An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Maddie Burton - University of Worcester, UK
- Erica Pavord - University of Worcester, UK
- Briony Williams - University of Worcester, UK
Written by a multi-disciplinary team of passionate and experienced experts, the book strikes an effective balance between introducing the relevant theory and showing how this can be applied in the real world. It is an essential starting point to the subject of child and adolescent mental health and suitable for any students planning to support this group.
‘This book will be a valuable resource for anyone new to working with children and adolescents with mental health difficulties. It considers a range of issues that children and young people are presented with, giving consideration to both aetiology and treatment. I will be recommending it to students on my course.’
A particular strength of the book is that it explains concepts to non-specialists very effectively; it is easy to read and well set out.
I have found this book invaluable in developing and reinforcing basic knowledge about the different mental health needs presented to me daily. I would highly recommend this book.
This is a concise text for readers interested in a snapshot of child mental health issues and services in the UK context. Child mental health problems are summarised, as well as the key child development theories and their applications. As all other sections, the text is nicely complemented by related activities. The main therapeutic interventions are summarised in a balanced way. Therapeutic techniques on communication are supplemented by their underpinning theoretical models.
This is a concise text for readers interested in a snapshot of child mental health issues and services in the UK context. This will probably be more relevant to non-specialist practitioners or postgraduate students seeking a succinct introduction to the field. It could also be of relevance to specialist staff and policy makers, as a good example of linking the key issues with current knowledge and thinking in this field. In that respect, the book links practice, policy/legislation and intervention topics.
...While writing a book on a complicated topic, the authors’ experience and passion for the subject comes through in every aspect of the book. A specific strength of the book would be the layout and flow, which keeps the reader engrossed and the learner actively engaged. The way the book is presented, going through the various conditions and diseases, theories, case studies, and ending with therapeutic interventions and well as the group worked offered demonstrates the thoroughness of the authors thought process in putting this book together. The fact that the book is such a concise and easy read is also an identifiable strength. I didn’t really find any weaknesses in this book...
This is a good resource for those wanting to develop knowledge of child mental health issues and services in the UK. The author is clearly passionate about the issues and this comes across. Child mental health problems are summarised, together with the main child development theories and applications with useful related activities. Therapeutic intervention is explained in an accessible and balanced way and communication techniques are outlined with relevant underpinning theory.
Perfectly fitting to our course and an easy read for students new to child and adolescent mental health
This book gives will give an excellent foundation for students who will be commencing child health related degrees, the book is set out clearly and explores concepts in excellent detail. My only concern is that the content will quickly date due to significant ongoing changes to the CAMHS sector, but that just offers more scope for a second, third and fourth edition, all of which I would be interested in reading! Well formatted and well presented, students would benefit from having this as a pre course reader and a as a text book for the duration of the course.
Excellent introduction to an area which needs a wider spotlight. Easily accessible text with excellent practice examples.
Excellent and accessible text covering an important topic. Just one small criticism is that the authors failed to debate/critique rising numbers of mental health conditions and the effectiveness of contemporary interventions and emotional/resilience intervention programmes
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter One: Children and Young People's Mental Health