The church's response to child and adolescent mental health disorders has too often been characterized by fear and misinformation rather than grace or wisdom. The result has been families that desperately need practical advice and pastoral care on these disorders, and on the thorny issues that often surround them.

Psychologist Matthew Stanford has written Grace for the Children to educate Christians about a range of common child and adolescent mental health disorders, from both scientific and biblical perspectives. Based on DSM-5 diagnoses, this book covers

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • disruptive behavior disorders
  • depression
  • bipolar disorders
  • anxiety
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • obsessive compulsive and related disorders
  • eating disorders

The church is uniquely positioned to offer things our mental health system often lacks: hope, a holistic view of human nature, accessible care, and supportive community. Grace for the Children is a call for the church to pick up this mantle and to offer grace to children and adolescents suffering from mental health disorders.

CONTENTS

1. A Gift and a Reward
2. Diagnosis and Treatment
3. Questions and Answers
4. Different: Autism Spectrum Disorder
5. Distracted: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
6. Defiant: Disruptive Behavior Disorders
7. Hopeless: Depressive Disorders
8. Emotional: Bipolar Disorders
9. Fearful: Anxiety Disorders
10. Wounded: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
11. Consumed: Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
12. Worthless: Eating Disorders
13. Being Holistic
14. A Divine Opportunity

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Matthew S. Stanford (PhD, Baylor University) is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, Texas, and he teaches in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. He is the author of Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness and The Biology of Sin: Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped.

Stanford is the cofounder and served as the executive director of the Grace Alliance, a faith-based, non-profit mental health organization that provides services and support to individuals living with serious mental illness and their families. An international speaker, his research on the interplay between psychology and faith has been featured in publications including The New York Times, USA Today, and Christianity Today, as well as websites such as Fox, MSNBC, Yahoo, and US News & World Report.

Stanford is a member of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, where he is the author of over one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family and Community Ministries and Behavioral Sciences and the Law, and is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Mental Health Advisory Group, and the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute Advisory Council.

He and his wife, Julie, have four children and reside in Houston, Texas. 

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