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Counseling Youth

Systemic Issues and Interventions

Richard S. Balkin, Amanda Winburn, Erika L. Schmit, and Samantha M. Mendoza

Publication Date - 28 March 2023

ISBN: 9780197586761

280 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

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Counseling Youth: Systemic Issues and Interventions highlights the nature of counseling youth and implementing interventions from a systemic perspective. This systemic perspective focuses on the multitude of issues and systems that impact youth and mental health, such as academic progress and achievement; emotional and behavioral problems; and overall behaviors that impact physical and emotional well-being. As these aforementioned issues are addressed, highlighted are the roles of various systems, including schools, mental health facilities, medical facilities, juvenile justice systems, and refugee services, as well as services geared to special populations, such as LGBT+ youth and undocumented immigrant minors. Included in this text is a brief overview of child-adolescent development that then focuses on issues, policies, and services for counseling youth in schools, communities, and clinical settings. Central to this book are the issues that families, schools, and communities are having difficulty addressing, such as trauma, abuse, suicide, teen pregnancy, and antisocial behavior, and the key to addressing these issues by utilizing a variety of resources within the system and advocating for systemic change. Utilized is a multidimensional focus on development, issues, and strategies, providing an integrative approach so that clinicians (present and future) have an understanding of the theory, concerns, policies, and approaches for working youth. This book also utilizes a transtheoretical approach and attempts to provide an overview of approaches and interventions regardless of theoretical approach. Unlike books that focus on a singular model, this approach is to speak to a variety of individuals training to be clinicians from a variety of backgrounds (e.g., social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology).


  • Addresses the interplay between schools, mental health system, the justice system, and communities, considering how they respond to youth issues, and emphasizes the need to connect these systems for a successful framework in treating youth
  • Focused chapters on undocumented immigrant minors and youth populations not often covered in counselling textbooks
  • Highlights interventions effective in working with youth, providing solutions to issues

About the Author(s)

Rick Balkin, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is a Professor in the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education, and Coordinator of Educational Research and Design in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Practicing Forgiveness: A Path Toward Healing, published by Oxford University Press and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. Rick is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association; past-president for the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling; and former editor of the Journal of Counseling & Development, the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association.

Amanda Winburn, Ph.D., LPC, RPT, NCC, NCSC, is currently serving as an Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi within the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education. Dr. Winburn has over a decade of experience working with children in various settings. Dr. Winburn is a licensed educator, counselor, and administrator. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Ed.S. in Counselor Education (Play Therapy Specialization Track) and teaches courses within the School Counseling and Play Therapy specialty areas. Dr. Winburn also has a strong interest in School Based Play Therapy. Over the last 10 years, she has been actively involved in play therapy at the University of Mississippi both at the clinical setting as well as actively conducting research within the field. Other research interest include school counseling, bullying, and advocacy. Her research has been published in journals such as Professional School Counseling and the International Journal of Play Therapy.

Erika L. Schmit, PhD, LPC, is currently an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at Texas A&M University- Commerce. In addition, she serves as the doctoral coordinator of the counseling program and teach courses related to research, teaching, and clinical mental health counseling. Her experiences include working with children and adolescents in numerous settings including schools, agencies, and inpatient hospitals. In the past 5 years as a counselor educator, Dr. Schmit published 12 peer reviewed articles and presented 39 times at counseling conferences. Her research agenda has a specific focus on working with youth in crisis and admitted into acute care hospital settings, specifically experiencing suicidal ideations, behaviors, and attempts. She has also published articles related to counseling outcomes and research methodology.

Samantha Marie Mendoza, Ph.D, .serves as a Federal Field Specialist, employed through the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and is an adjunct professor in the Counselor Education Department at the University of St. Thomas and the University of the Southwest. Since 2008, Dr. Mendoza has worked with vulnerable populations, particularly children and individuals with intellectual disabilities or mental health needs.

Table of Contents

    Part I: An Overview of the System
    Chapter 1 Defining a Systemic Approach to Working with Youth
    Chapter 2 What is normal?
    Chapter 3 Our system of care
    Chapter 4 Addressing Youth Interventions in Schools
    Chapter 5 Immigrant and Refugee Youth
    Part II: Issues Affecting Youth
    Chapter 6 Stress, Depression, and Suicide
    Chapter 7 Sex and Sexuality
    Chapter 8 Bullying and Violence
    Chapter 9 Antisocial Behavior and Addiction
    Chapter 10 Abuse and Trauma
    Part III Affecting Change
    Chapter 11 Engaging Communities in Need
    Chapter 12 Putting It All Together: Systemic Change for Positive Mental Health in Youth

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