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Supporting the Mental Health of Children in Care

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781784501723

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Combining contemporary research with practice findings, this book shows how we can improve the mental health of children in care.

Expert contributors highlight the challenges that children face and propose innovative models of practice which have been proven to improve outcomes. The book describes the difficulties children in care commonly encounter, such as vulnerability to self-harm, substance misuse or inappropriate sexual behaviour. It goes on to explore therapeutic interventions, such as art therapy or integrative therapy, which can be used to address the root of these behaviours. With a range of clinical and practical perspectives, it also makes recommendations for further training for foster carers, for reinforcing professional support networks and for all agencies to have a developed understanding of cultural considerations when working with children in care.

Those committed to improving the mental health of children and young people in care, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, CAMHS professionals and social workers, will find this book an invaluable source of evidence and inspiration.

Reviews

Supporting the Mental Health of Children in Care addresses numerous topics that are at the nexus of the child welfare system and mental health practice. The authors provide clear, poignant, and actionable perspectives that can assist professionals in gaining a deeper understanding of the underlying needs of children in care. This text addresses these needs through a culturally competent and trauma-informed lens that is cognizant of the integral and pertinent features of child development and how these are impacted by placement in foster care. Supporting the Mental Health of Children in Care is a great resource for anyone invested in providing care, support, or services to children involved with the child welfare system.
Mike Sherman Psy.D.,Clinical Psychologist and Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellow
I was deeply touched by some of the case material, and found much of the content of the book extremely thought-provoking in relation to my own practice. In chapter 11, there is a courageous and important discussion relating to integrated practice that is relevant to anyone working with children in a therapeutic way and which I found refreshing and positive. The focus on thinking systematically is not only relevant for working with children in the care system but, I believe, in working with all children. I would even go so far as saying that it should be recommended reading for all child and adolescent counsellors.
Lynn Martin, integrative psychotherapy trainer/supervisor, Children and Young People, BACP
We must not ever underestimate the achievements that children in care can make, and how many create fulfilling lives for themselves. Neither must we underestimate the role that foster carers can play in helping this to occur. This book gives us the opportunity to bring research findings into these debates and offers valuable insights into the important role of research-informed practice.
From the foreword by Jenny Pearce