Author Name: Dr. Christopher A. Kearney, Ph.D.
Posted: September 30, 2019
Course(s): EDUC 712U Child Behavior Disorders
My name is Dr. Christopher Kearney, Ph.D., and my book Casebook in Child Behavior Disorders is used in a course offered at Professional Development Courses from the University of LaVerne. I have been a clinical child psychologist, researcher, and professor for over 25 years and am pleased to be able to present in this book the wide array of cases that many mental health professionals face in children and adolescents.
Teachers are often those on the front lines with respect to children and adolescents with mental health issues. Indeed, many students with psychiatric disorders never see a mental health professional and instead rely solely on interactions with school-based professionals such as teachers, guidance counselors, and school-based social workers and psychologists. As such, it is so important that educational professionals be knowledgeable of many of the most common mental health challenges in their students, particularly learning disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct and oppositional problems, and emotional disorders that include anxiety and depression. The casebook conveys real-life cases and includes examples of how these youth interact with school officials and classrooms. A key goal of the book is to illuminate the most common symptoms and approaches for these problems so that those on the front lines are better equipped to recognize and address these problems.
Christopher A. Kearney, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Psychology
Director, UNLV Child School Refusal and AnxietyDisorders Clinic
This book and course have helped me so much in my classroom. I now feel equiped to remain patient and understanding by having a glimpse into what my students endure. Having compashion and understanding is everything.