Description: This is a manual for both clinical practice and consultation in the community setting. The editors note that this is not a textbook. In general, the book provides clinically relevant information for those professionals practicing in this setting.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a guide for those working in community settings. It is intended to provide a road map to a higher level of practice in these settings. These are worthy objectives because oftentimes those who end up practicing in these settings have had little if any formal training. The editors meet their basic objectives.
Audience: The book is written for child psychiatrists, child psychologists, clinical nurses, social workers, and other mental health practitioners working in community settings. The contributors have different educational backgrounds, and have served different roles in various community settings. The information encompasses these different perspectives.
Features: The book covers the basic principles of community child and adolescent psychiatry, including the historical, political, fiscal, social, legal, and administrative aspects. It further applies these principles to the particular agencies. Also, it defines the different mental health professionals' roles in these settings.
Assessment: The case examples illustrated well how the information could be clinically applied. I liked the use of the different role perspectives, but some of the chapters, such as those on legal issues, did not adequately cover the topic. The information seemed too basic for some of the targeted audience. Also, it is sometimes unclear how the suggested readings would further contribute to one's understanding or knowledge. Finally, the figures were not helpful. This book might be helpful to those wanting to work in a community setting and it might offer some additional insight to those who have already had formal training in these settings. However, I think clinical experience is almost always more educational.