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The First Session with Children and Adolescents : Conducting a Mental Health Evaluation - Alvin E. House

The First Session with Children and Adolescents

Conducting a Mental Health Evaluation

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2002
ISBN: 9781572307506
Number Of Pages: 283

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This book provides a thorough, practical primer on carrying out an initial mental health evaluation with a child or adolescent client. The emphasis is on efficiently eliciting the information needed for formulating the young person's difficulties, clarifying the diagnostic situation, and planning for treatment or referral, within the context of a caring, respectful professional relationship. Beginning with the first contact with a new client, the reader is taken step-by-step through the collection and integration of observational, interview, background, and collateral information. Important issues covered include structuring the evaluation session, effective record keeping, confidentiality concerns, and providing feedback to parents. Reflecting the author's 25+ years of professional experience, the book is filled with interview segments that bring the practical business of child assessment to life.

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'Dr. House has produced a comprehensive guide to evaluating children that should be valuable to both novice and seasoned mental health professionals. He shares his years of clinical wisdom through instructional segments, case examples, and a thorough inclusion of the relevant literature. This book fills a great need for a concise, applied text that is both erudite and straightforward. As a person who trains doctoral and master's level students for work in schools and agencies, I know this book will be an invaluable resource for my students.' - Elliott Ingersoll, Counselor Education Program, Cleveland State University

The Mental Status Examination in Psychological Assessmentp. 1
Evaluations of Infants, Children, and Adolescentsp. 7
Sources of Datap. 28
Evaluating Cognitive Problems in Childrenp. 58
Evaluating Emotional Problems in Childrenp. 86
Evaluating Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescentsp. 122
Evaluating Relationship Problems in Youthsp. 159
Evaluating Pervasive Problems in Childrenp. 175
Evaluating Substance Use and Other Impulse Problems in Children and Adolescentsp. 193
Evaluating Highly Focused Problems in Children and Adolescentsp. 211
Data and Integration: Diagnosis, Recommendations, and Recordsp. 230
Concluding Thoughts: The Professional Practice of Mental Health Evaluationsp. 248
Referencesp. 251
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9781572307506
ISBN-10: 1572307501
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 283
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54