As child and youth care practitioners increasingly engage with children, youth, and their families impacted by mental health concerns, the need for supporting resources is higher than ever. Recognizing the importance of mental health literacy, Introduction to Mental Health for Child and Youth Care is specifically designed to meet the professional practice needs of child and youth care practitioners. The first half examines the practitioner’s role in mental health care, issues with interprofessional communication and self-care, Indigenous perspectives on wellness, cultural safety and continuity, stigma, the domains of brain functioning, and how diagnoses are ascertained. Specific attention toward understanding mental health care through the theoretical perspectives of resilience, attachment, and trauma-informed care and unpacking the process of suicide intervention is offered. The second half addresses symptoms and interventions of various disorders common in child and adolescent populations, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, feeding and eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorder, in reference to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Readers will appreciate the organized structure, up-to-date content, and practical approach used in this textbook. Introduction to Mental Health for Child and Youth Care is an essential resource in mental health courses in child and youth care, human services, and social work programs.
• includes examples of evidence-based and emerging interventions designed to address specific disorders
• features links to online videos and further readings, as well as reflective activities that can be implemented in class or group discussions to encourage further exploration
“A great introductory text that intentionally balances theory and practice, acknowledges the intersectionality of mental health, and provides child and youth care practitioners with the necessary knowledge and language to effectively communicate and practice in interdisciplinary contexts.”
—Shemine A. Gulamhusein, Assistant Professor, Child and Youth Care, MacEwan University
“This book aims to enhance the mental health literacy of child and youth care practitioners while also highlighting the unique and valuable role child and youth care practitioners can play on a mental health team. The reflection questions and activities in each chapter encourage thoughtful and critical engagement with the material. It is clear that this book is written by people who understand both mental health and child and youth care practice. A much-needed resource for the child and youth care field.”
—Heather Modlin, Provincial Director, Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador, and Sessional Instructor, University of Victoria
“This book balances evidence-based practice with the relational and human aspect of child and youth care practice. It undoes the false binary of science and human services and seamlessly weaves the two to supplement the training of a well-informed and caring practitioner. The result is a textbook that is developmentally specific to children and adolescents and is rooted in relational practice.”
—Jaspreet Bal, Professor, Child and Youth Care, Humber College
Table of Contents:
List of Figures and Tables
Chapter 1: Child and Youth Care Practice and Mental Health Care
Chapter 2: Indigenous Perspectives on Mental Wellness
Chapter 3: Epidemiology of Mental Disorders and Myths about Mental Disorders
Chapter 4: Understanding the Brain
Chapter 5: Understanding Symptoms of Mental Disorders
Chapter 6: Understanding Mental Disorders: Ascertaining Diagnoses and Effective Interventions
Chapter 7: Attachment, Resilience, and Trauma-Informed Care in the Context of Mental Health
Chapter 8: Suicide Intervention
Chapter 9: Mental Disorders Often Manifesting with a Behaviour Disturbance
Chapter 10: Mood Disorders
Chapter 11: Anxiety and Related Disorders
Chapter 12: Feeding and Eating Disorders
Chapter 13: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Chapter 14: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Learning Disorders
Afterword: Mental Health Literacy and Child and Youth Care Practice
Appendix: Teen Mental Health's Glossary
About the Authors:
Patti Ranahan is an Associate Professor in Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University. Her child and youth care practice experience spans a range of settings, including residential care, outpatient mental health, and family support.
Stanley Kutcher is a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. He is an internationally acknowledged expert in youth mental health and was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2018.
Mina Hashish is a health care professional, researcher, and writer in the field of child and adolescent mental health.