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Free Publications for
Mental Health Workers

Natalia J. Garland

If you want to build up your workplace or personal library, there are organizations that offer free professional literature. I have selected some of these organizations for your perusal, and I have listed some of the materials which seem especially important. I chose to focus on organizations that offer hard copies. I did include a few online H.T.M.L. versions of important material which was not otherwise available. Most of the items on my lists were published within the past 10 years. Here we go.

If you work with children and families, the Annie E. Casey Foundation offers information on families, children, and communities. They will send you their free journal, Advocasey: "Documenting Programs that Work for Kids & Families."

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children will send you up to 50 free copies of pamphlets on the following topics. (These publications would be appropriate for teachers and parents, as well as counsellors.)

  • Abduction
  • General Information
  • Internet Safety
  • Just in Case - Series
  • Know the Rules - Series
  • Safety Information
  • Sexual Exploitation

The National Child Protection Clearing House offers a free newsletter, the Child Abuse Prevention Newsletter. This is published twice annually by the Australian Institute of Family Services.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers a free annual anthology on various health programs which it funds. Some of the chapter titles are as follows.

  • AIDS
  • Alcohol and work
  • Health of Native Americans
  • Interfaith volunteer caregiving
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Recovery High School
  • Tobacco policy
  • Understand the context of social change

The National Clearing House on Child Abuse and Neglect Information offers several free titles. Some examples are as follows.

  • A Call To Action: Ending Crimes of Violence Against Children and Adults with Disabilities
  • Decision-Making in Unsubstantiated Child Protective Services: A Synthesis of Recent Research
  • Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms
  • School-Based Child Maltreatment Programs: Synthesis of Lessons Learned
  • What Everyone Can Do To Prevent Child Abuse
  • What Kinds of Prevention Programs Currently Exist?

If you would like some mental health information suitable for clients and their families to read, NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) offers several free booklets. Some of the titles are as follows.

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Medications
  • Men and Depresion
  • Schizophrenia

One of the largest clearinghouses is SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Due to the enormous amount of material, I found the website cumbersome to navigate. I made my selections by sending for their catalog. You can order via their toll-free number or by mail. It seems there will always be some items out of stock. Here are some examples of the titles which were available when I ordered.

  • Annotated Bibliography for Managed Behavioral Health Care
  • Confidentiality and the Appropriate Uses of Data
  • Double Jeopardy: Persons with Mental Illnesses in the Criminal Justice System
  • The Journey of Native American People with Serious Mental Illness
  • National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action
  • Psychiatric Crisis Response Systems: A Descriptive Study

If you work in the area of addictions, NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) offers a free bi-monthly newsletter, NIDA NOTES. You can also order other material, and the NIDA website will direct you to the NCADI (National Clearing House for Alcohol and Drug Information) website to process your order. While at NCADI, you can also find more material. Here are some examples of titles from both websites.

  • A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction
  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse
  • Early Action Against Teen Drug Use (A Unit for High School Educators)
  • Religious Beliefs and Substance Use among Youths (The NSDUH Report)
  • Research on Club Drugs
  • Research on Marijuana

The NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction) website offers a free newsletter, Alcohol Alert. You can also order a limit of three free back issues.

If you are a teacher or school counsellor, you might be interested in free publications on college campus substance abuse problems and solutions at the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention. Some of the titles are as follows.

  • Acquaintance Rape Guide
  • Excessive Drinking on America's College Campuses: A Report from Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
  • Substance Free Residence Halls
  • Understanding Evaluation: The Way to Better Prevention Programs.

If you want to study civil rights issues, the United States Commission on Civil Rights offers a free journal, Civil Rights Journal. You can order back issues as available. They also offer other publications, and here are some examples of their titles.

  • A Bridge to One America: The Civil Rights Performance of the Clinton Administration
  • A Quiet Crisis: Federal Funding and Unmet Needs in Indian Country
  • Equal Educational Opportunity and Non-discrimination for Girls in Advanced Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education: Federal Enforcement of Title IX
  • Religion in the Constitution: A Delicate Balance (this was published in 1983 but it remains a significant work)

Now, if you have a printer and a lot of paper, here are some e-books you can print out. The Media Campaign offers some interesting information on Substance Abuse in Popular Music Videos, Substance Abuse in Popular Prime-Time Television, and Substance Abuse in Popular Movies and Music. If you would like a handbook on working with sexually abused children, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a printable document on Child Sexual Abuse: Intervention and Treatment Issues. If you want to learn about violent kids, you can print out a free copy of The Scarred Heart at the website. If you would like to do some reading on self-help, you can print out an e-book at the Psychological Self-Help website. If you need to improve your study skills, you can print out an e-book at the Study Guides and Strategies website.

The Future of Children website offers an online journal also entitled The Future of Children. This publication used to be offered for free in print, and it is too bad they discontinued it because it was a very nice journal. Although there are many online magazines, this is the only one I included because the subject matter is crucial. I think the lesson to be learned is this: order your items now while they are available in print and for free.

All of the above listed titles are items which I ordered. I have not yet read everything, but by browsing through each item I can see that they will all be useful to me. There are other titles available for you to choose from according to your needs or interests. (Written 05/03/04)

Until we meet again..............stay sane.

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