Child and Adolescent Mental Health

May 1, 2019


Essential Reading

Introduction to Preadolescent Depression  
Prior to the 1970s, the existence of childhood depression was not widely accepted in the psychiatric community; however it is an important public health concern because it is often a “gateway” condition that increases the risk for recurrent depression in adolescence and adulthood, particularly when there is a strong family loading for depression.

The Relation of Self-Regulation to Children’s Externalizing and Internalizing Problems 
Considers some useful conceptual distinctions in the domain of control, briefly present heuristic hypotheses regarding the relations between regulation-relevant constructs and externalizing and internalizing behaviors, and review representative empirical findings.

Child and Adolescent Mental-Health Disorders 
Provides an overview of some of the most commonly seen disorders in children and adolescents: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and specific learning disorders.

Diagnostic Issues 
Based on the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, this comprehensive, interdisciplinary guidebook is designed for the mental health practitioner seeking to utilize proven and effective interventions with children and adolescents suffering from significant anxiety and phobic disorders.

Understanding Trauma in Children and Adolescents

Creating Safe Environments for Traumatized Children in Schools 
Explores three crucial areas—safety, connection, and emotional and behavioral regulation—as the foundational pillars of a trauma-informed structure.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 
Reviews the evidence basis for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents.

Assessment and Special Considerations in Treating Adolescent Trauma Survivors 
Presents some guidelines for assessing adolescent trauma survivors, identifying and monitoring target symptoms, and determining the client’s readiness for treatment.

Mental Health Services in School Settings

Classroom-Based Services for Adolescents With Mental Health Needs 
Describes a tiered model of prevention and intervention in the classroom that is efficient and cost-effective, and details specific interventions with solid or emerging evidence for effectiveness in secondary settings.

SFBT Techniques and Solution Building 
Provides an overview of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy model and highlights the contributions made by pioneers in the field, contrasts the techniques of SFBT with typical approaches used in schools, and discusses how the SFBT theory creates behavioral change in students.

Defining Loss: Preparing to Support Bereaved Students 
Addresses general knowledge about grief, as well as bereavement in school-age children, including foundational information to support how we define loss from individual, relational, cultural, and developmental perspectives.

Working with Children in Foster Care

Anxiety, Trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders 
A discussion of assessment and diagnostic considerations for anxiety disorders and PTSD. Evidence-supported psychosocial and pharmacological treatment approaches for both are reviewed, and key principles for treatment are provide

Counseling Students Living in Foster Care 
Although it is important for counselors to understand issues facing students in foster care and counseling approaches that may benefit these students, simply being present and consistent in the lives of students in foster care can provide some much-needed support and help students feel more open to seeking and accepting help.

Former Foster Care Youth and Resilient Functioning in Young Adulthood 
Reviews the literature on predictors of work and educational competence, competence in close relationships, and self-competence, and concludes with five recommendations for future research.

Transitions of Youth in Foster Care 
Focuses on the transition to independent living process required of youth and young adults who are “aging out” of the foster care system.

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