Informed Parents, Healthy Kids: Information You Need to Know to Find the Right Mental Health Practitioner


Series: Mental Illnesses and Treatments
BISAC: PSY036000

Parents and mental health practitioners must work together to appropriately assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent mental disorders, emotional disabilities, or problematic behaviors in children and adolescents. If one expects to establish or to enhance parent-mental health practitioner collaborations in the provision of mental health services targeting children and adolescents with mental disorders, it is important to empower parents with the same evidence-based scientific knowledge mental health practitioners are expected to have. Informed Parents, Healthy Kids helps parents to determine if the mental health practitioner who provides mental health services to their child is guided by evidence-based approaches during the delivery of such services, rather than on the imagination, speculation, or personal beliefs of the mental health practitioner. Encompassed in sixteen chapters, the overall aim is to either establish or enhance parents’ mental health literacy (i.e., knowledge about all aspects of mental disorders), and for parents to be able to question the clinical practice of mental health practitioners when they determine that such practice is not based on evidence-based approaches recommended in the mental health literature. As noted by Dr. Janine Jones on the back cover of this book, “The old days of the mental health provider as “expert” and setting treatment goals outside the knowledge of the family are over.“ Parents are provided with numerous clinical examples to help them express their concerns to mental health practitioners with an emphasis on evidence-based clinical practices among children and adolescents experiencing one or more of the mental disorders, emotional disabilities, or problematic behaviors discussed in “Informed Parents, Healthy Kids: Information You Need to Know to Find the Right Mental Health Provider.”

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author

Chapter 1. General Issues in the Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatments of Children and Adolescents with Mental Disorders, Emotional Disabilities or Problematic Behaviors (pp. 1-24)

Chapter 2. How to Choose a Mental Health Practitioner for Your Child? (pp. 25-34)

Chapter 3. New Organization of Mental Disorders in the DSM-5 (pp. 35-52)

Chapter 4. Intellectual Disability/Mental Retardation (pp. 53-106)

Chapter 5. Specific Learning, Motor, and Communication Disorders (pp. 107-120)

Chapter 6. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (pp. 121-164)

Chapter 7. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder (CD), and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) (pp. 165-204)

Chapter 8. Selective Mutism (SM), Progressive Mutism (PM), Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) (pp. 205-228)

Chapter 9. Elimination Disorders (pp. 229-244)

Chapter 10. Feeding and Eating Disorders (pp. 245-260)

Chapter 11. Adjustment Disorders (pp. 261-270)

Chapter 12. Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia), Bipolar Disorders, and Cyclothymia Disorder (pp. 271-304)

Chapter 13. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and Specific Phobias (SP) (pp. 305-318)

Chapter 14. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (pp. 319-336)

Chapter 15. Alcohol-Related, Cannabis-Related, and Tobacco-related Disorders (pp. 337-364)

Chapter 16. Cultural Variables in the Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Mental Disorders, Emotional Disabilities, or Problematic Behavior in Children and Adolescents (pp. 365-382)

References (pp. 383-428)

Index (pp. 429)

<B>Total Pages: 440</B>


“Few books exist on the topic of guiding parents concerning the choice of health care providers in finding professional services for their emotionally distressed or psychologically disordered children and teens. And even fewer still have the substantial evidence based from science, the exceptional depth and breadth of the author’s clinical experience, and the wisdom contained in this book. I can think of no better resource for a parent to turn to first concerning the science-based care and treatments their child may require than this one. It will certainly be the first I recommend to families when asked for advice on this matter. My compliments to the author for investing the extraordinary amount of time such a book requires and the care taken in its preparation and my compliments to the reader for having the good sense to use it to guide them in their choice of health care professionals for their child..” – <strong>Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA, USA</strong>

“This book is a wonderful resource for families and clinicians alike. Dr. Paniagua’s content in Informed Parents, Healthy Kids can be used to empower families in finding mental health providers that will provide services that are aligned with their cultural values. In order to make decisions, families need to have a good understanding of the purpose of intervention services and they need to recognize how critical it is to have a provider that is a true partner in supporting their needs. The old days of the mental health provider as “expert” and setting treatment goals outside the knowledge of the family are over. We are now in a pluralistic society that implores mental health providers to partner with families and set culturally appropriate treatment goals. The material shared in this book is a perfect tool for enabling that process to occur.” – <strong>Janine Jones, Ph.D, NCSP, Associate Professor, School Psychology, Director, School Psychology Program, University of Washington, USA</strong>

To read the review, <a href=” Review – Informed Parents, Healthy Kids-Information You Need to Know to Find the Right Mental Health Practitioner (Parham).pdf” target=”_blank”><FONT COLOR=BLUE><U>click here</U></FONT></a> – <strong>Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President of California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA</strong>

Additional Information

Primary Audience: Parents seeking the right mental health provider or practitioner for their child or adolescents diagnosed with an emotional disability or mental disorder.

Secondary Audiences:
1) Students in graduate and undergraduate behavioral science programs (psychology,
social work, family therapy, etc.)
2) Resident in child and adolescent psychiatry programs.
3) Faculty teaching courses with emphasis on emotionally disabled children and
4) Mental health organizations such as:
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (
Mental Health America (
National Alliance on Mental Illness (
National Association of Social Workers (

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