Helping Families of Youth with School Attendance Problems: A Practical Guide for Mental Health and School-Based Professionals

Helping Families of Youth with School Attendance Problems: A Practical Guide for Mental Health and School-Based Professionals

by Christopher A. Kearney

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Overview

School attendance problems, even in mild forms, are a significant risk factor for social, behavioral, and academic problems in childhood and adolescence. These cases tend to be urgent and complex in nature, with problems that manifest both at home and at school. As such, mental health and school-based professionals need practical and efficient strategies to resolve school attendance problems. Helping Families of Youth with School Attendance Problems is a real-world guide to addressing school attendance problems at different levels of severity and complexity. The book offers specific procedures for many types of cases to address these problems in a relatively short period of time, and within the constraints of most private practice and school settings. The text also considers developmental level, with distinct coverage of elementary school children as well as adolescents in middle school and in high school. The book consists of seven empirically-supported chapters that guide readers through assessment, consultation, and intervention processes. Given the limited timeframe frequently faced by mental health and school-based professionals, these processes are often blended. Beginning with an overview of school attendance problems, the heart of the book offers core intervention components as well as other procedures to enhance the effectiveness of these components. These components cover key aspects of anxiety and contingency management, school reintegration, and school engagement as well as suggestions for many specific scenarios. The final chapter focuses on chronic and severe school attendance problems and other highly challenging scenarios common to these young people. Helping Families of Youth with School Attendance Problems is a must-have resource for mental health and school-based professionals alike, as well as for others who regularly engage with this population.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190912598
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2019
Series: ABCT Clinical Practice Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 925 KB

About the Author

Christopher A. Kearney, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Kearney's research interests include school refusal behavior, selective mutism, posttraumatic stress disorder, perfectionism, and other anxiety-related conditions in children and adolescents.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword About the Author Chapter 1 Introduction to School Attendance Problems in Youth Chapter 2 Rapid Assessment, Consultation, and Immediate First Steps Chapter 3 The Anxious Elementary School Child Chapter 4 The Attention-Seeking Elementary School Child Chapter 5 The Anxious Middle/High School Adolescent Chapter 6 The Disengaged Middle/High School Adolescent Chapter 7 Chronic and Severe School Attendance Problems References Index

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