Treatment of Childhood Disorders: Evidence-Based Practice in Christian Perspective, By Sarah E. Hall and Kelly S. Flanagan alt

Treatment of Childhood Disorders

Evidence-Based Practice in Christian Perspective

Christian Association for Psychological Studies Books

by Sarah E. Hall and Kelly S. Flanagan

Treatment of Childhood Disorders
  • Length: 448 pages
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  • Published: April 27, 2021
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2869
  • ISBN: 9780830828692

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Caring for the mental health of children and their families is complex and challenging—and meaningful. For Christian clinicians who work with childhood disorders, however, few resources exist to address such treatment from a research-based Christian integration perspective.

Treatment of Childhood Disorders fills this gap by combining biblical and theological understanding with current psychological literature on empirically supported treatments for children. Sarah E. Hall and Kelly S. Flanagan present an integrated approach based in developmental psychopathology, which offers a dynamic, multifaceted framework from which to understand the processes that affect children's development.

In this unique textbook, Hall and Flanagan consider a variety of disorders commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. After discussing prevalence, risk and causal factors, patterns throughout development, and assessment, they focus on evidence-based practices that have been found to be effective in treating the disorders. Each chapter also features ideas for Christian integration in treatment and an extended case study that brings the content to life.

Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) Books explore how Christianity relates to mental health and behavioral sciences including psychology, counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy in order to equip Christian clinicians to support the well-being of their clients.

"Hall and Flanagan's Treatment of Childhood Disorders represents a state-of-the-art engagement with evidence-based clinical child and adolescent psychology. It provides an extensive review of the related scientific psychopathology and treatment literature for each of the common disorders typically engaged in child psychopathology texts. This part of the work is done well enough to stand on its own as a useful survey of the field for clinicians and students in the mental health fields. Hall and Flanagan also address each area with thoughtful and informed analysis from both a developmental psychopathology and an integrative Christian perspective. The high-quality engagement with the influential literature in this specialty area is augmented by rich case examples that well illustrate the clinical issues and treatment approaches they cover. This will be an indispensable text for integrative Christian programs seeking to teach clinical child and adolescent psychology to graduate students. It also represents a valuable contribution for anyone in the broader field who seeks to culturally adapt evidenced-based clinical child and adolescent practice to Christian populations."

William L. Hathaway, dean and professor, the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University



Section I. Foundations
1. Developmental Psychopathology and Evidence-Based Practice
2. A Christian Approach to Treating Children and Adolescents

Section II. Internalizing Disorders
3. Depression and Bipolar Disorders
4. Anxiety Disorders
5. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Section III. Externalizing Disorders
6. Disruptive Behavior Disorders
7. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Section IV: Other Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence
8. Autism Spectrum Disorder
9. Eating Disorders
10. Going Beyond the Literature: Gender Dysphoria

Subject Index
Scripture Index


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Sarah E. Hall

Sarah E. Hall (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is associate professor of psychology, counseling, and family therapy at Wheaton College. With Kelly S. Flanagan she is the coeditor of Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology. Her research interests are in the area of emotion regulation in children, specifically the development of emotion regulation in early childhood and relations between emotion regulation and psychopathology.

Kelly S. Flanagan

Kelly S. Flanagan (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is clinical director of a pediatric development center in northwestern Illinois. She previously worked as associate professor of psychology and PsyD program director at Wheaton College. Her areas of interest and research include developmental psychopathology, social development, peer relationships, and school-based mental health.