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The First Session with Children and Adolescents: Conducting a Comprehensive Mental Health Evaluationby Alvin E House
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House (Illinois State University) offers a primer on carrying out initial mental health evaluations which focuses on eliciting information, clarifying diagnostic situation, and planning for treatment or referral. He demonstrates how to build rapport with clients of different ages; provides specific recommendations for dealing with young people with behavioral, emotional, and cognitive difficulties; and explains how to integrate information from parents, informal and structured interviews, psychological testing, and school and medical records. He devotes special attention to kids' confidentiality concerns, record keeping, and providing feedback to parents.
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Here is a thorough, practical primer on carrying out an initial mental health evaluation with a child or adolescent. Beginning with the first contact, the reader is taken step-by-step through the collection and integration of observational, interview, background, and collateral information. Important issues covered range from structuring the evaluation to providing feedback to parents.
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.
About the Author
Alvin E. House, PhD, is a clinical psychologist whose professional practice has focused on psychological evaluation. For the past quarter of a century he has conducted assessments for medical, vocational, school, and forensic consultations. As Associate Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University, he routinely teaches graduate-level courses in mental health diagnosis, psychological assessment, and psychopathology. The author of [i]DSM-IV Diagnosis in the Schools[i/], Dr. House has published articles and book chapters on intellectual, personality, and neuropsychological testing.
Table of Contents
1. The Mental Status Examination in Psychological Assessment
2. Evaluations of Infants, Children, and Adolescents
3. Sources of Data
4. Evaluating Cognitive Problems in Children
5. Evaluating Emotional Problems in Children
6. Evaluating Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
7. Evaluating Relationship Problems in Youths
8. Evaluating Pervasive Problems in Children
9. Evaluating Substance Use and Other Impulse Problems in Children and Adolescents
10. Evaluating Highly Focused Problems in Children and Adolescents
11. Data and Integration: Diagnosis, Recommendations, and Referrals
12. Concluding Thoughts: The Professional Practice of Mental Health Evaluation
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