Drs. Amie Grills, Melissa Holt Receive Outstanding Academic Title Award for Book on Student Mental Health

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Drs. Amie Grills and Melissa Holt were recently informed the book they co-edited and contributed to, Critical Issues in School-Based Mental Health, was a winner of Choice magazine’s annual Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) award for 2017. The honor is given to roughly ten percent of approximately 6,000 reviewed works each year.

Since 1964, Choice, the publishing unit of The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), has provided tools and resources for the academic literary community, including access to textbooks, journals, published research, and academic reviews for those in higher education. Every January issue, the print and digital publisher lists works reviewed over the past year as recipients of the OAT award. Per Choice’s site, these works exemplify:

  • overall excellence in presentation and scholarship,
  • importance relative to other literature in the field,
  • distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form,
  • originality or uniqueness of treatment,
  • value to undergraduate students,
  • importance in building undergraduate library collections

Critical Issues in School-Based Mental Health delves into the matters that student-focused mental health professionals face in today’s educational climate. A brief synopsis from the book follows below:

“School-based mental health professionals intervene daily to address a variety of student mental health concerns. From challenges that arise in the educational context to those carried over from home, from managing daily care to handling emergent traumatic events, they must be prepared for an extremely varied work life. While some of the most common issues recur with such frequency that they may seem straightforward to address, others crop up with changing student populations.”

The extensive chapter list covers learning disabilities, substance abuse, bullying, autism spectrum disorders, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, physical health, sexuality, family adjustment and engagement, traumatic event experiences, mental health among LGBTQ youth, and more.

The book’s publisher, Routledge, has included Critical Issues in School-Based Mental Health among other Outstanding Academic Title award-winners in an advertisement in the upcoming issue of Choice.

To purchase your own copy of Critical Issues in School-Based Mental Health, please visit Routledge’s site here.