Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Approx. 280 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
November 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380674
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Child and Youth Mental Health in Canada is the first book to cover child and adolescent mental health from a practical, settings-based approach. Rather than focusing on disorder etiology or diagnostic criteria, the cases in this book emphasize how mental health concerns manifest themselves in a variety of service contexts.

Each chapter, contributed by a practitioner in the human services, provides an overview of the setting to create the context for practice. The contributors present appropriate interventions and activities for that setting, including interventions specific to the unique needs of refugee, indigenous, and LGBTQ children and youth. Covering trauma-based behaviours and attachment difficulties, practitioner wellness, residential care, in-patient care, school settings, family homes, recreational settings, secured programs, and juvenile justice, this collection will help to prepare future front-line professionals to effectively provide mental health support across milieus.

This book is suitable for undergraduate child and adolescent mental health courses in child and youth care, psychology, child and family studies, and social work.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Practitioner Wellness
Patricia Kostouros

Chapter 2 Trauma and Attachment
Brenda Thompson

Chapter 3 Family Home
Theresa Tucker-Wright

Chapter 4 Elementary School
Brenda Thompson, Caroline Westwood, and Darci Fulton

Chapter 5 Junior High and High School
Nicole Caines

Chapter 6 Recreation
Howard Bloom

Chapter 7 Residential Care
Katharin Pritchard

Chapter 8 Secure Treatment
Jason Slemko, Bryan Hume, Roy Bailey, Lorinda Molner, and Patricia Kostouros

Chapter 9 Youth Shelter
Donna Barker and Brad Pickford

Chapter 10 Youth Criminal Justice
Kristen Dubrule and Michelle Briegel

Chapter 11 Youth in Transition
Chelan McCallion


Appendix A Class Activities
Appendix B Links to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -Fifth Edition

Patricia Kostouros

Patricia Kostouros is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work at Mount Royal University.

Brenda Thompson

Brenda Thompson is an instructor in both the Child and Youth Care bachelor degree and the Correctional Services diploma program at MacEwan University.

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