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Evidence-Based Practice in School Mental Health

Addressing DSM-5 Disorders in Schools

Second Edition

Edited by James C. Raines

Publication Date - April 2019

ISBN: 9780190886578

480 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock


Though schools have become the default mental health providers for children and adolescents, they are poorly equipped to meet the mental health needs of their students. Evidence-Based Practice in School Mental Health differs from other books that address child and adolescent psychopathology by focusing on how to help students with mental disorders in pre-K-12th-grade schools. Chapters address the prevalence of a disorder in school-age populations, appropriate diagnostic criteria, differential diagnosis, comorbid disorders, available rapid assessment instruments, school-based interventions using multi-tiered systems of support, and easy-to-follow suggestions for progress monitoring. Additionally, the text shares detailed suggestions for how school-based clinicians can collaborate with teachers, parents, and community providers to address the needs of youth with mental health problems. Each chapter finishes with extensive web resources and real-life case examples drawn from the author's clinical practice. This book serves as a helpful resource for school-based mental health providers (e.g., school social workers, school psychologists, and school counselors), communities-in-schools coordinators, and MSW students focusing on child and adolescent mental health.

New to this Edition

  • Introduces a new topic-by-topic structure, giving busy practitioners easier and quicker access to the material they need
  • Features the contributions of authors recruited for their particular expertise on various disorders (about which they have published articles, presented at conferences, and written books)
  • Incorporates the most recent iteration of the NASW Code of Ethics


  • Presents an ecological perspective that provides school, home, and community support
  • Examines multi-tiered systems of support as an approach to intervention based on the severity of need
  • Includes real-life clinical examples for each disorder
  • Shares web resources for readers to use in staying up to speed with the latest news and developments

About the Author(s)

Jim Raines, PhD, MSSW, is Professor of Social Work at California State University, Monterey Bay. Dr. Raines has worked in residential treatment centers, inpatient child psychiatry, family service agencies, outpatient community mental health, and school social work. He joins practical clinical wisdom with scientific rigor to meet the needs of clients and the clinicians who work with them.


"In addition to practicing school social workers, social work educators might utilize this text in the classroom, as it features differential diagnosis tables and decision trees that aid in distinguishing between similar childhood disorders." -- Cynthia H Nover, Journal of Social Work

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction
    James C. Raines

    Chapter 2. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    Maria Scannapieco and Kirsten Painter

    Chapter 3. Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Michelle S. Ballan and Jennifer Hyk

    Chapter 4. Specific Learning Disorder
    James C. Raines

    Chapter 5. Early Onset Schizophrenia
    Theresa Early

    Chapter 6. Bipolar Disorders
    Chris Ahlman

    Chapter 7. Depressive Disorders
    Jacqueline Corcoran

    Chapter 8. Anxiety Disorders
    Nikolaus Schuetz and Amy N. Mendenhall

    Chapter 9. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    James C. Raines

    Chapter 10. Trauma and Stress Disorders
    Marleen Wong, Pamela Vona, and Stephen Hydon

    Chapter 11. Eating Disorders
    Elizabeth C. Pomeroy and Alice Tate Smith

    Chapter 12. Elimination Disorders
    James C. Raines

    Chapter 13. Disruptive Disorders
    Shantel D. Crosby, Andy J. Frey, Gary Zornes, and Kristian Jones

    Chapter 14. Self-Harm Disorders
    James C. Raines and Stephanie Ochocki

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