To learn more about children’s mental health, we recommend the following resources:
Columbia University Guidelines for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Referral, Columbia University, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Guidelines for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Referral is a template specifically designed to assist community mental health agencies in identifying appropriate treatments for youth who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. The Guidelines are based on empirical research describing treatments with demonstrated efficacy for treating these youth. For each diagnostic category, medication and psychosocial approaches that have demonstrated efficacy are listed.
Related article: Gail Wasserman, Susan Ko, and Peter Jensen,. Columbia guidelines for child and adolescent mental health referral. Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth. Winter 2001: 9-14, 23.
Critical Gaps Cited In Evidence For How Best To Treat Children's Behavioral And Mental Health Problems — Science Daily, September 12, 2006
Effective Treatment for Mental Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Barbara J. Burns, Ph.D., Kimberly Hoagwood, Ph.D. and Patricia J. Mrazek, Ph.D.
The authors of this work reviewed the published literature for effective interventions for mental disorders in children and adolescents. They organize their findings into the following categories: prevention, traditional forms of treatment, community-based interventions, crisis and support services, and treatment for two prevalent disorders. The strongest evidence base supportive of positive outcomes for children and families exists for five forms of services and treatments: home-based services, therapeutic foster care, some forms of case management, and both pharmaceutical and psychosocial treatments for specific syndromes.
Reference: Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, Vol. 2, No. 4. 1999:199-244.
A manual is available from the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. (TAC) that has been designed for clinicians and administrators in provider organizations and their chief partners – primary consumers and family members. The manual answers questions such as: what are evidence-based practices and why should they be used, what do the terms mean and what are some examples? This user-friendly, how-to manual includes a bibliography and tips for reading and understanding the literature.