Many factors affect treatment options for children and adolescents with mental health problems, including age, severity of symptoms, financial and time constraints, and access to qualified professionals. With the limitations of managed care plans and the shrinking pool of pediatric psychiatrists, the trend is toward pediatricians prescribing psychotropic medicines. Pharmacologically trained psychologists can offer valuable assistance to pediatricians caught in this predicament. Tackling fundamental questions of when to treat as well as when and why to refer young patients, the Pediatricians and Pharmacologically Trained Psychologists examines commonly occurring pediatric conditions requiring joint treatment; reviews theoretical models of consultation and collaboration; and spotlights professional issues typically arising from these team efforts. With pertinent clarity and detail, this volume offers in-depth discussion in these key areas: * Collaborative treatment of mental health conditions, including mood, disruptive, anxiety, and eating disorders.* Collaborative treatment of medical conditions, focusing on gastrointestinal disorders and diabetes.* Changing clinical procedures in states that have enacted prescriptive authority for psychologists.* Expanding roles for pharmacologically trained psychologists practicing in states that have t enacted prescriptive authority for psychologists.Medical psychology in the pediatric hospital.* Integrative care in rural settings and on the reservation.* The collaborative future: brain marker techlogy, training paradigms, and more. Pediatricians and Pharmacologically Trained Psychologists is a must-have reference for a broad range of researchers, professionals, and graduate students, including psychologists, pediatricians and other child mental health clinicians as well as nphysician prescribers, such as nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists.
George M. Kapalka earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and holds board certifications in several areas of practice, including clinical psychology, psychopharmacology, child and adolescent psychology, learning disabilities, and forensic psychology. He is an associate professor (tenured, graduate faculty appointment) at Monmouth University where he currently serves as the Interim Chair of the Department of Psychological Counseling. Dr. Kapalka previously taught at several universities, including Fairleigh Dickinson University (within the PhD program in Clinical Psychology) and the New York Institute of Technology (where he served as the Director of Counselor Education). Dr. Kapalka is licensed to practice psychology in NJ, NY, PA and NM and has been in practice for over 20 years. He maintains a private practice that primarily focuses on the treatment of children and adolescents with learning and emotional disorders. Dr. Kapalka completed level 3 psychopharmacology training through the Prescribing Psychologists' Register, and in his practice he frequently consults with pediatricians about the use of medications in the treatment of children and adolescents. For over a decade, he has been a member of medical staff at Meridian Health, Brick Hospital Division, a primary care hospital. In addition, Dr. Kapalka is school-certified in New Jersey and heads a state-accredited Independent Child Study Team. Dr. Kapalka's research program has focused on the education and treatment of youth with disruptive disorders, as well as the use of nutritional and herbal supplements in the treatment of children and adolescents. He is an author of four books and dozens of professional publications and presentations. Dr. Kapalka is active in professional and community education and has held dozens of workshops for medical and mental health professionals, teachers, and parents. Dr. Kapalka has been interviewed in newspapers, Internet publications, and on television.