Synopses & Reviews
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health problems for students. This book, the first of its kind, teaches teachers what signs to look for so they can direct their students to help and ensure emotional wellness in the classroom.
"Nadja Reilly has written a seminal book on the complex issue of anxiety and depression in children and how these common mental health problems impact learning and development. It is rare to find a book that connects research and its application as seamlessly as is done in this volume. Teachers will find this book to be an essential resource that gives them a foundation for understanding and support. This book is a gift to all of us who care about children and the lives they lead. It should be required reading for everyone working with elementary age children." Barbara J. Green, Ph.D., Co-founder, Center For Integrative Counseling and Wellness; Medical Director, Youth Health Connection, South Shore Hospitall
"A truly extraordinary book--sophisticated yet readily approachable, deeply informed by research while also very pragmatic. Nadja Reilly places anxiety and depression into a developmental framework of self-regulation and then provides highly effective strategies for classroom management, fostering emotional wellness, and communicating with parents. This book is an invaluable resource for school-based educators and for training future teachers, child-focused mental health professionals, and educational administrators." Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Vice President and Doctoral Clinical Psychology Faculty, William James College
"This book provides an outstanding overview of the critical importance of self-regulation to the learning process. Through the practical interventions that Reilly suggests, teachers can become instrumental in developing these competencies as one of the building blocks for successful learning in school. The author is to be commended for taking a very complex developmental phenomenon and explaining it both comprehensively and with such clarity. This book is an excellent contribution to efforts to help youth reduce the risks of more serious emotional difficulties which could compromise their true learning abilities and life potential." Eugene J. D'Angelo, PhD, ABPP, Chief of Psychology at Boston Children's Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
"An outstanding resource, with easy-to-apply, evidence-based strategies that will make a huge difference in fostering the emotional adjustment of children whose depression or anxiety compromises their school performance. Reilly provides numerous straightforward examples, activities, and approaches that can help parents ally with teachers to assist their children in coping with the emotional problems that most commonly disrupt learning and good peer relations in the classroom. This is a must-read for educators and guidance counselors." Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., ABPP, Dean and Professor, College of Science and Health, DePaul University; Former President, American Psychological Association
Guidance for teachers on two pressing problems in student mental health.
About the Author
Nadja Reilly, PhD, is a psychologist specializing in children and families. Dr. Reilly graduated from the University of Miami, Florida, and completed post-graduate training at Children's Hospital Boston, where she worked for 12 years. Dr. Reilly is a Lecturer of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Dreedman Center for Child and Family Development at William James College. Dr. Reilly is also the editor and main author of Preventing Depression: A Toolkit for Schools, and Break Free from Depression curricula, and executive producer of Break Free From Depression documentary. She has presented in numerous local and national conferences, and continues to promote awareness of child and family mental health needs through her teaching, research, and practice.