Hardback: £35.00 / $55.95
2007, 246mm x 173mm / 10in x 7in, 288pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-870-2, BIC 2: VFX JMC JNSL
Paperback: £16.99 / $23.95
2009, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 352pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-914-3, BIC 2: VFX JMC JNSL
Is this book for you?
I wrote this book mainly for parents who want to consult with an expert in child mental health treatment but haven't yet made the phone call or had an appointment.
- You may be worried about your preschooler who is having temper tantrums or who, despite having once been toilet trained, has recently started soiling her underclothes.
- Or perhaps your child is a third to fifth grader who seems impulsive and hyperactive, anxious, or depressed, and his teacher recently said that he wasn't learning at the pace she would expect.
- Maybe your child is an adolescent who is overly preoccupied with food and body weight, engaging in self-abusive behavior, or having troublesome mood swings and erratic behavior.
All parents worry and suffer when their son or daughter is in distress. You try everything you can think of to help. Generally, parents only consider a child mental health consultation when the usual ways of helping the child aren't working anymore. A parent who decides to seek professional support may worry about where to turn for help, and thus feel at the mercy of circumstances. So, specifically, how will this book be helpful? This book is for you if:
- you are concerned about your child's emotions and behavior, and want help figuring out what you can do to help (Chapters 1-5)
- you are thinking about getting professional help for you and your child, but do not know where to begin (Chapter 7)
- someone has suggested that your child should have a "psychological evaluation" but you do not know what that involves (Chapter 6)
- you are wondering how to evaluate particular treatment recommendations someone made for your child (Chapters 8-11)
- your child is already receiving treatment and you do not know how to judge it (Chapters 8-11)
- you have concerns about the costs of mental health care, questions about the practical matters of treatment, or want a book/internet resource list (Chapter 12 and the Appendix).
This book is also for pediatricians who want to consult with a child psychiatrist about a preschooler, school-aged child, or adolescent but have not been able to. Pediatricians can give this book as a resource to parents who have questions about emotional and behavioral difficulties of their child or adolescent.
In addition, this book is a resource for non-medical professionals, such as clinical social workers, psychologists, and counselors, in the field of child mental health treatment. It deals with issues like medical treatment, psychological testing, and perspectives for understanding and treating particular symptoms (such as anxiety, bullying, mood swings, and tantrums).
I would welcome your comments and suggestions about the book at: www.backontrack.kentalan.com.
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