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Christopher G. Petr, PhD

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


Academic Areas

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


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

Petr, C. Harrington, D. Kim, K. Black, B. Cunningham-Williams, R. & Bentley, K. (in press). Quality indicators and expected outcomes for social work phd programs: Perceptions of social work students, faculty, and administrators. Journal of Social Work Education.

Johnson, M. Petr, C. G., & Mitchell, F. (2014). Factors associated with success in Ph.D. social work programs. Journal of Social Work Education, 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. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 30(6).

Harrington, D. Petr, C. Black, B. Cunningham-Williams, R. & Bentley, K. (2013). Quality guidelines for social work PhD programs. Research on Social Work Practice, XX(X), 1-6.

Kang, M. Petr, C. & Morningstar, M. (2012). Improving transition-to-adulthood outcomes of youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities. School Social Work Journal, 37(1), 54-74.

Walter, U. M., & Petr, C. G. (2011). Best practices in wraparound: A multidimensional view on the evidence. Social Work, 56(1), 73-80.

Petr, C. G. (Ed.). (2009). Multidimensional evidence based practice: Synthesizing knowledge, research, and values (C. G. Petr, Ed.). New York and London: Routledge Taylor and Francis.

Petr, C. G., & Walter, U. (2009). Evidence-based practice: A critical reflection. European Journal of Social Work, 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. Social Work in Mental Health, 7(5), 508-527.

McLendon, T. McLendon, D. & Petr, C. G. (2008). A therapeutic wilderness family camp utilizing family-directed structural therapy: A conceptual overview. Journal of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping, 7(1), 18-24.

Walter, U. & Petr, C. G. (2008). Family-centered residential treatment: Knowledge, research, and values converge. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 25(1), 1-16.

Petr, C. G. (2008). Foster care independent living services: Youth perspectives. Families in Society, 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. Families in Society, 87(4), 612-620.

Walter, U. & Petr, C. G. (2006). Lessons from the research on paraprofessionals for attendant care in children's mental health. Community Mental Health Journal, 42(5), 459-475.

Petr, C. G., & Walter, U. (2005). Best practices inquiry: A multi-dimensional, value-critical framework. Journal of Social Work Education, 41(2), 251-268.

McLendon, D. McLendon, T. & Petr, C. G. (2005). Family directed structural therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 31(4), 327-339.

Petr, C. G. (2005). Transition to adulthood for Kansas youth in foster care: A qualitative study of youth perspectives. Topeka, KS: Kansas Action for Children.

Petr, C. G. (2004). Social work with children and their families, New York: Oxford University Press.

Walter, U. & Petr, C. G. (2004). Promoting successful transitions to regular school environments for youth with serious emotional disorders. Children in Schools (formerly Social Work in Education), 26(3), 175-180.

Petr, C. G. (2003). Building family-school partnerships: A primer for educators, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Education Press.

Martin, J. Petr, C. G., & Kapp, S. (2003). Consumer satisfaction with children's mental health services. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 20(3), 211-226.

Petr, C. G. (2001). Building family-school partnerships: A curriculum for Kansas educators. Topeka, KS: Kansas State Department of Education.

Walter, U. & Petr, C. G. (2000). A template for family-centered interagency collaboration. Families in Society, 81(5), 494-503.

Petr, C. G., Holtquist, S. & Martin, J. (2000). Consumer-run organizations for youth. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 24(2), 142-148.

Petr, C. G. (1999). Family-centered practice (C. Smith). Encyclopedia of parenting. Greenwood Press/Plenum Publishers.

Petr, C. G., & Johnson, I. (1999). Privatization of foster care in Kansas: A cautionary tale. Social Work, 44(3), 263-268.

Martin, J. S., & Petr, C. G. (1999). Kansas Consumer Satisfaction Survey: Children's Mental Health.

Petr, C. G. (1998). Social work with children and their families: Pragmatic foundations, New York: Oxford University Press.

Allen, R. I., & Petr, C. G. (1998). Re-thinking family-centered practice. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 68(1), 4-15.

Litzelfelner, P. & Petr, C. G. (1997). Case advocacy in child welfare. Social Work, 42(4), 392-402.

Petr, C. G., & Allen, R. I. (1997). Family-centered professional behaviors: Frequency and importance to families. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 5(4), 196-204.

Allen, R. & Petr, C. G. (1996). Towards developing standards and measurements for family-centered practice in family support programs. In G. Singer, L. Powers, & A. Olson (Eds.), Redefining family support: Innovations in public-private partnerships (pp. 57-86). Baltimore: Brookes Publishing.

Petr, C. G. (1996). [Review of the book Supporting and strengthening families (vol. 1)]. Social Work, 41(5), 562-563.

Petr, C. G. (1996). [Review of the book Working with families ]. Social Work, 41(5), 562-563.

Petr, C. G. (1995). Foster parenting (D. Levinson). Encyclopedia of marriage and the family, 313-314. New York: Macmillan.

Petr, C. G., Murdock, B. & Chapin, R. (1995). Home care for children dependent on medical technology: The parent perspective. Social Work in Health Care, 21(1), 5-22.

Petr, C. G., & Entrikin, C. (1995). Service system barriers to successful reunification. Families in Society, 76(9), 523-532.

Allen, R. I., Petr, C. G., & Brown, B. C. (1995). Family centered behavior scale and user's manual. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Beach Center on Families and Disability.

Petr, C. G. (1995). Helping professionals and programs become more family-centered. Focal Point: A National Bulletin on Family Support and Children's Mental Health 10, 11

Petr, C. G. (1994). An exploratory study of crises that threaten out-of-home placement of children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders. Families in Society, 75(4), 195-203.

Petr, C. G., & Barney, D. (1993). Reasonable efforts for children with disabilities: The parent perspective. Social Work, 38(3), 247-255.

Petr, C. G., Entrikin, C. & Kuhn, L. (1993). Reunification training manual. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare.

Petr, C. G., & Entrikin, C. (1993). Final report: Sedgwick County Pilot Reunification Project. Topeka, KS: Corporation for Change.

Petr, C. G. (1992). Adultcentrism in practice with children. Families in Society, 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 of Mental Health Administration, 19(2), 195-206.

Petr, C. G. (1991). A consumer-friendly model of implementation. Administration in Social Work, 15(3), 67-82.

Petr, C. G., & Spano, R. (1990). Evolution of social services for children with emotional disorders. Social Work, 35(3), 228-234.

Petr, C. G., & Poertner, J. (1989). Protection and advocacy for the mentally ill: New hope for emotionally disturbed children? Community Mental Health Journal, 25(2), 156-163.

Petr, C. G. (1988). The worker-client relationship: A general systems perspective. Social Casework, 69(10), 620-626.

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