Mending Wounded Minds
Seeking Help For a Mentally Ill Child
by Beth Henry with Dr. Vincent L. Pastore
When Beth married Mark, a divorced father of two troubled boys, she expected some minor blips on the child raising scene. However, she learned raising a child eventually deemed psychotic, schizophrenic and homicidal was like living with a time bomb. Explosions were inevitable, but she never knew when and where the sparks would fly. Beth promised herself one thing when she and Mark were granted full custody of the boys: She would do everything in her power to help her stepsons.
This chilling true story details the six-year descent into madness of four-year-old Tommy and the serious emotional disturbance of three-year-old Bobby. In desperately seeking help for them, Beth becomes their advocate, creating an all-important teamwork approach between herself and therapists, social workers and psychiatrists.
Later in the book, the author shares with readers how to become a positive advocate for a mentally ill child. Using real-life examples and positively focused, proven methods, this manual/guide bridges the gap that often exists between those in the mental health professions and anxious, worried parents.
Beth Henry has researched mental illness and interviewed mental health professionals for many years. In conjunction with a mental healthcare facility, she trains other parents in her advocacy methods and is forming a nationwide advocacy group and web site. She has published articles in mental health journals and is a member of the Cabarrus Center Community Council. A CFO and VP of Marketing for an interactive company, she resides in Concord, North Carolina with her family.
Dr. Vincent L. Pastore is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice specializing in children and adolescents in Mooresville, North Carolina. He is the Children and Youth Coordinator of Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare: Cabarrus Center, a Clinical Member of the North Carolina Association for the Management and Treatment of Sexual Offenders and co-founder and president of the North Carolina Association of Sandplay Therapists. He earned his degree from United States International University.
A New Horizon Press Release
6 x 9, 224 pages
LC #2003105902 world rights
ISBN: 0-88282-242-X (pb), $15.95