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Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Theory and Practice, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Christine Hooper, Margaret Thompson, Catherine Laver-Bradbury, Chris Gale

Edited by Christine Hooper

CRC Press

528 pages

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The book covers all the core aspects of child and adolescent mental health, starting with the background to emotional and behavioural problems and looking at models and tools for assessment and treatment before examining specific problems encountered in children, young people, and their families from different cultural backgrounds.

Key features

  • clear theoretical framework for each topic
  • integrated disciplinary approach
  • case studies
  • information about other resources available to professionals and families, including new government initiatives

New for the second edition

  • updated and revised with the latest references and theories
  • sections on the influence of genetics on behaviour, working with children with learning difficulties, evidence-based paediatric and psychological developments
  • multiple choice questions for revision and testing
  • new quick-reference format

This is an essential text for all professionals working with children, young people, and their families, including student and practitioner psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, mental health nurses, and social care specialists.

Table of Contents

Towards comprehensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Early intervention services

The role of the educational psychologist

Who does what in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services?

Nurse prescriber

Primary mental health in the community

Primary mental health work within a specialist CAMHS team

Etiology and classification

Epidemiology of behavior problems


Assessing pediatric and psychological development

Emotional development and attachment

Emotional well-being and literacy

Current legal framework and relevant legislation

Making treatment decisions with young people

Fostering and adoption

The effect of early institutional deprivation on the brain

Engagement and motivation

Structured assessment of pre-school children

Parenting style

Assessment of younger children and their families

Assessment of older children, young people and their families

Family assessment


Narrative therapy

The use of questionnaires

Cognitive assessment

Speech and language assessment

OT assessment including neuro-sensory approaches



Emotionality in children and young people and links to psychopathology

Juvenile disruptive behavior disorders: ODD and CD

Forensic child and adolescent psychiatry

Substance misuse in children and young people

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder


Tourette’s syndrome

Autistic spectrum disorder

Education for children on the autistic spectrum

Social stories for parents of autistic children

Behavioral problems in children with learning difficulties

Anxiety and phobias

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder

Mood disorders

Bipolar disorder

Deliberate self-harm and suicide

School refusal behavior


Eating disorders

Behavioral sleep problems in children and adolescents

Feeding/eating problems in young children

Enuresis, constipation and soiling

Psychosomatic disorders: dissociative disorder and psychological disorders

Example of a therapeutic group intervention: The IMPACT Group

Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis

Chronic illness in children and young people

Gender identity disorder

Management of grief: loss and bereavement

Working with diversity - cultural competence in CAMHS

Young carers

Asylum seeking, refugee and homeless young people and families

Young Carers from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds

Emerging sexuality

Art therapy

Play therapy

Child psychotherapy

Counseling children and young people

Counseling psychology

Applied behavioral analysis (including children with learning difficulties)

Cognitive behavior therapy

Social Stories

Family therapy models and practice

Solution focused brief therapy

Parenting programs

Principles of group work

Group work of with parents of children with ADHD

Group work with adolescents

Inpatient services

Example of a children's residential unit

Forensic CAMHS: Bluebird House

About the Authors/Editor

Margaret Thompson MBChB, MD, FRCP (Glas), FRCPsy School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK

Christine M Hooper BA (econ), CQSW, MSc Retired family and marital therapist, New Forest, Hampshire, UK

Cathy Laver-Bradbury SRN, RSCN, HV, MSc Consultant Nurse, Solent Healthcare NHS and University of Southampton, UK

Christopher Gale RNMH, MSc Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, University of Southampton, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Pediatrics
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health