In order to provide comprehensive care to students with a wide variety of social and emotional challenges, close collaboration between psychiatrists and school-based mental health professionals is vital. This book provides practical information about psychiatric diagnoses and medications, as well as effective ways to communicate with physicians, to ensure that the needs of all students and their families are met. Brent reviews the process and content of a psychiatric evaluation, the general principles of psychopharmacology, and the various classes of medications. Subsequent chapters then focus on different psychiatric diagnoses and treatment options. Characteristics, evaluation, and treatment methods are discussed for mood, anxiety, psychotic, pervasive developmental, and externalizing behavior disorders with case examples provided throughout for illustration. A brief overview of mental health crises, including suicidal statements, physical aggression, and self-harm behaviors, and how these can best be handled in the educational setting is also provided. School-based mental health professionals will find this book to be a clear, concise, and practical guide to facilitating strong communication and collaboration amongst themselves, educators, and physicians.

chapter One|17 pages

Introduction to Psychiatry in Schools

chapter Two|18 pages

Psychiatric Evaluation and Formulation

chapter Three|19 pages

Psychiatric Roles

chapter Four|16 pages


chapter Five|21 pages

Disruptive Behavior Disorders

chapter Six|22 pages

Mood Disorders

chapter Seven|22 pages

Anxiety Disorders

chapter Eight|19 pages

Psychotic Disorders

chapter Nine|20 pages

Eating Disorders

chapter Ten|22 pages

Pervasive Developmental Disorders

chapter Eleven|20 pages

Treating Target Symptoms

chapter Twelve|20 pages

Medicating Children

chapter Thirteen|21 pages

Mental Health Crises