Emergency Department Handbook: Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Problems
This practical handbook
covers everything a practitioner needs to know about dealing with
children and adolescents who present in an emergency department
with mental health problems. It provides an easily accessible
framework of knowledge on child and adolescent mental health, with
comprehensive, easy-to follow guidance.
The book includes
contributions from professionals across a range of disciplines:
paediatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, liaison psychiatry,
emergency medicine, and social care. The authors clarify the roles
and responsibilities of every professional involved in the care of
young patients and their families in a very vulnerable and
potentially frightening situation.
The subjects covered
- Understanding child and adolescent mental
- Their social and developmental contexts.
- The management of common mental health
problems in this age group.
- Carrying out balanced risk assessments.
- Liaison with social services and the role of
- The legal context.
- Confidentiality and child protection.
- Diversity issues.
Commended in the Psychiatry category of the 2010
BMA Medical Book Awards. ~
The book is intended for
psychiatrists at all levels dealing with young people,
paediatricians and emergency department clinicians, teachers and
trainers, and the heads of department, managers and commissioners
who work together to provide effective and efficient services to
meet the needs of this under-served client group.
Tony Kaplan is a Consultant
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Young People’s Crisis
Recovery Unit, North London, and was Chair of the Royal College of
Psychiatrists’ working group on CAMHS in the emergency
“It is a well-organised approach to
subject matter accessible to ‘dip’ into with specific queries as
they arise. It fills a gap in the market and is worth having on the
shelf for any ED doctor working a department which cares for
Book Awards 2010 Programme
"The aim of this handbook is for
‘practitioners at the front line in emergency departments to be
better trained, more informed and better prepared’... I suspect the
book will be most welcome to colleagues from accident and emergency
departments, as dealing with young people must represent additional
stress within already highly demanding work.
The book also provides an overview of
child and adolescent mental health that will be of interest to many
child and adolescent psychiatrists. Despite my 10 years as a
consultant in this field, I found that I was learning some useful
new information or that things I half knew were being helpfully
clarified...this handbook should definitely be read by all senior
trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry and will be very useful
to many others involved in this increasingly significant area of
British Journal of
INTRODUCTION - Tony Kaplan
CONTEXTUAL FACTORS IN ASSESSING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS - Helen
EMERGENCY ASSESSMENT AND CRISIS INTERVENTION - Tony Kaplan
AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATIONS IN THE EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT - Josie Brown
SELF-HARM: ISSUES, ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION - Tony Kaplan
VIOLENCE AND EXTREME BEHAVIOUR - Lois Colling and Eric Taylor
CONSENT, CAPACITY AND THE LAW - Mary Mitchell
ABUSE AND CHILD PROTECTION - Tricia Brennan
DIVERSITY AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS - Begum Maitra
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS - Tony Kaplan
CONFIDENTIALITY AND INFORMATION-SHARING - Tony Kaplan and Tricia
12. PRACTITIONERS AND
PATHWAYS: A COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK - Tony Kaplan, Paul Gill, Diana
Hulbert, Avril Washington, Ian Maconochie and Annie Souter
ISSUES FOR DEPARTMENT HEADS AND MANAGERS - Tony Kaplan
I. Recommendations of the Joint
Colleges Working Group on CAMHS in the emergency department - Tony
II. Mental state
examination checklist - Tony Kaplan
III. Mental Health Act
2007: brief guide
IV. Ten essential shared
competencies for mental health practice
VI. Emergency department
mental health risk assessment tool - Diana Hulbert