Smart Parenting: A Guide to Childhood Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions

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Smart Parenting is a guide that will assist parents in systematically assessing and addressing numerous childhood difficulties including transitional difficulties, divorce, death, accidents, mood disorders, hyperactivity and anxiety disorders. Complete discussions of when and how to decide on medication and types of medications typically used are included.

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Dr. Bill J. Duke is a former Assistant Professor of Child Clinical Neuroscience and Family Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. He is a Board Certified Fellow and Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and additionally maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of children. Bill is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota (Masters level) and in California (Doctoral level). Bill earned his Doctoral Degree in Psychology with a Child Clinical focus. Dr. Duke completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Village of Childhelp, USA, a residential psychiatric facility for severely maltreated children between the ages of two and twelve. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Depression Among Maltreated Children". Prior to joining the faculty of UND, Dr. Duke completed a postdoctoral fellowship as a Research and Clinical Fellow in Child Clinical Neuroscience within the UND School of Medicine. Dr. Duke began his mental health career over 30 years ago beginning as a licensed psychiatric technician at Fairview State Hospital in Costa Mesa California, as a senior psychiatric technician at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Department of Child Psychiatry and within a variety of pediatric and child psychiatric clinical settings. Dr. Duke's most recent publication is a book, "Smart Parenting: A Guide to Child Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions" (DCC Publishing). Dr. Duke's research interests previously led to collaborative efforts with Dr. Arthur J. Prange, Boshamer Professor of Psychiatry, Mental Health Clinical Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC. as well as other nationally renowned psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists. Among other interests, Dr. Duke has investigated the effects of in-utero alcohol exposure on newborn thyroid functioning. Dr. Duke has also conducted basic research related to developmental effects of sertraline on brain neuroreceptor (5HT receptor) density and has a particular interest in the general area of measuring response to psychopharmacological interventions.

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At some point in time most parents question their fundamental intelligence and sanity. The parent, however, who is capable and motivated to become informed about children and children's problems, is indeed a smart parent.

Most parents, at some time, have witnessed an intelligent person who isn't very smart at being a parent. Being a smart parent crosses intellectual boundaries. Being intelligent and successful, or the reverse, does not insure good or bad parenting skills. Basic intelligence, however, is not the essence of this book; being smart is. Smart, as it is used in this book, refers to the efficient, effective and meaningful application of intelligence, knowledge and caring to the most important role of parenting.

Being smart at anything requires a certain amount of basic intelligence, knowledge and motivation. People are not necessarily successful despite their innate intelligence. Being smart begins with an investment of effort. An understanding of children and their problems provides the parent with a more objective frame of reference by which to judge the child's situation. The greater understanding the parent brings to a child, the more helpful the parent will be in forwarding the ultimate objective of producing a happy, healthy individual. The parent choosing to become informed, demonstrates a loving and healthy inclination to be a smart parent.

Can parents enhance and encourage the psychological, biological, social and educational development of their children? Yes! Can a child's development be enhanced? Absolutely! Most of us, as parents, hope to enhance and encourage in our children the development of happy, well adjusted and productive traits and lifestyles. Likewise, however, a child's development can be impaired in numerous ways. Some childhood problems have a tendency to snowball as they add new layers of difficulty on top of a fundamental problem.

To optimize child development, a parent, can provide an adaptive model, participate in the child's educational process and become and/or remain informed. Quality family health care is obviously a necessary part of any plan to optimize child development. A medical or psychological difficulty can distort or impede normal or optimal development.

When is a childhood problem something to be concerned about and when is it just a stage a child is going through? This is a common and important question asked by most parents at one time or another. When should a parent intervene in a problem? How should a parent intervene? These questions will be addressed in this book and methods will be presented that will allow you to consider and face these questions as they apply to your own situation.

The most important roles we undertake initially appear intimidating. Parenting, understanding and dealing with children, is no exception. The dynamic changing nature of children presents us with new opportunities and challenges at every developmental transition. A frame of reference by which to understand and deal with childhood problems assists in meeting these important parental demands in productive ways. The tools of common sense coupled with the scientific method can bring order and increased understanding to the complexities and challenges of parenthood.

This text will provide a general frame of reference regarding childhood difficulties, an introduction to child assessment, observational methods and an introduction of methods to be utilized by parents for behavioral and therapeutic interventions. Many of the methods introduced can also be considered as relationship building and relationship enhancing.

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