Academic journal article School Social Work Journal

The Teacher's Guide to Student Mental Health

Academic journal article School Social Work Journal

The Teacher's Guide to Student Mental Health

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The Teacher's Guide to Student Mental Health William Dikel Norton Books, NY, 2014 320 pages, hardcover, $32.00, ISBN-978-0-393-70864-4

Reviewed by Lynn R. Zakeri

Written by a child and adolescent psychologist, The Teacher's Guide to Student Mental Health is a welcome addition to a school social worker's bookshelf of resources. William Dikel, the author, suggests that every classroom in America will have a student with a mental health disorder, and teacher education about mental health is needed.

As school social workers, we recognize that teachers play an important role with students who have mental health concerns. They help identify mental health disorders, collect data, communicate, teach, and mentor. Dikel presents information in clearly defined sections that include definitions of disorders, "manifestations in the classroom," and treatment. This format should make it easy for a teacher to navigate foreign terrain.

The author provides solid background knowledge on what mental health issues may look like in the schools, as well as the cultural and environmental factors that may affect the student. He also acknowledges that even the mental health of a teacher working in a stressful profession is important to consider.

The book separates mood disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and psychotic disorders into their own chapters. …

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