This text is a practical guide to informed care for youth mental health. It presents the definition, etiology, steps for diagnosis, and evidence-based treatments for all of the major mental health problems commonly found in children and adolescents. The authors combine systems of care, social ecology, and strengths-based perspectives to create sensitive criteria for diagnoses and treatment plans that can achieve long-lasting improvements.
Each disorder is presented in two chapters. The first chapter discusses the DSM criteria, biological aspects of the disorder, differential diagnosing, and a case study applying the diagnostic criteria. The second chapter presents evidence-based treatments and medications and a discussion of the outcomes of the case study from the preceding chapter. This straightforward approach makes this book highly adaptable for the classroom and beyond.
About the Authors:
Kirstin Painter (LCSW, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington) is the senior director of research for MHMR Tarrant and a research associate for the Center for Child Welfare in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her area of research is child and adolescent mental health.
Maria Scannapieco (MSW, Temple University; PhD, University of Minnesota) is professor of social work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Over the course of her career she has done extensive research on working with children and adolescents and has published more than fifty articles on the topic.