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Fostering Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the Classroom

Fostering Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the Classroom

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March 2006 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Fostering Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the Classroom provides educators and school personnel with a thorough, readable guide to some of the most common mental health issues they are likely to confront in the classroom. Editor Raymond J. Waller offers pre-service and in-service educators strategic tools to help take the proper steps toward addressing the mental health issues of their students.    

Key Features:
  • Encourages effective collaboration between teachers and mental health professionals: While most books related to children's mental health are written for mental health personnel, this book offers strategies that teachers can use in their classrooms to help children with mental health issues. The chapters in this book are written by experts in the field and address contemporary, common mental health issues experienced by children and adolescents.
  • Gives teachers confidence in having a positive impact: Educators are often among the most influential people in the lives of children and this book offers helpful and practical roles for educators in promoting mental health in all children. Real-life vignettes demonstrate how various mental health problems may manifest in the classroom and how these problems can be addressed effectively in the school setting.
  • Helps identify mental health problems in the classroom: Few teachers are specifically taught to identify student behaviors that may potentially result in severely reduced functioning or risk of harm to self or others. This text will assist educators in recognizing symptoms of crisis and offer practical suggestions rather than treatment or diagnosis, which is beyond the purview of most educators.  
Intended Audience:
This is an excellent supplementary textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on Classroom Management. It can also be used in a variety of courses in Education, Special Education, Educational Psychology, School Psychology, School Counseling, and School Social Work.

Raymond J. Waller & Jeffrey P. Douglass
Raymond J. Waller, Diane J. Bresson, & Katie S. Waller
1. The Educator’s Role in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Denise M. Green
2. A Teacher's Guide to Understanding the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders
Jerome D. Ulman
3. Dealing with Problem Behavior in the Classroom: A Behaviorological Perspective
Susan Mortweet VanScoyoc
4. Elimination Disorders
Amy C. Traylor and M. Elizabeth Vonk
5. Mood Disorders: Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder
Joseph Himle, Daniel Fischer, Michelle Van Etten, and Jordana Muroff
6. Childhood Anxiety Disorders
Nina Yssel
7. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Julie Sarno Owens and Lauren Richerson
8. Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Laura Myers
9. Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Obesity
Raymond J. Waller, Katie S. Waller, Diane J. Bresson, & Michelle Schramm
10. Conduct Disorder
W. Sean Newsome and Michael Kelly
11. Bullying Behavior and School Violence
Ramona M. Noland
12. Childhood Sexuality and Sexual Behavior
Julie Palmour, Diane J. Bresson, and Raymond J. Waller
13. Child Abuse and Neglect
Steve Knotek, Sarah Hamel, Rachel Schoolman, and Natalie Siegel
14. Self Injury and Suicide
Dawn Anderson-Butcher
15. The Role of the Educator in Early Identification, Referral and Linkage
Thomas A. Wood and S. T. Kordinak
16. Communication Between Parents and Professionals
Hal A. Lawson, Kevin Quinn, Eric Hardiman, and Robert Miller
17. Mental Health Needs and Problems as Opportunities for Expanding the Boundaries of School Improvement

"Finally, someone has taken a look into today’s classrooms and clearly sees the need to address the issues that our teachers are facing on a daily basis... This book gives teachers a better understanding of the mental health issues that children face, and gives them practical strategies for dealing with not only the students, but with their families."

Sue A. Rieg, Ed.D.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

"An excellent text which provides much needed guidance for teachers on understanding various mental health issues from the perspective of educators and practical, well-researched strategies on steps to take to meet the needs of all children." 

Laura A. Barwegen
Wheaton College

"This book is a wonderful resource for teachers, principals, counselors, parents, and students in developing a better understanding of mental health.  This book will be a handy resource for those educators who work to understand the “whole” child they are educating."

Donna Schumacher-Douglas
University of Northern Iowa

"Most chapters present material in language readily understandable to educators. A helpful glossary helps to demystify unavoidable psychological jargon, which is printed in boldface throughout. Readers will appreciate the practical conventions of this text."

Camille J. Randall
Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books

I was looking for something a little different than this for the course I am going to be teaching.

Ms Kristine Camacho
Psychology, Northwestern Connecticut Community College
March 23, 2013
Key features
  • Divided into chapters, written by experts in child and adolescent mental health issues, that address contemporary, common mental health issues experienced by children and adolescents.
  • Chapters include semi-technical descriptions of diagnoses and symptoms, representative case examples, and suggestions for educators. 
  • The focus is on practical recognition of mental health problems and practical suggestions that educators may follow rather than on treatment or diagnosis, which is beyond the purview of most educators.


Sample Materials & Chapters


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