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A Guide to Psychiatric Services in Schools

Understanding Roles, Treatment, and Collaboration, 1st Edition

By Shawna S. Brent


316 pages

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In order to provide comprehensive care to students with a wide variety of social and emotional challenges, close collaboration between psychiatrists and school-based mental health professionals is vital. This book provides practical information about psychiatric diagnoses and medications, as well as effective ways to communicate with physicians, to ensure that the needs of all students and their families are met. Brent reviews the process and content of a psychiatric evaluation, the general principles of psychopharmacology, and the various classes of medications. Subsequent chapters then focus on different psychiatric diagnoses and treatment options. Characteristics, evaluation, and treatment methods are discussed for mood, anxiety, psychotic, pervasive developmental, and externalizing behavior disorders with case examples provided throughout for illustration. A brief overview of mental health crises, including suicidal statements, physical aggression, and self-harm behaviors, and how these can best be handled in the educational setting is also provided. School-based mental health professionals will find this book to be a clear, concise, and practical guide to facilitating strong communication and collaboration amongst themselves, educators, and physicians.


"A Guide to Psychiatric Services in Schools is a thoughtful and well-presented guide covering all of the most salient psychiatric issues for educators. If you work in education and want to understand more about these issues, Dr. Brent’s book is the one to start with." - Patrick Rieker, PsyD, clinical psychologist and Director, Capital Area Partial Program, Mechanicsburg, PA

"Educators constantly struggle with balancing the academic and mental health needs of students. Dr. Brent has provided a comprehensive resource that practitioners in both fields can utilize for the purpose of meeting the increasingly diverse mental health needs of students in the public school setting." - Paul D. Bigham, MEd, Director of Student Services, Mechanicsburg Area School District

Table of Contents

Introduction to Psychiatry in Schools. Psychiatric Evaluation and Formulation. Psychiatric Roles. Psychopharmacology. Disruptive Behavior Disorders. Mood Disorders. Anxiety Disorders. Psychotic Disorders. Eating Disorders. Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Treating Target Symptoms. Medicating Children. Mental Health Crises.

About the Series

School-Based Practice in Action

This series provides school-based practitioners with concise practical guidebooks that are designed to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based programs into school settings, putting the best practices in action. It is closed to new submissions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health