Teaching Social Skills to Youth with Mental Health Disorders
184 pages
2009
ISBN: 9781934490105

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Teaching Social Skills to Youth with Mental Health Disorders: Incorporating Social Skills into Treatment Planning for 109 Disorders

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Jennifer Resetar Volz, Tara Snyder, Michael Sterba

Research and experience show that children and adolescents who struggle with emotional, behavioural and social problems do improve when they learn prosocial skills. This is a guide for therapists, counselors, psychologists, educators, and other practitioners to incorporate the teaching of social skills as a component of treatment for children diagnosed with mental health disorders.

Included is an introduction to the DSM-IV-TR and other mental health assessment and evaluation tools and guidance for how to individualize treatment plans while considering children's developmental, cultural, behavioural, emotional social, genetic and biological variables.

Following a discussion of the importance and effectiveness of skill teaching in the treatment of mental health disorders, the authors provide a series of charts that list the social skills that caregivers and treatment providers might target for each of more than a hundred DSM-IV-TR diagnoses common for children and adolescents. Examples of treatment plans show how social skills can be integrated into plans across different settings and levels of care: home and school, foster care, residential group home, and psychiatric facility.

This book can help and encourage any professional striving to improve the lives of troubled youth. Use in conjunction with Teaching Social Skills to Youth 2nd Edition.

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