Developing Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents with Learning Disabilities

Developing Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents with Learning Disabilities

by Sarah Bernard


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There is an ever-increasing obligation on child and adolescent mental health services to meet the needs of children and young people with learning disabilities. This practical and concise book will help clinicians, service managers and commissioners to rapidly develop the necessary skills and knowledge in this expanding area of clinical practice. It provides a comprehensive overview of epidemiology, mental health disorders and their clinical presentations, multidisciplinary assessment and intervention, and multi-agency working. It reviews the specific roles of different medical practitioners, such as clinical psychologists and occupational therapists. Plus there are sections on working in partnership with families, and service tiers and models.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904671619
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

About the editors:
Sarah Bernard is consultant psychiatrist for children and adolescents with learning disability at the Michael Rutter Centre, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Jeremy Turk is Professor of Developmental Psychiatry at St. George’s, University of London, and Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in the South West London & St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust where he is Clinical Team Leader on the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Learning Disability Service.

Quote from the editors: "Our vision is to equip child and adolescent mental health clinicians and managers to enable them to make their services as accessible, appropriate and useful as possible for children and young people with learning disabilties and their families."

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Epidemiological overview; 2. Multidisciplinary mental health assessment; 3. Clinical psychology; 4. Speech and language therapy; 5. Occupational therapy; 6. Nursing; 7. The social work contribution; 8. Medical; 9. Multi-agency working; 10. Working in partnership with families; 11. Service tiers and models.

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