Helping Students Overcome Depression and Anxiety / Edition 1

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"Depression, anxiety, and other internalizing disorders can have severe and lasting consequences for children and adolescents. This book provides clear-cut strategies for addressing these problems creatively and effectively with students in grades K-12. A concise overview of the nature, development, and course of childhood depression and anxiety is delineated, and a comprehensive assessment model is outlined. Chapters then present a wide range of empirically supported interventions that are easy to implement and readily adaptable to diverse settings. Cognitive-behavioral and psychoeducational techniques are described in jargon-free language, and numerous reproducible worksheets are included to facilitate the practitioner's day-to-day work. Other topics covered include currently available psychiatric medications for depression and anxiety, and when and how a psychiatric referral should be made."--BOOK JACKET.
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"Childhood internalizing disorders often do not receive as much attention as they should, particularly in school settings. Dr. Merrell's text provides a welcome response to this problem, as it presents a wealth of practical information regarding empirically supported methods for the assessment and treatment of childhood depression and anxiety. School psychologists and counselors will find it to be a unique and invaluable resource." --David N. Miller, PhD., University at Albany, State University of New York

"Child and adolescent depression and anxiety are often under-identified and misunderstood. This manual provides a well-integrated compendium of successful treatment approaches. Filling a major need, this is a valuable resource for school psychologists, social workers, school counselors, and mental health professionals. It presents a range of practical individual and group interventions to use in private practice, school, and community-based settings." --Paula Freer, MSW, PhD, Coordinator of Psychological Services, Troup County, GA, Public Schools

"This well-written, reader-friendly book blends Merrell's research expertise in the area of childhood internalizing disorders with his sensitivity as a clinician. The discussion of real issues and situations that occur when therapy is conducted in the school setting makes this an important resource. Graduate students learning to do therapy and school-based practitioners looking to help youth suffering from anxiety or depression will benefit from reading this book. It clearly illustrates how research can influence practice in a meaningful way." --Jeff Laurent, PhD, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University

"An exceptionally useful book. Merrell cuts directly to the essential points--what internalizing disorders are, how they can best be recognized and assessed, and which specific interventions work. The link between assessment and intervention blends the theoretical, empirical, and clinical knowledge base superbly. An excellent resource for practitioners and trainers, this is also an appropriate text for courses in child counseling and therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and school-based interventions." --Harriet Cobb, EdD, Combined Program in Clinical, School, and Counseling Psychology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Merrell (psychology, U. of Iowa) presents strategies for helping students in grades K-12 to overcome depression and anxiety. Aimed at support service professionals who work with at-risk students in school settings, the text describes a variety of intervention techniques. Coverage includes, for example, the development of internalizing problems, linking assessment to intervention, cognitive therapy techniques for depression, behavioral treatments for anxiety, social skills training, and referral guidelines. The volume also includes a section of reproducible worksheets. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Kenneth W. Merrell, PhD, until his death in 2011, was Professor of School Psychology and Director of the Oregon Resiliency Project at the University of Oregon. For 25 years, Dr. Merrell's influential teaching and research focused on social-emotional assessment and intervention for at-risk children and adolescents and social-emotional learning in schools. He published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles; several books and nationally normed assessment instruments; and the Strong Kids programs, a comprehensive social and emotional learning curriculum. Dr. Merrell was a Fellow of the Division of School Psychology (Division 16) and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53) of the American Psychological Association. He received the Senior Scientist Award from Division 16, the Division's highest honor for excellence in science.

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Table of Contents

1. Understanding Depression and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents
2. How Depression and Anxiety Develop and Are Maintained
3. Guidelines for Assessment and Intervention Planning
4. Comprehensive Intervention Programs for Depression
5. Changing Thoughts and Beliefs: Cognitive Therapy Techniques for Depression
6. Changing Thoughts and Beliefs: Rational-Emotive Therapy, Attribution Retraining, Learned Optimism, and Journal-Writing Strategies for Depression
7. Behavior Change, Emotional Education, Interpersonal Problem-Solving, and Conflict Resolution Strategies for Depression
8. Behavioral Treatments for Anxiety: Systematic Desensitization
9. Social Skills Training and Other Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Anxiety
10. Finding More Help: Referral Guidelines for Mental Health Counseling, Psychiatric Medications, and Alternative Treatments
Appendix: Reproducible Worksheets
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