Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions among children and adolescents. This site is designed for both families and professionals and is maintained by James Keim, MSW, LCSW, an author and psychotherapist who is focused on oppositional and conduct problems. He serves as Director of the Oppositional and Conduct Clinic at the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, is co-author of the book, The Violence of Men, has contributed chapters to ten edited psychotherapy books, and is currently a Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate. James directed the conference, Oppositional Youth, that was hosted at the National Institutes of Health in 1997. In particular, this website is dedicated to an intervention-driven refinement of one subgroup of ODD, that involving Justice Injury. Justice injury is a construct developed by Keim to describe a subset of ODD youth who seem to resist the good parenting and teaching approaches that work well with the vast majority of other children and adolescents.
Those with an existing understanding of the DSM description of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), are encouraged to go to the Justice Injury Page that defines this construct and describes how this concept can be used to guide treatment. Those who are not familiar with the clinical definition of ODD are encouraged to start with the ODD in DSM page.