social Work PhD Programs. Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education. Tampa, FL
Petr, C. G. (4/30/2013). New Trends in Scholarly Dissemination and Publication: Opportunities for Doctoral Students and Programs. Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in social work (GADE) Annual Conference. Richmond, Virginia
Petr, C. G., Padgett, D., Gilgun, J. F., Littell, J., & Soydan, H. (1/16/2009). A frank (and friendly) dialogue about evidence based practice. Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA
Petr, C. G. (10/30/2008). Multidimensional evidence based practice. Pre-conference Faculty Development Institute (half day), Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Philadelphia, PA
Petr, C. G. (4/20/2007). Strengths-based practice with families. Social Work Day, KU School of Social Welfare
Walter, U., & Petr, C. G. (8/1/2006). Best practices inquiry: A multidimensional approach to evidence-based practice. International Federation of Social Workers, World Conference. Munich, Germany
Petr, C. G., & Kreider, J. (11/18/2005). Beyond diagnosis: Monitoring alliance to enhance outcome. Fall Field Forum, KU School of Social Welfare
Petr, C. G. (9/23/2005). Strengths perspective in the classroom. KU School of Social Welfare Faculty Colloquium
Petr, C. G. (8/17/2005). Kansas foster youth: Study of transitions to adulthood. U.S.Administration on Children and Families. Kansas City, MO
Petr, C. G. (8/27/2005). Mental health needs of children in care. KU Child Welfare Scholars Program
Petr, C. G. (7/15/2005). Foster youth transitioning to adulthood. Kansas Child Quality Oversight Committee. Topeka, KS
Petr, C. G. (4/6/2005). Overview of the American child welfare system. Presentation to visiting students and faculty from University of Costa Rica. Lawrence, KS
Petr, C. G. (1/31/2003). Forming partnerships with parents in child welfare. Albuquerque, NM
Petr, C. G. (4/14/2000). Combating adultcentrism in child welfare. Keynote address, Child Welfare in southern Minnesota: Framing our Children's Futures, Minnesota State University. Mankato, MN
Petr, C. G., & Martin, J. (4/7/2000). Consumer satisfaction: Results and lessons from a statewide survey. Building on Family Strengths: A National Conference on Research and Services in Support of Children and Their Families. Portland, OR
Petr, C. G. (11/30/1997). The Kansas youth satisfaction survey. Panel presentation, 9th Annual Conference: Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. Washington, DC
Petr, C. G. (9/22/1997). Using the family-centered behavior scale (FCBS) in evaluation of family preservation programs. Family Preservation Institute. Corpus Christi, TX
Petr, C. G. (7/14/1997 - 7/15/1997). Using the family-centered behavior scale for evaluation of family preservation in Nevada. Reno and Las Vegas, NV
Petr, C. G. (3/6/1995). The family-centered service delivery scale. Poster presentation, 8th Annual Research Conference: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health. Tampa, FL
Allen, R., & Petr, C. G. (4/10/1994). Towards developing standards and measurements for family centered practice. Building on Family Strengths: A National Conference on Research, Advocacy and Partnership in Support of Children and Their Families. Portland, OR
Petr, C. G. (12/31/1993). Overcoming barriers to reunification. Poster presentation, National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference. Orlando, FL
Petr, C. G., & Murdock, B. (3/31/1992). Home care for technology dependent children: The parent perspective. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)/Annual Program Meeting (APM). Kansas City, MO
Petr, C. G. (3/31/1990). Combating adultcentrism in social work education. (CSWE)/(APM). Reno, NV
Poertner, J., & Petr, C. G. (3/31/1990). Understanding and influencing policy implementation: A model for social work practice. CSWE/APM. Reno, NV
Petr, C. G. (3/31/1989). Historical and philosophical foundations for a process approach to social work practice. Council on Social Work Education's Annual Program Meeting. Chicago, IL
Petr, C. G. (2/28/1988). Protection and advocacy for the mentally ill: New hope for emotionally disturbed children?. Poster presentation, National Conference on Children's Mental Health Service and Policy: Building a Research Base, Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. Tampa, FL

Selected Grants

KU Graduate Studies Dissertation Award. (8/1/2014 - 8/31/2015). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
KU Graduate Studies Diversity Fellowship. (8/1/2014 - 8/31/2015). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
KU Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship. (8/1/2014 - 5/31/2015). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $370039.00. (1/1/2010 - 12/31/2011). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $465105.00. (1/1/2009 - 12/31/2010). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $480707.00. (1/1/2008 - 12/31/2009). State of Kansas. Status: Funded. $1,908,289 total contract; $480,707 as P.I.
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $2321987.00. (1/1/2007 - 12/31/2008). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $1225286.00. (1/1/2006 - 12/31/2007). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $1733288.00. (1/1/2005 - 12/31/2006). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $1351559.00. (1/1/2004 - 12/31/2005). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $1221617.00. (1/1/2003 - 12/31/2004). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $989087.00. (1/1/2002 - 12/31/2003). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $592072.00. (1/1/2001 - 12/31/2002). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. $662084.00. (1/1/2000 - 12/31/2001). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. $504498.00. (1/1/1999 - 12/31/2000). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Mental health consumer satisfaction evaluation. Contract with Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. $358154.00. (1/1/1998 - 12/31/1999). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. $286877.00. (1/1/1998 - 12/31/1999). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Measuring family-centered practice. National Institute of Disabilities Rehabilitation Research to the Beach Center on Families and Disabilities, University of Kansas Life Span Institute. $175000.00. (1/1/1993 - 12/31/1998). Federal. Status: Funded. Project Director. Core grant, $650,000/year for 5 years, project approximately $35,000/yr.
Title XIX Adult and Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. $916619.00. (1/1/1997 - 12/31/1998). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. $282757.00. (1/1/1996 - 12/31/1997). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Title XIX Children's Mental Health. Contract with Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. $149569.00. (1/1/1995 - 12/31/1996). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Johnson County Children's Case Management Project. Contract with Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. $28169.00. (1/1/1992 - 12/31/1993). State of Kansas. Status: Funded. Project Director.
Reasonable Efforts in Permanency Planning. National Institute of Disabilities Rehabilitation Research to the Beach Center on Families and Disabilities, University of Kansas Life Span Institute. $150000.00. (1/1/1989 - 12/31/1993). Federal. Status: Funded. Core grant, $600,000/yr. for 5 years, project approximately $30,000/yr.
Reunification Training Manual. Contract with Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. $15687.00. (1/1/1992 - 12/31/1993). State of Kansas. Status: Funded. Project director.
Sedgwick County Pilot Reunification Project. funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation, Corporation for Change, and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. $118973.00. (1/1/1992 - 12/31/1993). Status: Funded

Selected Awards & Honors

Statland Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship in the School of Social Welfare
2009
Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Social Welfare
2008
Senior Administrative Fellow
Provost Office, University of Kansas
2007 - 2008
Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Social Welfare
2002
Excellence in Teaching Award
KU Center for Teaching Excellence
2001
Chancellor's Teaching Award, for Excellence in Teaching in School of Social Welfare
1996
Outstanding Faculty Award
KU School of Social Welfare Alumni Society
1994

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