Child and Youth Mental Health in Canada, Second Edition

Cases from Front-Line Settings

By Patricia Kostouros, Shemine Alnoor Gulamhusein, Brenda Thompson


Child and Youth Mental Health in Canada, Second Edition is a relationally focused text that offers practical strategies for working with children, youth, and families who may struggle with mental health concerns. This volume discusses notions of mental health through a decolonized lens and weaves together socio-cultural perspectives for understanding mental health diagnoses and associated behaviours.

Written by scholars and professionals in the field, chapters are written from diverse practice-oriented and theoretical frameworks based on the expertise and life experiences of the contributors. Focusing learning through real-world case studies, the chapters present unique perspectives as they probe into specific concerns and complications observed in different settings of front-line practice. These perspectives illuminate setting-appropriate interventions and activities to meet the needs of practitioners and clients, including the unique needs of immigrant, refugee, Indigenous, and 2SLGBTQIA+ children, youth, and their families.

Thoroughly updated to include greater focus on decolonization and updates to statistics, data, special studies, and changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, this foundational new edition is well suited for university-and college-level programs in child and youth care, social work, teaching, and human services.


  • includes updated literature, a decolonized framework that cautions against the Euro-Western approach to mental health, greater focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion, new class activities, jurisdictional considerations, and a new chapter on working with Northern and rural children and youth
  • case studies are central to each chapter and include practical strategies for a variety of front-line scenarios
  • features a foreword written by Dr. Allan Donsky


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6.75" x 9.75”

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