New Child, Adolescent Mental Health Guidelines Book the First Based on DSM-5™ Criteria

For Immediate Release

Heather Keesing

New Child, Adolescent Mental Health Guidelines Book the First Based on DSM-5™ Criteria Practical Guide for Screenings, Interventions

Includes provider, parent handouts in English, some in Spanish

New York, NY (Feb. 5, 2014) – Advanced practice nurse practitioners and other primary care providers are ideally suited to identify, screen and manage the mental health of children and adolescents while providing support to their families. Until now, comprehensive, accessible guidelines and resources based on new DSM-5™ guidelines have been scarce. A Practical Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention, and Health Promotion, 2nd Edition, helps fill both knowledge and resource gaps.

The Practical Guide was edited by Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, and assistant editor, Peter Jensen, MD, both expert practitioners in child and adolescent mental health. The book is published the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). The foreword was written by Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States.

“One out of four children and teens across the U.S. are now affected by a mental health problems yet less than 25 percent receive treatment, which calls for immediate solutions,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, editor. “This book provides an urgently needed,  user-friendly toolkit for pediatric and adolescent healthcare providers that is filled with up-to-date fast facts, evidence-based interventions and quality resources to assist them in preventing, screening for, identifying and managing common mental health problems in primary care and school-based settings.”

The book is a comprehensive resource from diagnosis to treatment and is designed for all categories of pediatric providers, including family and pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatricians, family physicians, school nurses and counselors, and others. Content is organized to provide easy access to information about assessing common mental health problems, medical history considerations, details for each mental health condition and its corresponding Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5™) criteria. Screening tools, web-based resources and educational handouts for parents as well as school-age children and teens are included. The tools can be used during sick or well visits to assess mental health or psychosocial issues with children or adolescents. Some key screening tools are available in Spanish.

The practical guide is divided into 19 sections and provides pediatric healthcare providers with the necessary information to manage mental health issues in areas such as: Diagnosing, Managing, and Preventing Mental Health Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Depressive Disorders; Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Somatoform Disorders; Disruptive Behaviors; Eating Disorders; Autism and Bullying and Violence; Overweight and Obesity and much more.

A section is dedicated to evidence-based interventions, such as Melnyk’s COPE Cognitive Behavioral Skills-Building Intervention (CBSB) for child and adolescent depression and anxiety.

The resource encompasses strategies involving early intervention and targeted interventions. Universal prevention methods are also addressed, aimed toward entire populations and across the demographic spectrum. For additional information on the book or to purchase it through the NAPNAP store visit www.NAPNAP.org.


The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the nation’s professional association of pediatric nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Representing 7,800 healthcare practitioners nationwide with 48 active chapters, NAPNAP has been actively advocating for children’s health since 1973.