This practical book helps readers provide effective mental, emotional, and behavioral health services to clients across the continuum of care, from health promotion through long-term treatment and remediation. Anchoring each chapter within a life stage—from childhood through older adulthood—the text identifies the nature and origin of various psychological issues and emphasizes the importance of anticipating and responding early to concerns that arise for large portions of the population. The Second Edition features new chapters and expanded coverage of important topics, such as sociocultural contextual factors and interprofessional health perspectives.
Chapter 6: Treating Common Childhood Mental and Behavioral Health Concerns
Except for cases in which there is legal involvement, parents are responsible for deciding that their child needs therapy. Parents tend to bring their child to therapy either because their child's problem becomes a burden on the parent, because of the problem itself, or because the problem disrupts routine family functioning and/or activities. For example, a child may be a picky eater, but the family manages to make foods the child likes at home and so the child is not taken for treatment. However, a parent is likely to bring a child for treatment ...