Author: Laura Nabors

Information for Mental Health Providers Working with Children who have Chronic Illnesses

eBook: US $39 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $109
Printed Copy: US $90
Library License: US $156
ISBN: 978-1-60805-891-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-890-7 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2014
DOI: 10.2174/97816080589071140101

Introduction

This eBook provides critical information for mental health providers, including counselors, psychologists, and social workers, who are interested in providing services for children with chronic illnesses. The contents of the eBook focus on enhancing resilience in children with chronic illnesses or medical conditions and their families as they strive to adjust as the child copes with the waxing and waning symptoms of his or her illness. Practical suggestions for working with children and families are also provided along with a thorough review of relevant literature. Readers of this eBook will gain a better understanding of social work and health care issues related to promoting health and wellness among children suffering from long term illnesses. This eBook is also useful for graduate students training to become counselors or therapists.

Foreword

Forward By Keith King, Ph.D.

Within this book, “Information for Mental Health Providers working with Children who have Chronic Medical Conditions,” Dr. Laura Nabors reviews the critical role of mental health providers working with children who have chronic medical conditions in community settings, such as schools. A major focus is on presenting relevant, practice-oriented clinical research with case examples to illustrate key points in chapters. Dr. Nabors provides readers with an up-to-date review of issues and concerns commonly faced by children and families coping with a child’s chronic medical condition. The ten chapters in this book effectively tackle a wide array of issues experienced by children, parents, and siblings. In carefully reviewing this book, I found it to be highly effective in displaying evidence-based content while also providing readers with practical strategies for effectively working with children with chronic medical conditions. In so doing, Dr. Nabors has greatly added to the professional literature by translating clinical research into professional practice. It is a hope that you will find this book to be as beneficial to your work as I have found it to be toward mine. There is no doubt that this book will benefit numerous health professionals, health educators, and mental health service providers.

Keith A. King, Ph.D., MCHES
Professor and Program Director
Health Promotion and Education Program
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati
Ohio USA

Forward By Jessica Kichler, Ph.D.

In order to provide high quality mental health care for children with chronic medical conditions and their families, it is essential for mental health providers to stay up-to-date in their knowledge of clinical treatment practices and empirical outcomes. This book, entitled, “Information for Mental Health Providers Working with Children who have Chronic Medical Conditions,” summarizes the current literature related to helping children and their families cope with a chronic illness in multiple settings. Specifically, the eBook has a focus on the research outcomes associated with improving a child’s adherence to medical regimens and his or her adjustment in the school setting. The eBook also addresses issues for the family members of a child with a chronic medical condition, including grief and parental and sibling adjustment. The purpose of the eBook is to provide information for mental health clinicians from a number of disciplines, including counseling and psychology. However, this knowledge is also useful for other providers on medical teams, who are assisting children in adjusting to and coping with having a chronic medical condition.

Ideas for improving child functioning are presented through case studies as the close of each chapter, which illuminates the most recent clinical perspectives in helping children cope with their chronic medical condition in real-world situations. A generalist perspective is used to illustrate multiple ways to help children with a wide variety of chronic medical conditions. However, there are also specific recommendations for helping children with different types of medical illnesses. Reintegration into their daily lives in ways to facilitate positive functioning and child resilience is an emphasis throughout several chapters. The eBook also provides vital resources on developing skills for a successful transition to adult care among children with chronic medical illnesses. Those who would like to learn even more about the different topics presented in the eBook can then consult the pertinent references presented within each chapter.

In summary, this eBook provides guidance to mental health clinicians working with children with chronic medical conditions in schools and private practice settings as well as those who work with children in hospital settings. The author’s approach to this subject is both conceptual and practical and is aptly illustrated with case examples that are invaluable for clinical training. This eBook offers ideas for consideration for mental health clinicians of all experience levels and is a fundamental tool for those beginning in the field of providing specialty care to promote the mental health and functioning of children with chronic medical conditions.

Jessica C. Kichler, Ph.D., C.D.E.
Pediatric Psychologist & Certified Diabetes Educator
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


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