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The Parents' Guide to Psychological First Aid: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Predictable Life Crises Paperback – November 12, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0195381917 ISBN-10: 0195381912 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195381912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195381917
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As any parent can attest, every news cycle brings warnings of the newest threats facing children. Bullying remains a constant problem, with a new front: social networks. Substance abuse trickles down to elementary schools. Students choke each other to near-unconsciousness for the high. All parents struggle with helping children grow up the right way, certain that the decisions they make on a day-to-day basis will forever affect the outcome of a child’s life. While there will never be a manual for parents, this guidebook to “psychological first aid” deserves a place on every parent’s bookshelf. The range of issues discussed is remarkably comprehensive and usefully organized by categories: health, family, social/peer, school, anxiety, sexuality, adolescent, and “unique stressors” (which includes a chapter on how to determine whether professional counseling is indicated). All chapters provide clear, constructive information and directions that can help both parents and therapists in family counseling settings. While every single decision won’t make or break children, this excellent resource will help many adults navigate parenting’s difficult decisions. --Matthew Tiffany


"This book is by far the most user-friendly parents' guide for managing the day-to-day predicable crises that their children face as a normal part of life. Any parent could instantly find meaningful information that they could use immediately for practically any child problem. As a parent and a clinical professional, I highly recommend this book to all parents and parents-to-be as an extremely helpful guide with pragmatic advice on successfully managing the normal crises in your children's lives." --Doody's

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Thoughtful info from experts for parents with excellent suggestions for everyday approaches. Good suggesrions & suggestiobs for additional reading in aech section
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More About the Author

A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gerald P. Koocher completed his B.A. degree in Psychology at Boston University (1968), and his MA (1970) and PhD (1972) in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri. From 1971 through 2001 he served successively as an intern, post-doctoral fellow, and ultimately as Chief of Psychology at Boston's Children's Hospital and Judge Baker Children's Center. During this period he also served as a full time faculty member (Associate Professor) at Harvard Medical School. In June, 2001 Dr. Koocher became Professor and Dean of the School for Health Studies at Simmons College (Boston). He currently holds appointments as Lecturer in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Koocher was elected a Fellow of twelve divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has earned five specialty diplomas from the American Boards of Professional Psychology (Clinical, Clinical Child /Adolescent, Family, Forensic, and Health Psychology). He has been licensed as a psychologist in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia.

Currently Editor of the journal Ethics & Behavior, Dr. Koocher previously served as Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 180 articles and book chapters and authored or edited t13 books.

Areas of his expertise include:

-Adaptation to chronic and life-threatening illness in childhood (especially cancer, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes).
-Coping with bereavement and loss, psychological assessment.
-Professional and scientific ethics, and mental health malpractice.

Very active in professional affairs, Dr. Koocher served as President of the Massachusetts and New England Psychological Associations and of three APA divisions (Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Children, Youth, and Family Services). He served as President of the APA (2006).

Dr. Koocher lives in Brookline, Massachusetts where he has served more than two decades as an elected member of town government. His hobbies include photography and psittacine aviculture.

For more information see his web site:

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