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Free textbooks by The National Academies Press

The NAP in Washington publish more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics, resulting in a catalogue of more than 4,000 titles in PDF format which can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book. The NAP catalogue includes 98 books on Children, Youth and Families. Here are four books from the catalogue:

cover4.phpSnow C.E, and Van Hemel, S.B, (2008): Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How
This book affirms that assessments can make crucial contributions to the improvement of children’s well-being, but only if they are well designed, implemented effectively, developed in the context of systematic planning, and are interpreted and used appropriately. Otherwise, assessment of children and programs can have negative consequences, especially children from economically disadvantaged homes and communities and children with special needs.

cover3.phpBoat, T and Warner, K.E, (2009): Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities  
Mental health and substance use disorders among children, youth, and young adults are major threats to the health and well-being of younger populations which often carry-over into adulthood. This book argues that greater effort is needed to prevent mental, emotional, and behavioural problems in young people, and highlights research which shows that many prevention programs work.

cover2.phpEngland, M.J, and Sim, L.J, (2009): Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children: Opportunities to Improve Identification, Treatment, and Prevention
Health and social service professionals who care for adults with depression should not only tackle their clients’ physical and mental health, but also detect and prevent possible spillover effects on their children. In making this case, this book highlights disparities in the prevalence, identification, treatment, and prevention of parental depression among different socio-demographic populations. It also outlines strategies for effective intervention and identifies the need for a more interdisciplinary approach that takes biological, psychological, behavioural, interpersonal, and social contexts into consideration.

cover.phpPetersen, A, Joseph, J and Feit, M,(2013): New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research 
This book from the Institute of Medicine reports that rates of physical and sexual abuse of children have declined over the last 20 years, but for reasons not fully understood. Yet, reports of psychological and emotional child abuse have risen in the same period, and data vary significantly as to whether child neglect is increasing, decreasing, or remaining constant.

These textbooks from The National Academies Press are of particular interest to students, academics and policy makers. The hard-cover versions cost in the region of $50-$60 each, so we are very fortunate to be able to download the PDF versions for free. I encourage academics and faculty to choose NAP and other free titles for their courses whenever possible, which saves students lots of money. 

Elsewhere on my blog, there is a separate page which lists other free textbooks of interest.

Parental mental health and families by SCIE

Parental mental health and families

The Parental mental health and families eLearning package from the UK’s Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) sets out all the key relationships, linkages and systems that need to be understood in parental mental health and families work. The materials look at the ways current organisational structures may not be working for families affected by parental mental ill health and what changes might be beneficial. In a unique move, the material asks the professionals to step into parents shoes to try and understand some of the difficulties and frustrations they may experience. This package comprises eight modules:

  1. Introducing the family model
  2. Think child, think parent and think family
  3. Working together with parents
  4. Working together with professionals
  5. Care planning and review
  6. Interventions
  7. Managing complexity and leading practice
  8. Communicating with families

Each module is about 20-30 minutes long. They include glossaries, references, transcripts, learning records and links to extra resources. Adobe Flash Player is required on your computer. The interactive modules provide accurate information in an engaging way, and the references and links to extra resources allow the learning to be extended far beyond the original module.
Link: www.scie.org.uk/publications/elearning/parentalmentalhealthandfamilies/index.asp
Use of this resource, and import of the resource into learning management systems, for educational purposes is freely permitted. A SCORM version is offered for free download and use in a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Seven e-learning resources from C4EO

The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in CYP Services (C4EO) have produced seven interactive e-learning resources that present the main findings from research, tailored specifically to support your role in achieving outcomes for children and young people.
You can choose the group on the home page that most suits your role, whether you are a strategic leader, a senior manager, information specialist or a frontline practitioner. The information is tailored to each group, with reflection points to help you evaluate your own practice or to discuss issues with your teams and partner agencies.
Seven topics are covered in a common format:
1. Child Poverty
2. Disability
3. Early Years
4. Families, Parents and Carers
5. Safeguarding
6. Schools and Communities
7. Vulnerable Children
These are comprehensive packages comprising audio and video clips, quizzes, tests and interactive UK maps, all backed-up by substantial links to references. They are aimed at an audience who already possess skills and knowledge in the field, and it would be easy to spend a day or more on each topic if all the references are followed.
It took me some time to get the hang of navigating via the five sub-divided tabs, but when I got there, I welcomed the provision of transcripts of the audio and video clips, and the checklist of issues at the end is a helpful form of self-assessment.
No log-in is required, and they are released under an Open Government Licence so text and graphics may be freely reproduced for the purposes of any personal or educational use or private research.