Innovative Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Innovative Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Innovative Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Innovative Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Synopsis

Innovative Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health is a unique composite of the literature on various innovative interventions for children and adolescents, and provides a developmental and neurobiological rationale for utilizing innovative interventions with this population. Based on the latest research, this book emphasizes that children and adolescents need more than just talk therapy. These innovative interventions can be applied in a variety of practice settings including schools, juvenile justice, community-based counseling centers, and residential treatment. This book bridges the gap between theory and practice, and provides a historical, theoretical, and research-based rationale, as well as a helpful case study, for each type of intervention being discussed.

Excerpt

Concept for this Volume

The idea for Innovative Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health began with a paper that was presented at the University of Texas School Social Work Conference in February 2009. Dr. Christine Norton (Ed.) and Dr. Betsy Wisner (contributing author), both faculty at the School of Social Work at Texas State University-San Marcos, presented a paper titled “Innovative Interventions for Adolescent Group Work in Schools: A Developmentally Grounded Approach.” In this paper, we discussed using adventure-based group work and meditation to reach adolescents in a school setting through more non-traditional mental health interventions. This presentation was well received, and led to the concept of highlighting various innovative interventions for children and youth in one text. Much like the paper that we presented, this book focuses on providing a strong developmental and neurobiological rationale for why innovative interventions are necessary in child and adolescent mental health. While many practitioners have already been using creative approaches to working with youth, the idea for this book was that it would bring together theory, research, and practice through a variety of innovative intervention strategies. I wanted to include interventions that are becoming increasingly more popular in the field of child and adolescent mental health, yet often without the theoretical or empirical grounding needed for clinicians to engage in what the Council on Social Work Education refers to as “research-informed practice.” That is why each chapter offers a historical, theoretical, and research background on the intervention strategy that is covered.

Not only did I think it was essential to bring together these innovative intervention strategies in one volume, but it was also important to me to balance advocating for these approaches with a critical lens of taking into account the ethical and cultural considerations of each intervention. This book highlights the need to use critical assessment skills to decide for whom each intervention would be appropriate. It was never the intention of this book to provide a one size fits all approach to treatment with young people—quite the opposite. Instead, this book tries to provide multiple treatment options to help mental health students and practitioners think outside of the box, while still utilizing each intervention as an adjunctive approach to treatment.

While I feel that innovative intervention strategies are an important part of child and adolescent mental health, I also feel that it is important to consider the client . . .

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