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An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

May 2014 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Anyone who works within children and adolescent mental health services will tell you what a challenging and complex world it is. To help prepare you, the authors have produced a clear introduction to child and adolescent mental health that takes you step-by-step on a journey through the subject. Beginning with the foundations, the book explores the common mental health concepts and influences that you can expect to encounter examining topics like the difference between emotional and mental health issues and how mental health problems develop. It then moves on to explore the vital skills that you will need to develop like effective communication and basic counselling skills, and introduces some of the common interventions like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic theory and Family work.

Written by a multi-disciplinary team of passionate and experienced experts, the book strikes an effective balance between introducing the relevant theory and showing how this can be applied in the real world. It is an essential starting point to the subject of child and adolescent mental health and suitable for any students planning to support this group.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health
Infant, Child and Adolescent Development
Safeguarding Children and Young People and Children's Rights
Mental Health Promotion Strategies with Children, Young People and Families
Effective Communication with Children, Young People and their Families
Interventions with Children, Young People and Families
Group Work with Children, Young People and Families
Values, Attitudes, Beliefs and Inequalities when Working with Children, Young People and their Families

This is a good resource for those wanting to develop knowledge of child mental health issues and services in the UK. The author is clearly passionate about the issues and this comes across. Child mental health problems are summarised, together with the main child development theories and applications with useful related activities. Therapeutic intervention is explained in an accessible and balanced way and communication techniques are outlined with relevant underpinning theory.

Ms Teresa Bufton
Social Work, Heart of Worcestershire College
August 8, 2019

Perfectly fitting to our course and an easy read for students new to child and adolescent mental health

Dr James Porter
Inst of Health, Soc Care & Psychology, Worcester University
September 13, 2016

This book gives will give an excellent foundation for students who will be commencing child health related degrees, the book is set out clearly and explores concepts in excellent detail. My only concern is that the content will quickly date due to significant ongoing changes to the CAMHS sector, but that just offers more scope for a second, third and fourth edition, all of which I would be interested in reading! Well formatted and well presented, students would benefit from having this as a pre course reader and a as a text book for the duration of the course.

Miss Shelly Ann Haslam
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
September 2, 2016

Excellent introduction to an area which needs a wider spotlight. Easily accessible text with excellent practice examples.

Miss Laura Guest
School Of Care Studies, West Herts College
January 29, 2016

Excellent and accessible text covering an important topic. Just one small criticism is that the authors failed to debate/critique rising numbers of mental health conditions and the effectiveness of contemporary interventions and emotional/resilience intervention programmes

Mrs Paula Louise Hamilton
School of Education & Community, Glyndwr University
December 15, 2015

The book provides some useful information about communicating with children, safeguarding, mental health promotion and intervention. However, I was looking for a book with a greater emphasis on CAMHS.

Mr Jeremy Dixon
Dept of Social and Policy Sciences, Bath University
November 3, 2015

Many more children and young people are being treated in general paediatric areas therefore there is a need to equip children's nurses in these areas with an understanding and the skills to care for these children and young people. This text will start this learning. Easy to read. Good application of theory to practice. Good use of case studies to illustrate theoretical concepts being presented.

Mrs Linda Jane Moore
Fac of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
June 19, 2015

A very useful text with a wide scope. Some really thought provoking activities and useful scenarios included.

Mr Scott Macpherson
The School of Nursing & Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
June 16, 2015

Useful as there seems to be a fear of nursing children with mental health issues. A very informative useful text book.

Miss Mel Webb
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bedfordshire University
June 12, 2015

Excellent introductory text for our new module on mental heath.

Mr Graham Bright
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University
April 16, 2015

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