Mental Health from Diagnosis to Delivery

A guide to show you how to incorporate effective social skills teaching into treatment plans.

Author: Kat McGrady. ED.D., LCPC, NCC.
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A timely and essential resource that addresses a growing national crisis – children’s mental health.

Straightforward and substantive, Mental Health from Diagnosis to Delivery showcases how social skills instruction can be applied and effectively incorporated into the successful care and treatment of children diagnosed with DSM-5 disorders (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition).

More than a dozen categories or types of mental disorders commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents are presented in convenient charts, along with suggested social skills, and arranged by the order and sections used in the DSM-5. Disorder types include communication, neurodevelopmental, psychotic, depressive, bipolar, anxiety, trauma, eating, addictive, personality, and other related conditions.

For each diagnosis, there is a list of suggested social and life skills from the Boys Town Social Skills Curriculum. Treatment providers can broaden their treatment options by targeting and teaching the skills to build on a child’s strengths and improve treatment progress. The skills are ordered according to their level of mastery – basic, intermediate, advanced, and complex.

The manual also includes the latest research on the link between social skill deficits and mental health disorders, sample treatment plans and social skill goals, plus guidance on how to implement social skills training into treatment plans across a variety of settings and levels of care. It is an excellent companion to the highly acclaimed Teaching Social Skills to Youth, Fourth Edition, also available from Boys Town Press.

Mental Health from Diagnosis to Delivery is a comprehensive, illuminating, and accessible resource written specifically for youth care workers, group home caregivers, foster parents, shelter workers, family interventionists, teachers, school counselors, therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, staff working in psychiatric settings, and other health and mental health professionals.

Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 978-1-944882-98-3
195 pages
Softcover, 8.5"x11"