Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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278 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
November 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380674


Child and Youth Mental Health in Canada is a practical guide for front-line practitioners that looks beyond diagnostic labels. It offers a progressive response to mental health concerns that is humane and effective. Instead of pathologizing human behaviour, the text focuses on understanding behaviour and intervening from a relational perspective.

Written by scholars and professionals in the field, each chapter presents a unique perspective as it probes into the specific concerns and complications observed in different settings of front-line practice. This discussion illuminates setting-appropriate interventions and activities to meet the needs of practitioners and clients, including the unique needs of immigrant, refugee, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ children and youth.

Features include case studies, illustrations by Kyle Charles and Shoshana Laidlaw, reflective questions, suggested activities, and an appendix linking relevant DSM-5 diagnoses for each chapter, making this edited collection an essential learning resource for students in child and adolescent mental health courses in child and youth care, psychology, social work, and nursing.


Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Practitioner Wellness
Patricia Kostouros

Chapter 2 Trauma and Attachment
Brenda Thompson

Chapter 3 Family Home
Theresa Tucker-Wright

Chapter 4 Elementary School
Brenda Thompson, Caroline Westwood, and Darci Fulton

Chapter 5 Junior High and High School
Nicole Caines

Chapter 6 Recreation
Howard Bloom

Chapter 7 Residential Care
Katharin Pritchard

Chapter 8 Secure Treatment
Jason Slemko, Bryan Hume, Roy Bailey, Lorinda Molner, and Patricia Kostouros

Chapter 9 Youth Shelter
Donna Barker and Brad Pickford

Chapter 10 Youth Criminal Justice
Kristen Dubrule and Michelle Briegel

Chapter 11 Youth in Transition
Chelan McCallion


Appendix A Class Activities
Appendix B Links to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -Fifth Edition


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