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Understanding the Mental Health Problems of Children and Adolescents A Guide for Social Workers

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2021-01-08
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Understanding Mental Health Problems of Children and Adolescents is a practical guide to identifying, diagnosing, and treating mental health and substance abuse challenges in children and adolescents. In the book, Kirstin Painter and Maria Scannapieco take on ADHD, childhood trauma, anxiety disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, the spectrum of schizophrenia, psychosis, and substance abuse. For each of these, they provide definitions as well as early signs of detection, symptoms, diagnoses, and even treatment options. In doing this, they emphasize the importance of working with youth and caregivers and why social workers should address mental health issues like these using a strengths- and trauma-informed perspective.

Painter and Scannapieco break each diagnosis into two chapters to ensure they give adequate coverage for each diagnosis. The first chapter for each discusses and includes the DSM criteria, the biological aspects of the disorder, differential diagnosing, and a case study applying the diagnostic criteria. The second presents evidence-based treatments and medications and follows-up the preceding case study with a discussion of the outcomes. This new edition includes discussions of the 21st Century Cures Act, cultural humility, techniques for intervention with youth, childhood trauma, and more. The final chapters discuss the importance of collaboration between schools, mental health providers, child protective services, and families.

Promoting positive mental health in youth from a system of care perspective, readers will learn about the mental health issues facing children and adolescents as well as the relevant definitions, etiology, and evidence-based treatments to ensure they can gather enough information to make a proper diagnoses.

Author Biography

Kirstin Painter, PhD, LCSW, worked in the areas surrounding community mental health for over 20 years, most recently as Senior Director of Evaluation and Research. She is currently a Program Specialist in the Office of Research Sciences at the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Maria Scannapieco, PhD, MSW, is Distinguished University Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington and Director of the Center for Child Welfare. She has worked in the public child welfare arena for over 40 years as an educator and researcher. She has published over 150 articles and presented numerous times on Indian Child Welfare, the impact of child maltreatment, out-of-home placement, youth aging out of foster care, and the training and retention of child welfare workers.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Framework for Understanding and Treating Mental Health Problems
Chapter 3: Overview of Child and Youth Development
Chapter 4: Childhood Trauma
Chapter 5: Depressive Disorders
Chapter 6: Treatment of Depressive Disorders
Chapter 7: Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 8: Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 9: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chapter 10: Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chapter 11: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD)
Chapter 12: Treatment for Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Chapter 13: Bipolar Disorder
Chapter 14: Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
Chapter 15: Schizophrenia Spectrum and First Episode Psychosis
Chapter 16: Treatment of Schizophrenia Spectrum and First Episode Psychosis
Chapter 17: Substance Abuse Co-occurrence with Mental Health Issues
Chapter 18: Children and Adolescents with Mental Illness and the Education System

Appendix: Web Resources

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