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Helping Students Overcome Depression and Anxiety: A Practical Guide 2ed

by Kenneth W Merrell Guilford Publications
Pub Date:
01/2008
ISBN:
9781593856489
Format:
Pbk 265 pages
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Now in a revised and expanded second edition, this popular guide provides expert information and clear-cut strategies for assessing and treating internalizing problems in school settings. More than 40 specific psychoeducational and psychosocial intervention techniques are detailed, with a focus on approaches that are evidence based, broadly applicable, and easy to implement. Including 26 ready-to-use worksheets, in a large-size format with permission to photocopy, the second edition has been updated throughout to ensure its currency and clinical utility. Coverage of psychiatric medications has been extensively revised with the latest developments and findings. A new chapter addresses prevention-oriented social and emotional learning curricula for the classroom.

PHOTOCOPY RIGHTS
The Publisher grants individual book purchasers nonassignable permission to reproduce selected materials in this book for professional use. For details and limitations, see copyright page.

KEY FEATURES
> Strong niche seller with over 11,000 in print; now revised and updated with 25% new material.
> Includes current coverage of medications plus popular response-to-intervention and mindfulness approaches.
> Convenient, reader-friendly format, with over 25 reproducibles.
> An acclaimed, needed resource for use with grades
K–12.

AUDIENCE
School psychologists, counselors, and social workers; clinical child psychologists; special educators.

COURSE USE
Serves as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.

''This exceptionally useful book synthesizes essential knowledge regarding internalizing problems: what they are, how they can best be recognized and assessed, and which specific interventions can produce successful outcomes. Balancing the importance of treatment fidelity with client specificity and real-world practicality, Merrell masterfully integrates contemporary research with his clinical experience in school-based settings. He offers clear, intelligent guidelines for facilitating real change in children and for promoting their optimal social and emotional well-being. Both university trainers and practitioners will find this a superb resource for how to [i]really[/i] link assessment to intervention for internalizing problems at individual, family, and school-wide levels. Among the many strengths of this excellent book are the inclusion of social and emotional learning programs for promoting mental health, presented in just the right amount of detail, and the concise informational summary of medications, other treatments, and referral guidelines. I plan to use this text in my classes in child/adolescent interventions and in my own clinical practice. I highly recommend it!''/m-/Harriet Cobb, EdD, Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology, James Madison University

''Depression and anxiety among children and adolescents are widely experienced yet frequently overlooked and undertreated, especially in schools. In this updated and highly useful guide, Merrell provides a practical, evidence-based approach to the assessment and treatment of these two disorders. A particularly useful addition to the second edition is the information presented on social and emotional learning and its utility for mental health promotion. This text fills a major need among mental health professionals working in schools, including school psychologists, counselors, and social workers. In addition, it is an excellent text for college and university courses in developmental psychopathology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, child/adolescent counseling and psychotherapy, and school-based interventions.''/m-/David N. Miller, PhD, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York

''The second edition of this highly regarded book retains the excellent qualities of the original volume. It is well written, easily understandable by the beginning graduate student, and yet clearly of value to the experienced practitioner. The book is highly practical and accessible, contains much hands-on information, and evaluates interventions in terms of their theoretical and empirical support. The important new chapter on social and emotional learning as part of a three-tiered intervention approach expands the discussion currently underway about response-to-intervention models. Faculty will find this book well suited to graduate-level courses in school psychology and counseling; graduate students will welcome its balance between foundational material and practical application.''/m-/Caroline H. Wandle, PhD, Director, School Psychology Program, Department of Education, Tufts University

“There are many things to like about this book....While techniques
presented are eclectic, most are influenced by cognitive-behavioral and psychoeducational approaches. Of particular appeal is that these strategies are practical and can be used in the school setting. Guidelines are
provided as to how to adapt techniques to students of different age and ability levels....Potential difficulties that might arise during assessment and intervention and how to handle and resolve these are provided. Of particular value are the many reproducible worksheets corresponding to various assessment and treatment approaches.”
NASP Communique (Ellen Hymowitz, January/February 2009)

1. Understanding Internalizing Problems: Depression and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

2. How Internalizing Problems Develop and Are Maintained

3. Guidelines for Assessment and Intervention Planning

4. Social and Emotional Learning: An Important Tool for Promoting Mental Health

5. Comprehensive Intervention Programs for Depression

6. Changing Thoughts and Beliefs: Cognitive Therapy Interventions for Depression

7. Changing Thoughts and Beliefs: Rational-Emotive Therapy, Attribution Retraining, Learned Optimism, and Journal-Writing Strategies

8. Other Strategies for Depression

9. Behavioral Treatments for Anxiety: Systematic Desensitization and Other Techniques

10. Skills Training and Other Treatments for Anxiety

11. Finding More Help: Referral Guidelines for Mental Health Counseling, Medications, and Alternative Treatments

*Index of Intervention Programs and General Intervention Strategies, with Descriptions of Purpose and Developmental Level

*List of Specific Treatment Techniques for Depression and Anxiety, Grouped by Program Component

*Appendix: Reproducible Worksheets

"Merrell offers in this work a comprehensive survey of the budding literature on the subject, available programs for addressing the growing crisis in children's mental health, and, especially impressive, a smorgasbord of technical responses for prevention and intervention....Merrell's guidebook is an excellent refresher course for professionals working in the field of child and adolescent counseling. The strongest benefit of this guidebook resides in the wealth of intervention techniques that are outlined in great detail and complemented with tracking charts and self-scoring registers to map client successes and challenges....Merrell's guidebook offers the professional mental health counselor a wealth of options for treatments of depression and anxiety in young people. But parents and teachers as well would greatly benefit from keeping this guidebook on hand and applying its various innovative strategies in helping their young wards to deal successfully with an increasingly alienating and isolating, industrialized, consumerist world."
Kenneth W. Merrell, PhD, until his death in 2011, was Professor of School Psychology and Director of the Oregon Resiliency Project at the University of Oregon. For 25 years, Dr. Merrell's influential teaching and research focused on social-emotional assessment and intervention for at-risk children and adolescents and social-emotional learning in schools. He published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles; several books and nationally normed assessment instruments; and the Strong Kids programs, a comprehensive social and emotional learning curriculum. Dr. Merrell was a Fellow of the Division of School Psychology (Division 16) and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53) of the American Psychological Association. He received the Senior Scientist Award from Division 16, the Division's highest honor for excellence in science.