JOHNSON CITY, TENN. -

ETSU is taking part in a program that gives parents the tools to address their children's behavioral issue.

The program is called "the family checkup."

Mental health professionals identify a child's behavioral issues. They give parents the skills to help their kids through these issues.

Doctor Jodi Palaha says the program works.  "It's a one to two session interaction with the family so it's not a long haul, it doesn't require many, many weeks of therapy." says Palaha. "It's really based on the parents interest and motivation as well a good assessment of what there strengths and weaknesses are."


ETSU hopes the system will work even better with the primary care physician since  the family is comfortable with them.