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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Emergency Department Handbook: Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Problems

Edited by Tony Kaplan


Price: £15.00

College members' price: £13.50

Published: Jun 2009

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 206

ISBN: 9781904671732

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 include:

  • Understanding child and adolescent mental health problems.
  • 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 other agencies.
  • The legal context.
  • Confidentiality and child protection.
  • Diversity issues.

 ~ Highly Commended in the Psychiatry category of the 2010 BMA Medical Book Awards. ~

 

Readership

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.

 

About the editor:

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 department.


“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 children.”

BMA Medical 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 healthcare."

British Journal of Psychiatry


Contents

1. INTRODUCTION - Tony Kaplan

2. CONTEXTUAL FACTORS IN ASSESSING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS - Helen Stuart

3. EMERGENCY ASSESSMENT AND CRISIS INTERVENTION - Tony Kaplan

4. CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATIONS IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT - Josie Brown

5. SELF-HARM: ISSUES, ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION - Tony Kaplan

6. VIOLENCE AND EXTREME BEHAVIOUR - Lois Colling and Eric Taylor

7. CONSENT, CAPACITY AND THE LAW - Mary Mitchell

8. CHILD ABUSE AND CHILD PROTECTION - Tricia Brennan

9. CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS - Begum Maitra

10. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS - Tony Kaplan

11. CONFIDENTIALITY AND INFORMATION-SHARING - Tony Kaplan and Tricia Brennan

12. PRACTITIONERS AND PATHWAYS: A COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK - Tony Kaplan, Paul Gill, Diana Hulbert, Avril Washington, Ian Maconochie and Annie Souter

13. ISSUES FOR DEPARTMENT HEADS AND MANAGERS - Tony Kaplan


APPENDICES:

I. Recommendations of the Joint Colleges Working Group on CAMHS in the emergency department - Tony Kaplan

II. Mental state examination checklist - Tony Kaplan

III. Mental Health Act 2007: brief guide

IV. Ten essential shared competencies for mental health practice

V. Protocols

VI. Emergency department mental health risk assessment tool - Diana Hulbert

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