Books for School Counselors
Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention
Thomas J. Huberty, Ph.D., 2012, Springer.
A useful book for school counselors in assessing, preventing, and treating depression from a developmental psychology approach. Depression and its effects on personal, social, and academic development as found by research is included. Useful case examples, and an appendix of forms and checklists are also featured.
Childhood Depression: School-Based Intervention
Kevin D. Stark, Ph.D., 1990, The Guilford Press.
The author discusses the importance of the school counselor's role in identifying, assessing, and providing treatment for children and adolescents suffering with depression. An empirically school-based treatment plan is outlined step-by-step, which combines theories and interventions of cognitive-behavioral, family therapy, and school consultation.
Helping Students Overcome Depression and Anxiety: A Practical Guide
Kenneth W. Merrell, Ph.D, 2001, The Guilford Press.
The author includes easy-to-read, creative, and comprehensive assessments and strategies for school counselors in helping students overcome anxiety and depression, with emphasis on the cognitive-behavioral and psychoeducational approaches and techniques. The use of medications and psychiatric referral process is also discussed.
Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, 2nd Edition.
Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., Stephen J.F. Holland, Psy.D., & Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D., 2011, The Guilford Press.
The authors provide a comprehensive guide for implementing the cognitive-behavioral approach in treating depression. There is also an abundance of case examples and techniques within the book, and forms including assessments, client forms, and homework sheets.
Child and Adolescent Suicidal Behavior: School-Based Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention
David N. Miller, Ph.D., 2011, The Guilford Press.
An excellent source of information regarding research and the need for suicide prevention programs within schools. Best-practice in-depth recommendations for developing suicide prevention and intervention programs, conducting needs and risk assessments within schools, and postvention procedures are provided. Sample assessments are included for students, parents, and teachers. Ethical and legal issues are also addressed.
Suicide Prevention in Schools
A. Leenaars & S. Wenckstern (Editors), 1990, Hemisphere.
The book emphasizes the important role of school counselors in preventing suicide, and provides information for schools counselors and teachers in detecting suicidal tendencies.
A Resource for All
Student Depression: A Silent Crisis in Our Schools and Communities
Marcel Lebrun, Ph.D., 2006, R&L Education.
A must read for parents, school counselors, school psychologists, teachers, educators, and the overall community. The author's goal is educate, and encourage awareness and empathy for child and adolescent depression. Prevalence, causes, symptoms, assessments, and treatments, along with signs of suicide, and individual risk factors are reviewed.
Helpful Books for Parents, Children, and Adolescents.
Major Depressive Disorder: A Patient and Family Guide
American Psychiatric Association, 2000, American Psychiatric Publisher.
A clear concise resource for parents and children/adolescents that explains the signs, symptoms, causes, and risk factors of depression, as well as the holistic treatment options and plans available.
Beyond the Blues: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression
Lisa M. Schab, LCSW, 2008, Instant Help.
An excellent resource with great reviews to match. The workbook includes activities for teens overcoming depression. There are 40 activities, which focus on, "The power of hope, sharing your feelings, choosing positive thoughts, the power of perspective, the gift of the moment, believing in yourself, problem-solving techniques, using social skills, feeling loved, coping with change, hotlines to help, an emergency plan, working as a family", and many more.
Recovering from Depression: A Workbook for Teens
Mary Copeland, M.A., M.S., & Stuart Copans, M.D., 2002, Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
An interactive, practical, and supportive workbook for teens; it is also a helpful book for parents to gain a better understanding of their child's struggle. Includes strategies for changing negative thoughts, recognizing triggers, tips dealing with stress, reaching out to family, friends, and professionals for help, and focusing on future goals. It has great reviews from school counselors who found this workbook useful and effective for depressed adolescents.
Rescuing Your Teenager from Depression
Norman T. Berlinger, Ph.D., 2006, William Morrow Paperbacks.
Parents play a vital role in helping their children with depression; this book serves to empower and educate parents. It provides parents with information, inspiration, tools and strategies in helping their children cope and overcome depression. Symptoms, risks, modification and monitoring of medication, and signs of suicide are discussed at length.
The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens
Richard E. Nelson, Ph.D., & Judith C. Galas, 2006, Free Spirit Publishing.
This book empowers teens to help their peers. During adolescence peers become increasingly important, and strong friendships are made. Friends often tell each other secrets, and may disclose feelings of depression and thoughts of suicide. If teens learn to recognize the facts and symptoms of depression, and ways in which they can help (ie., telling parents, school counselors, and teachers), they can help potentially save a life. Tips for understanding their depressed friend, active listening skills, available resources, and ways to reach out for help are included.