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Children With Multiple Mental Health Challenges: An Integrated Approach to Intervention
     

Children With Multiple Mental Health Challenges: An Integrated Approach to Intervention

by Sarah Landy
 

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"...[T]his book provides valuable information on taking care of children with complex mental health challenges. Chapters present information in tabular format, which makes the book easy to use in practice. The case vignettes are practical and helpful in understanding a child as a unique case and not just a diagnosis. The list of the most valid and reliable

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"...[T]his book provides valuable information on taking care of children with complex mental health challenges. Chapters present information in tabular format, which makes the book easy to use in practice. The case vignettes are practical and helpful in understanding a child as a unique case and not just a diagnosis. The list of the most valid and reliable screening and assessment tools is valuable, as is the information on useful websites. The book also clearly provides up-to-date, basic information on neurobiology and genetics, as well as ongoing research in the field."--Doody's Medical Reviews

Mental health practitioners who work with children are often confronted with complex, difficult-to-treat mental health issues that do not respond to conventional methods of psychotherapy. These children have a web of multiple impairments that are comprised not just of emotional and behavioral issues, but also learning and other cognitive disorders.Children With Multiple Mental Health Challenges presents an innovative, evidence-based approach to understanding and treating this difficult population that integrates the child's development and functioning into diagnosis and treatment. It does not rely on diagnostic categories alone, but explores the functioning of children in several dimensions of development and considers multiple levels of influence.

The book builds on an individualized, integrated approach to present a variety of evidence-based strategies for working with children with multiple challenges. It considers children from preschool age to adolescence with a number of severe difficulties. These may include extreme aggression, oppositional defiant behavior, significant anxiety and depression, cognitive and academic challenges, delays in speech and language, problems with attention and concentration, sensory integration problems, and unresolved trauma. The treatment strategies included can be used by various specialists within the intervention team, as well as by parents and teachers.

Key Features:

  • Presents an innovative approach to working with children with multiple disorders, often the most challenging cases for clinicians
  • Moves beyond standard "recipes" for treatment planning to encompass developmental (including social and biological factors) and functional aspects of working with children
  • Includes case studies as well as detailed treatment plans
  • Offers treatment strategies that can be used by the intervention team, teachers and parents

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Seleena M. Shrestha, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an overview of the assessment and treatment of children with complex mental health problems. The book is divided into three broad sections that methodically illustrate an approach to children that strives to prevent or alleviate chronic mental illness by timely diagnosis, complete assessment, and intervention. The information is evidence based and the authors have made an effort to provide an integrated approach to treating children.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to provide readers with a thorough understanding of the complex challenges of assessing and treating children. The book discusses the current understanding of brain development and child psychopathology along with known genetic factors contributing to some psychiatric disorders as well as ongoing research in the field. It explains the roles of the various professionals involved in the management of children with behavioral and emotional dysregulation. The authors do not intend to provide detailed information on neurobiology, psychiatric diagnoses, psychopharmacology, or psychotherapeutic techniques. The authors focus on a systems approach and making readers aware of their responsibility to provide an integrated treatment approach.
Audience: The authors suggest that this book can be used as a primary or secondary textbook for undergraduate or graduate clinical training programs in child psychopathology. It can be useful to psychology students, child psychiatry residents, social workers, and other clinicians working with children. It will certainly help recent graduates practicing in the field.
Features: The first of the book's three sections details the developmental and functional aspects of assessment and treatment. The authors use the explanatory theory of developmental psychopathology and the transactional model. They detail typical developmental milestones along with parenting strategies for each age until age 13 in a tabular format for a very convenient reference. The authors describe detailed biological and psychosocial factors affecting the child from genetic vulnerability to temperament styles. This section continues with an overview of screening and assessment. The authors list commonly used tools and various screening tests for different ages. They emphasize that any subsequent evaluation is incomplete without a comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment involving speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, teachers, and pediatricians. Section 2, on understanding the problem and its treatment, consists of information on sensory processing and integration, language and communication disorders, and the effects of trauma. It is the longest section, covering sensorimotor problems to disorders of attachment, with information on several DSM 5 diagnoses, although it is minimal. The final section describes strategies to work with parents, school-based mental health services, and early intervention programs. The suggestions for early intervention programs are valuable and explain their economic benefits. Each chapter in the book includes case vignettes that demonstrate the concepts.
Assessment: Overall, this book provides valuable information on taking care of children with complex mental health challenges. Chapters present information in tabular format, which makes the book easy to use in practice. The case vignettes are practical and helpful in understanding a child as a unique case and not just a diagnosis. The list of the most valid and reliable screening and assessment tools is valuable, as is the information on useful websites. The book also clearly provides up-to-date, basic information on neurobiology and genetics, as well as ongoing research in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826199614
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
576
File size:
34 MB
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Meet the Author

Sarah Landy, PhD, CPsych, is a developmental-clinical psychologist who has worked for more than 35 years in children's mental health. She has a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and completed training at the Child Development Unit, Harvard University with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and at the University of Washington with Dr. Stanley Greenspan. Dr. Landy has worked as a clinician, home visitor, program developer, clinical and program director, researcher, and teacher. She is an Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, York University in Ontario and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Developmental Psychology, University of Western Australia. While on the staff of the Hincks-Dellcrest Child Treatment Centre in Toronto, Dr. Landy co-founded the "Growing Together" program, an early intervention program for high-risk children and their families who came from many cultures and countries throughout the world. She has received the YWCA award for professional women and the Canadian Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public or Community Service. Dr. Landy has published three books on early childhood development and intervention: Pathways to Competence: Enhancing the Emotional and Social Development of Young Children, 2nd ed. (2009); Early Intervention with Multi-Risk Families: An Integrative Approach (2006), and Pathways to Competence: A parenting program (2007). Pathways to Competence: A parenting program has been adopted by the American Academy of Pediatricians in parts of California, and Florida, and is used in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Latvia. Dr. Landy recently joined the Circle for Children Foundation in Ontario, Canada as a consultant. She also consults for the Mindwerx4kids Early Learning Centre and Prep School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the Child and Adolescent Health Service at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Western Australia.

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