Academic journal article Best Practices in Mental Health

Recognizing Clients' Mental Health Needs: A Necessary Condition of Best Practices

Academic journal article Best Practices in Mental Health

Recognizing Clients' Mental Health Needs: A Necessary Condition of Best Practices

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This issue includes six articles on best practices with a variety of client concerns. The common theme tends toward recognizing the needs of clients. The lead article by Jaggers and MacNeil examines depression in Hispanic adults who immigrated while youngsters. Needless to say, with the executive order granting legal status for about 4,000,000 persons (known as deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and its subsequent legal challenge, this article is very timely. Infant mental health needs is the focus of the second article. Childhood mental health is particularly challenging due to limited communication skills, making mental health promotion all the more imperative. Gerstein, Crespi, and Johnson address mental health promotion in a fine piece on parenting practice.

The third article, by Miller, Li, and Kabell, addresses using the adolescent version of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory to recognize the emotional restrictions of secondary students. The fourth article, by Sensiba and Franklin, is a practical review of family interventions for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This article is timely as our current armed conflicts wind down and as we further our understanding that PTSD is as much a family problem as that of the individual warrior. The piece should be particularly useful to any clinician working with the military and military families.

The fifth article examines the needs of people with developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system, whereas the sixth article considers homeless people at risk of substance abuse. …

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