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3rd Edition

Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Problems
A Clinician's Guide

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ISBN 9781462545957
Published January 20, 2021 by Guilford Press
648 Pages

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Book Description

This highly accessible work, now thoroughly revised, has shown thousands of students and clinicians how to assess and treat children's emotional and behavioral difficulties from a developmental perspective. The authors provide a sound understanding of typical development (ages 2–12) and the risk and protective factors for psychopathology. Chapters on common psychological disorders and family stressors describe the nature of each problem, review evidence-based treatments, and offer step-by-step guidelines for intervention, illustrated with helpful case examples. A comprehensive framework for assessing children and planning treatment is used throughout. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the book's 24 reproducible forms and handouts in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

New to This Edition:
*Chapters on developmental disabilities and trauma.
*Significantly revised to reflect advances in assessment, treatment, and developmental psychopathology research.
*Additional material on pharmacological treatments in each disorder-specific chapter.
*Sibling rivalry chapter expanded to include difficulties with peers.
*Updated for DSM-5.

Table of Contents

I. The Foundation
1. Development of Psychopathology
2. Assessment to Intervention
II. Managing Common Problems
3. Feeding and Eating Problems
4. Toileting: Training, Enuresis, and Encopresis
5. Sleep
6. Habits, Obsessive–Compulsive Behaviors, and Tics
7. Fears and Anxieties
8. Depression
9. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
10. Disruptive Behavior
11. Developmental Disabilities: Intellectual Disability and Autism
III. Managing Stressful Life Events
12. Siblings and Peers
13. Divorce
14. Bereavement
15. Traumatic Events
Appendix A. Description of Assessment Instruments
Appendix B. Assessment Instruments

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Carolyn S. Schroeder, PhD, is Adjunct Professor in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas. She previously held appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout her career, she has trained graduate students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows from multiple health care disciplines in the assessment and treatment of children and their families. She is widely recognized for the establishment of a model for psychologists’ participation in primary care pediatrics. Dr. Schroeder's professional contributions have been recognized with awards from the Society of Clinical Psychology, the Society of Clinical Child Psychology, the Society of Pediatric Psychology, and the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, among other honors. In 2013, the Society of Pediatric Psychology established an annual award for clinical practice in her name.

Julianne M. Smith-Boydston, PhD, is Director of the Child and Family Services Clinic at the University of Kansas, where she has supervised teams of graduate students since 2004. For over 15 years, she worked at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence, Kansas, where she coordinated staff development, oversaw all assessments for child and family services, and supervised multidisciplinary community-based teams, psychology practicum students and interns, and therapists in a therapeutic classroom. Dr. Smith-Boydston also held an appointment in the Department of Psychology at Washburn University, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses. Her publications reflect her interest in evidence-based practices and their dissemination into community-based programs.


"A remarkable and comprehensive update of a classic book. This is an essential text for all child mental health professionals in training, as well as practicing clinicians who want to keep up to date with evidence-based assessment and treatment of all the key psychological and behavioral problems that are likely to emerge in practice with children. Especially useful are the downloadable assessment instruments and clinical forms, the measure descriptions (in an appendix), and the listings of clinician and parent resources at the end of each chapter. The many case examples help to make the material understandable and practical. This book is a gem!"--Annette M. La Greca, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics, University of Miami

"The prior editions have been my go-to references for teaching and clinical practice for the past two decades, and the third edition will have a prominent place on my shelf. This book is rich with useful, step-by-step guidance for clinical practice. It is organized around common presenting problems (updated for DSM-5), and follows a consistent framework of assessment and intervention, making it an excellent tool for teaching developing clinicians. Clinical conceptualizations are grounded in a robust theoretical framework, and therapeutic approaches are informed by current evidence-based practice. I highly recommend this book for any clinician interested in working with children and adolescents, and consider it essential for practice with pediatric populations in an integrated multidisciplinary setting."--Parinda Khatri, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Cherokee Health Systems, Knoxville, Tennessee

"I found the second edition of this book to be very effective as a basic text for a statewide training program for supervisors of child protective workers. The third edition also would be a good fit for MSW practice courses in the child welfare, clinical practice, mental health, health care, and/or school social work specializations, or for advanced practice courses in BSW programs. The text is very well grounded in research-based practice, reads well, and is highly congruent with the everyday needs of the practitioner. I am particularly impressed with the authors' ability to connect research evidence to specific practice guidelines and directives."--Charles D. Cowger, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri School of Social Work and University of Illinois School of Social Work

"This masterful book combines practical diagnostic and therapeutic guidance with validated tools and rating scales. It provides a basis for coordinated, collaborative care among mental health professionals, primary care providers, and families. I like the pragmatic sequence from common developmental problems to more severe psychological conditions, and the coverage of contemporary issues of sexuality, social determinants of health, toxic childhood experiences, and nontraditional family models. I also appreciate the emphasis on prevention, resilience, and early intervention. This book will be indispensable in my clinical practice as a pediatrician."--Jennifer Lail, MD, FAAP, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

"This is a wonderful book for teaching best practices for working with children to master’s-and doctoral-level students. The authors have thoughtfully organized the material across the text and within each chapter, providing a comprehensive resource that is ideal for teaching students how to address mental and behavioral health needs of children using evidence-based approaches. The applied nature of the book allows students to build confidence in foundational and specialty skills for working with children presenting with a range of concerns. The examples, templates, and tools make this a great resource that students can use throughout their careers."--Sonia Rubens, PhD, Department of Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
-One of the best written books on assessment and treatment of childhood problems. I highly value and recommend this book, as this is one of the year's best contributions to our field. (on the second edition)--Doody's Electronic Journal, 1/1/2002