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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Consultation in Hospitals, Schools, and Courts

Gregory Fritz, M.D., Richard E. Mattison, M.D., Barry Nurcombe, M.D., and Anthony Spirito, Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-418-3
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In this new book, leading experts in the field of child and adolescent consultation-liaison psychiatry present a practical guide for mental health professionals consulting in hospitals, schools, and the juvenile justice system. It is designed to aid the psychiatrist or psychologist in becoming an effective case consultant, as well as a practical-minded educator sought by mental health professionals in other disciplines.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Consultation in Hospitals, Schools, and Courts is comprised of three sections, each covering the following subject areas:

  • Characteristics of each system and the professionals who work in that setting
  • The logistics of consultation
  • Typical problems encountered
  • Suggested interventions


  • Introduction: what is consultation?

    Pediatric Consultation.

    The hospital: an approach to consultation. The process of consultation on a pediatric unit. Common clinical problems in pediatric consultation. Psychological interventions for pediatric patients.

    School Consultation.

    Consultation in the school environment. A model for SED case evaluation. Principles in common school case consultations. Current consultation needs of school systems.

    Forensic Consultation.

    The law and the legal system. Legal issues commonly requiring mental health consultation. The forensic evaluation. Giving testimony as an expert witness.

I believe this book provides an ideal mix of didactic and clinical material in the three areas of consultation that are key for clinicians who plan to adapt successfully to the referral and reimbursement realities of the 1990s.—John E. Schowalter, M.D., Albert J. Solnit Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Yale University, Sterling Hall of Medicine

Mental health consultants to pediatric personnel, educators (especially in special education) and the legal system have thus far not had available the detailed description and guidance this volume provides. Above all, the children should benefit! Vivid case examples and salient bibliographic references add an extra dimension. Whether read for general interest, clinical insight or as a course textbook, this volume can enrich the psychiatrist, psychologist, pediatrician, nurse, educator, lawyer or judge.—Irving H. Berkovitz, M.D., Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry, UCLA

The dozen chapters are clear and practical; the volume should be a welcome resource and guide for those plunging into consultation in these settings.—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

This highly condensed, well-organized book summarizes succinctly each area up to 1991, providing a theoretical understanding and a practical guide.—Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

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