Highly practical and accessible, this book shows how to synthesize complex information about child and adolescent mental health problems into clinically useful case formulations that complement diagnosis. Provided are strategies and tools for analyzing the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and developmental factors that may be contributing to a child's or adolescent's difficulties (ages 4-18). Numerous case examples illustrate the steps in crafting a comprehensive formulation and using it to plan effective, individualized treatment. Helpful reproducible forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8˝" x 11" size.
"Finally! This book will revive the vanishing skill of gathering multi-source clinical information and integrating it into a comprehensive formulation to guide culturally and developmentally sensitive biopsychosocial treatment. Manassis brings extensive clinical experience to her dedication to evidence-based mental health practice. This book should be required reading for all clinicians who aspire to provide optimal treatment for children and their families."--Mina K. Dulcan, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Robert and Anne H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine