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Mental Health and Finding Professional Help Website for American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. Great information and links; includes Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder Website for National Association of Social Workers; includes a link to “Find a Therapist” Website for the National Center for Learning Disabilities; has a wealth of information on all types of learning disorders, information on advocacy, etc. Website for American Psychological Association; includes a link to “Find a Psychologist” Website dedicated to helping people find the “right” therapist for their specific needs. Website for American Counseling Association; includes a section on “How to find a counselor in your area”. Website for the American Mental Health Counselor Assn. (AMHCA) which does a lot of lobbying on behalf of Professional Counselors Website for the SC Assn for LPCS, the state chapter of AMHCA. It is the only organization dedicated solely to further the profession of clinical mental health counseling in SC — offers great monthly newsletter, free and reduced rate trainings, and more. The acronym for this organization is SCALPC Website for the National Assn. for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Website for the SC Assn. for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (SCAADAC), the state chapter of NAADAC Website for the SC Assn of Play Therapists (SCAPT) Website for American Assn. for Marital and Family Therapists (AAMFT) Website for SC Assn for Marital and Family Therapists, the state chapter of AAMFT Website for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network – has links to free webinars, educational materials, etc. Website for Give An Hour — where clinicians can donate their clinical skills to veterans at no cost Website for Psychology Today where there is a tab at the top to “Find a Therapist” anywhere in the US by name, specialty, insurances accepted, etc. Website which lists helping professionals across the nation Website for Liability/Malpractice coverage for clinicians Website for the Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists Website for the SC Board of Social Work Examiners Website for the SC Board of Examiners in Psychology


Anxiety Disorders: Everything you Need to Know. Caldwell, J. Paul. (Firefly Books, 2005). Has a great chapter on anxiety in children and adolescents, with overviews and checklists on a variety of anxiety disorders that occur in childhood.

In the Shadows of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior. Carnes, P., Delmonico, D.L. and Griffin, E. (Hazelden, 2001). Educates you about internet porn addiction helps you to understand the syndrome and recognize the signs.

Potatoes not Prozac. DesMaisons, Kathleen. (Simon & Schuster, 1999). Great nutritional book; discusses merits of different foods on mood.

The Chemistry of Joy. Emmons, H. with Kranz, R. (Simon & Schuster, 2005). Another great nutritional book that helps with an anti-depression diet.

Childhood and Society Erickson, Erik H. (WW Norton & Co., 1955). Only one of the fine writings of Erik Erickson—but particularly accessible and easy to read. If Your Child Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder. Evans, D.L. and Andrews, L.W. (Oxford University Press, 2005). A guide to getting effective help for adolescents with serious mood disorders; has sections on psychiatric medications and current treatments.

Solve your Child’s Sleep Problems. Ferber, Richard. (Simon & Schuster, 2006). Gives hands-on advice on how to help your child deal with sleep disruption, sleep schedule abnormalities.

Kids in the Syndrome Mix of LD, ADHD, LD, Asperger’s Tourette’s, Bipolar & More!: The one stop guide for parents, teachers and other professionals Kutscher, M.L., Attwood, T. & Wolff, R.R. (Jessica Kingsley Publishers,: 2005) Highly recommended book which outlines current information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatment for a variety of disorders that occur in childhood. Compensatory techniques/strategies are offered.

Fed Up! Winning the War against Childhood Obesity. Okie, Susan. (Joseph Henry Press, 2005). Written by a family physician, this book offers tips on healthy eating and lifestyle; practical suggestions on teaching children how to eat for life; and how to find help for your overweight child.

Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know about Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask).Richardson, J. and Schuster, M. (Crown Publishers, 2003). Good resource on parenting techniques and childhood sexuality. Includes a section on parenting your sexually active child.

Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent’s Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Austistic Spectrum Disorders. Sicile-Kira, Chantal. (The Berkley Publishing Group, 2006). Offers parents strategies for helping their autistic adolescents of various ability levels, focusing on how to prepare them for adulthood. Great section on transition planning for life after high school.

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls.Simmons, Rachel. (Harcourt Books, 2002.)

If Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents. Walsh, T.W. and Cameron, V.L. (Oxford University Press, 2005). Provides tips on understanding eatings disorders, navigating the health care system, and looking at current treatment issues, along with practical advice on handling day-to-day life after diagnosis is made. Has a fabulous resource section as well.

What in the World are your Kids Doing Online: Helping your children Understand the Electronic World we live in. Melton, Barbara and Shankle, Sue (Broadway Books, a division of Random House/Doubleday, 2007). Great section that outlines step-by-step how to talk to your kids about difficult subjects; parenting tips on limiting internet use; specific section on recommendations about internet use for kids with specific disorders, including autism spectrum, ADHD, etc.

Marketing for the Mental Health Professional: An Innovative Guide for Practitioners. Diana, David (Wiley & Sons, 2010). Specific tips on marketing yourself in the private practice sector.

The Paper Office, Fourth Edition. Zuckerman, Edward L. (Guilford Publications, 2008). Practice forms and handouts with a CD included for every form.

Bullying Provides educational information about preventing bullying and a speakers list for presentations to groups, communities, schools, conferences, and the like. Highly recommended site that advocates for bullied children and promotes anti-bullying legislation; rates the various states’ anti-bullying laws; tracks where anti-bullying law action is taking place; and lists various support groups; offers practical advice on how you can get involved. Award-winning website that gives you examples of what cyberbullying looks like and the many forms it can take. Download their 13-page document, which gives information on how to report cyberbullying along with step-by-step instructions on how to copy headers and forward them to the appropriate authority using all types of programs; tips on how to report to major ISPs; and instructions for copying screenshots of offensive content for reporting purposes. Great resource lists and information on how to access support groups as well. Site put together by Youthlight Books; excellent source of information; good tips and resource list. Great resource on Cyberbullying – its forms, how it affects people, and how to prevent it.

Depression Website offering free educational curriculums and training programs about teen suicide for students, educators/youth workers and parents.

Drug safety/Suicide Prevention Website providing information on prescription and over-the-counter medications that can cause serious side effects.

Eating Disorders Website for Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides information about all types of food and weight disorders; lots of great self-help tips and information about recovery and prevention.

Eating Disorders: The Ultimate Online Resource Guide An eating disorder resource guide

Innovative Child and Family Therapy Books

Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth (Vol 1 and 2) By Liana Lowenstein These best-selling books are packed with creative assessment and treatment interventions to help clients identify feelings, manage anger, learn coping strategies, enhance social skills, and elevate self-esteem. They offer a wealth of practical tools for practitioners working with children in individual, group, and family counseling. Activities are geared to 4-16 year-old clients. $25 US / $27 CDN

Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques Vol 1 and 2 Edited by Liana Lowenstein In these two books, Liana Lowenstein has compiled an impressive collection of techniques from experienced practitioners. Activities address a range of issues, including feelings expression, social skills, self-esteem, and termination, and can be used in individual, group, or family sessions. A “must have” for practitioners seeking to add creative interventions to their repertoires. (Volume 3 coming soon!) $25 US / $27 CDN

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children By Liana Lowenstein A creative compilation of activities to help bereaved children express feelings of grief, diffuse traumatic reminders, address self-blame, commemorate the deceased, and learn coping strategies. Includes activities for children dealing with the suicide or murder of a loved one. Also contains a theoretical overview, tips for caregivers and teachers, and a ten-week curriculum for use in therapy or support groups. An invaluable resource for grief counselors, group facilitators, and school personnel. $30 US / $32 CDN

Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce By Liana Lowenstein An innovative collection of therapeutic games, art techniques, and stories to help children of divorce express feelings, deal with loyalty binds, disengage from parental conflict, address anger and self-blame, and learn coping strategies. Includes a theoretical overview, a sample treatment plan, and a reproducible handout to give parents. Also contains a ten-week curriculum that can be used in therapy or support groups. A much needed resource for counselors, therapists, and group facilitators. $30 US / $32 CDN

Paper Dolls & Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children By Liana Lowenstein, Marilyn Lay, and Geri Crisci This collection is brimming with more than 80 innovative activities for individual or group therapy with sexually abused children. Creative, engaging exercises help clients address issues such as feelings, disclosure, self-blame, offenders, triggers, sexuality, safety, and self-esteem. This best-selling treatment manual is an invaluable resource for practitioners working with sexually abused children, aged 4-16. $40 US / $48 CDN

Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play, Art, and Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions Edited by Liana Lowenstein Bringing together an array of highly creative contributors, this resource provides a unique collection of family therapy techniques. Authors illustrate how play, art, drama, and other expressive activities can effectively engage families and help them resolve complex problems. Practitioners from divergent theoretical orientations and work settings will find a plethora of innovative clinical interventions in this book. $35 US / $39 CDN

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