Futures in Practice: Mental Health
Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health (2002)
is a two-volume set considering the mental health of children in a developmental
context, presenting information on early recognition and intervention
for specific mental health problems and mental disorders, and providing
a tool kit with hands on tools for health professionals and families
for use in screening, care management, and health education.
the leadership of chair Michael Jellinek, M.D., a multidisciplinary
panel of experts worked toward these consensus guidelines
for mental health promotion as an integral part of child
were developed with funding from the Health Resources and
Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau
and have been supported by over 50 national organizations.
The guide was published by the National Center for Education
in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University.
publication is currently out of print. However, you can
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I, Practice Guide as PDF files.
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Mental HealthVolume II, Tool Kit as PDF files.
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and goals of Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health are
primary care health professionals about the essentials
of mental health promotion, including monitoring
psychosocial development; preventing and identifying
early emotional, behavioral, or substance abuse
problems and disorders; providing anticipatory
guidance and counseling; and providing appropriate
referral and follow-up
the support that infants, children, and adolescents
need for good mental health
a framework for developing and implementing mental
health promotion programs and policies in a variety
of settings, including primary clinical care, infant
mental health programs, child care centers, school-based
health centers, training programs, and parent education
makes Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health unique?
underpinning Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health includes
the belief that mental health promotion is
health partnership -- a longitudinal process that
promotes partnership and a shared agenda among
health professionals, the child, and the family
and contextual -- focuses on improving social,
developmental, health, and mental health outcomes;
views the infant, child, or adolescent in the context
of the family, friends, and community
and interdisciplinary -- part of a seamless system
that comprises health, mental health, education,
recreation, and human services
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