How to Talk to Families About Child and Adolescent Mental Illness

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When a young person suffers from an anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, the entire family supporting that young person suffers, too.
This is a practical and accessible book for the clinician working with these families. Therapists will learn how child and adolescent mental illness affects the family, as well as the most common issues and concerns of these families. Although grounded in current theory and research, the book emphasizes professional ...

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Overview

When a young person suffers from an anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, the entire family supporting that young person suffers, too.
This is a practical and accessible book for the clinician working with these families. Therapists will learn how child and adolescent mental illness affects the family, as well as the most common issues and concerns of these families. Although grounded in current theory and research, the book emphasizes professional practice with families, and includes rich case material and clinical applications. Written with sensitivity, and filled with practical approaches to real clinical situations, it will empower both therapists and families.

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Editorial Reviews

The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
“[C]omprehensive and practical…. [F]ull of useful information. I really recommend it.”
The Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
“[I]nsightful and engaging…[P]leasurable and educational…. [A] volume which occupies a unique position in the market, a space not filled by handbooks/textbooks and psychotherapy manuals. The clarity of the prose and the narrative structure reflects the wisdom and depth of understanding of the authors. We recommend the book for anyone involved in providing professional care for children and adolescents with mental illness. It may serve as an ideal supplementary textbook for those in training. It is certainly educational for novice practitioners, but experienced practitioners may also find it as a useful reminder, that in times of turmoil, families find simple, straightforward advice, direction and guidance bolster their psychological resources to navigate the complex and bumpy road ahead.”
Mary A. Fristad
“Diane Marsh and Melissa Marks eloquently weave personal stories of families who have experienced painful obstacles in caring for their ill family member with useful guidelines on accessing appropriate services from the mental health and school systems. They provide overviews of diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders in youth—and include helpful tips on what to do, and what not to do. This book will provide much-needed support and relief for many struggling families.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705706
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/26/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,031,450
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa J. Marks, EdD, is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Diane T. Marsh, PhD, is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Impact of Mental Illness on Children, Adolescents, and Families

Ch. 1 Introduction 3

Ch. 2 The Family Experience of Mental Illness 19

Sect. II Helping Families Cope with Mental Illness

Ch. 3 Helping Families Cope With the Mental Health System 39

Ch. 4 Helping Families Understand the Educational System 58

Ch. 5 Helping Families Cope With the Educational System 76

Ch. 6 Helping Families Cope With Mental Illness 91

Sect. III Helping Families Cope With Specific Mental Disorders

Ch. 7 Talking to Families About Anxiety Disorders 115

Ch. 8 Talking to Families About Depression 136

Ch. 9 Talking to Families About Bipolar Disorder 154

Ch. 10 Talking to Families About Schizophrenia 173

Sect. IV Family-Professional Collaboration

Ch. 11 Effective Family-Focused Services 199

Ch. 12 Planning for the Future 214

References 225

Index 239

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