May is Mental Health Month. The following recent titles from APA Books look at mental health across a variety of contexts, including schools, the human body, and even the meaning of life itself.
We all struggle to process our experiences, achievements, and failures within the context of a meaningful life. Knowing how to discuss meaning, and how to help patients find it, is a vital tool for all mental health practitioners. Clara Hill’s groundbreaking book analyzes various theoretical approaches to incorporating meaning in life as a construct and focus in therapy.
School systems are pressured to raise the level of academic achievement, but children who are exposed to trauma often bring a complicated set of needs to the classroom that can impact their willingness to learn, their cognitive function, their ability to form lasting relationships, and even their physical health. This book provides school mental health providers with the necessary trauma-informed tools to help them intervene on behalf of struggling students and create a beneficial educational environment.
In this compelling book, Joan Chrisler and Ingrid Johnston-Robledo examine how women relate to their bodies and how attitudes toward the body affect women’s sense of self. They suggest ways to help women and girls achieve a positive embodied self, which includes challenging and resisting pressures to alter and discipline their bodies in unhealthy ways.