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Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

A Manual of Clinical Practice and Consultation

Edited by Theodore A. Petti, M.D., M.P.H., and Carlos Salguero, M.D., M.P.H.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-180-4
  • Item #62180

Description

Child psychiatrists and psychologists, clinical nurses, social workers, and other mental health practitioners working in the public sector—where limited funds, poverty, social environments, and bureaucracy add to the daily challenges—can now turn to Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for approaches and insights to make their work easier and more productive.
Twenty chapters are divided into four main sections, where 31 seasoned clinicians and administrators detail the most useful tasks, strategies, and tactics for child and family-focused community mental health professionals:

  • Multiple facets of public sector agency work with or consultation to community agencies from the major mental health disciplines employed in community settings, differentiating roles and responsibilities and detailing consultation phases, including pitfalls
  • Basic community practice principles and issues commonly faced by public sector professionals, including particular types of agencies and differences between rural and urban practice
  • Contemporary concerns about the impact of a managed care or cost-cutting environment on service delivery, including reimbursement, differentiating consultation from direct service, and the location of a system of care
  • Descriptions of the setting or activity of each community agency, including the qualifications that allow the professional or trainee to enter and work in that system
  • Practicalities of clinical practice or consultation or both in community settings in the current service environment
  • Questions—from differing perspectives—that mental health care practitioners must consider before consulting to or assuming a staff or administrative position in a community agency, different types of demands—and discussion of/for each role

Managed care has forever altered the service system landscape of mental health care in both the private and public sectors. Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides insight into the public system of care and the requisite tools to manage the rapidly changing clinical, political, and administrative landscape.

As a resource guide to the profession, Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry emphasizes the practical necessities of child psychiatrists and other professionals working with mentally ill youngsters and their families in the practice of community psychiatry and public mental health. Trainees, practitioners, and administrators alike will welcome this indispensable road-map to a higher level of practice in community settings.

Contents

Contributors
Introduction
Part I: Principles of Community Practice
Chapter 1. Working Within Communities
Chapter 2. Public-Sector Dynamics for Child Mental Health
Chapter 3. Legal Issues
Chapter 4. Practical Aspects of Rural Mental Health Care
Part II: The Core Mental Health Professionals
Chapter 5. Role of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Chapter 6. Role of the Clinical Child Psychologist
Chapter 7. Role of the Child Mental Health Social Worker
Chapter 8. Role of the Clinical Nurse
Part III: Interdisciplinary Functioning in the Community Setting
Chapter 9. Community Mental Health Centers
Chapter 10. Schools
Chapter 11. School-Based Health Centers
Chapter 12. Foster Care Programs
Chapter 13. Consultation to Child Care Settings
Chapter 14. Day Treatment Centers/ Partial Hospitalization Settings
Chapter 15. Chemical Dependence Programs
Chapter 16. Community Residential Care Programs
Chapter 17. Working With Advocacy Groups
Part IV: Outcomes and Future Directions
Chapter 18. Transitions From Institutional to Community Systems of Care
Chapter 19. Innovative Community Intervention Programs
Chapter 20. Future Directions
Index

About the Authors

Theodore A. Petti, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and University Behavioral Health Care/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Carlos Salguero, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.P.A., is Medical Director of the Village for Families and Children in Hartford, Connecticut and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut.

Drs. Petti and Salguero have provided a practical guide for providing services. They cover clinical, ethical, administrative, and other problems likely to emerge and how they can be prevented or surmounted. This is a superb contribution that takes community work to new heights and will palpably improve the lives of children, adolescents, and families.—Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D., Director, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry, New Haven, Connecticut


This comprehensive text is designed to help those professionals who serve children and adolescents in community-based settings. Serving children with mental illnesses and emotional challenges is always vexing given the number of distinct service systems that interact with these individuals and their families. Additionally, to be successful requires cooperation among these systems and the wide range of professionals involved in the life of the child. The power of this book lies in its practicality. Covered are the important tasks and functions of the core professional disciplines, the role of the key service providers and settings that shape the lives of children, all with an emphasis on the tasks necessary to create child and family centered services that work.—W. Patrick Sullivan, Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work


Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Manual of Clinical Practice and Consultation needs to be read and digested by every professional engaged in clinical services in community ages and schools and should be required reading in every child and adolescent psychiatry residency training program. This book is a gem, loaded with critical information, laced with excellent clinical and administrative vignettes, enhanced by pertinent yet concise bibliographies, and written in a practical readable, non-cookbook fashion.—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2/1/2007

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