This book provides a thorough, practical primer on carrying out an initial mental health evaluation with a child or adolescent client. The emphasis is on efficiently eliciting the information needed for formulating the young person's difficulties, clarifying the diagnostic situation, and planning for treatment or referral, within the context of a caring, respectful professional relationship. Beginning with the first contact with a new child, the reader is taken step-by-step through the collection and integration of observational, interview, background, and collateral information. Important issues covered include structuring the evaluation session, effective record keeping, confidentiality concerns, and providing feedback to parents. Reflecting the author's 25+ years of professional experience, the book is filled with interview segments that bring the practical business of child assessment to life.
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Alvin E. House, PhD, is a clinical psychologist whose professional practice has focused on psychological evaluation. For the past quarter of a century he has conducted assessments for medical, vocational, school, and forensic consultations. As Associate Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University, he routinely teaches graduate-level courses in mental health diagnosis, psychological assessment, and psychopathology. The author of [i]DSM-IV Diagnosis in the Schools[i/], Dr. House has published articles and book chapters on intellectual, personality, and neuropsychological testing.
The Mental Status Examination in Psychological Assessment. Evaluations of Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Sources of Data. Evaluating Cognitive Problems in Children. Evaluating Emotional Problems in Children. Evaluating Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents. Evaluating Relationship Problems in Youths. Evaluating Pervasive Problems in Children. Evaluating Substance Use and Other Impulse Problems in Children and Adolescents. Evaluating Highly Focused Problems in Children and Adolescents. Data and Integration: Diagnosis, Recommendations, and Records. Concluding Thoughts: The Professional Practice of Mental Health Evaluation.
'Dr. House has produced a comprehensive guide to evaluating children that should be valuable to both novice and seasoned mental health professionals. He shares his years of clinical wisdom through instructional segments, case examples, and a thorough inclusion of the relevant literature. This book fills a great need for a concise, applied text that is both erudite and straightforward. As a person who trains doctoral and master's level students for work in schools and agencies, I know this book will be an invaluable resource for my students.' - Elliott Ingersoll, Counselor Education Program, Cleveland State University
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