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When to Worry
How to Tell if Your Teen Needs Help--and What to Do About It
By Lisa Boesky, Ph.D.

  • Do you know a sweet, compliant child who has become a moody, defiant, unfocused, unpredictable, angry or overly sensitive teenager?

  • Are you wondering if that teen is going through a "phase"--or if something may really be wrong?

  • Does something feel "not right" about your own teen’s behavior?

When to Worry can help you distinguish typical teen behavior from those that merit concern. It then walks you through the steps you can take to help a struggling teen and to bring peace back into the family home. After reading this book, you will know:

  • what warning signs indicate which particular teen problems
  • specific “dos and don’ts” for each teen issue
  • how to effectively communicate with teenagers
  • how and where to get professional help, if necessary
  • the pros and cons of medication for teens

Moody teens, rebellious or defiant teens, school problems, teen depression, ADHD, teens and drugs, self-injury (“cutting”), low self-esteem, delinquency, learning disabilities, out of control teens, worries/fears and stress, eating disorders, aggression, bipolar disorder, Aspergers, teen suicide, trauma, and more.

Readers are given specific questions to ask professionals before working with them, recommendations for obtaining quality evaluations for teens, and information on effective treatment for adolescents.

Practical advice is given regarding successfully interacting with or parenting teens with special needs, taking care of YOU so you can take care of teens, and a detailed resource section helps put your new knowledge into action.

Compassionate and reassuring, this practical and user-friendly guide is invaluable to ANY adult concerned about a teenager.

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The Secret Cut: Understanding Self-Injury is a DVD of 8 personal stories and a national expert (Dr. Lisa) discussing the KEY issues you need to know about individuals who cut, carve or burn themselves.




Juvenile Offenders with Mental Health Disorders:
Who Are They and What Do We Do With Them? Second Edition (2011)
by Lisa Boesky, Ph.D.

Increasing numbers of teens with mental health disorders enter and remain in the juvenile justice system—providing new challenges for those who work with them. This book is a practical, user-friendly guide for professionals who supervise, manage, teach, or treat teenagers who get into trouble. The material applies to juvenile justice, education, and treatment settings—residential or community-based. The focus is on effective “identification” and “management” of delinquent teens who also have an emotional or behavioral condition. This first book of its kind is written by one of the leading experts in the field.


Juvenile Offenders with Mental Health Disorders includes: ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Learning Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders, Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders, Suicidal Behavior, Self-Injurious Behavior/Cutting and more...

The book also provides effective strategies to manage teens with each of the above disorders. Relevant issues related to diagnosis, screening and assessment, and treatment of mentally ill juveniles are also covered.

To order:
Call ACA at 800-222-5646 or CLICK HERE

For "bulk order" DISCOUNTS, please ask for Bonnie Carpenter.

“Like the first edition, Dr. Boesky’s revised 2nd edition is one of the few ‘must reads’ for all professionals
in the field. Boesky clearly describes what each disorder looks like in a corrections setting and how
to help.”
-Mike Riggan, Juvenile Division Manager,Washington Co. Juvenile Department

 "I spent the weekend mesmerized by your book—it is so useful to me as a teacher. It is so clear and usable." -Donna Coffeen, Educational Service District 123

"I can’t think of another publication in juvenile justice that puts so much useful information under one cover." -Jim Maxwell, Region Director, Mississippi Division of Youth Services

"This book is the most detailed, comprehensive, informational (yet easy to read) book out there. I love and recommend it highly!"  -Probation Officer, Colorado’s 17th Judicial District


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