Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents: The Nuts and Bolts

Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents: The Nuts and Bolts

Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents: The Nuts and Bolts

Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents: The Nuts and Bolts

Synopsis

This lively, practical book offers a complete guide to doing cognitive therapy with children and adolescents. Within a clear theoretical framework, the authors describe how to adapt cognitive therapy principles and procedures to the unique needs of distressed children and their parents. The book starts with the fundamentals, demonstrating a clear-cut yet flexible approach to case conceptualization and treatment planning. Detailed guidelines are then presented to help the clinician introduce cognitive therapy to children and families; identify problems, feelings, and thoughts; craft Socratic dialogues; design homework assignments; and implement a range of traditional and creative interventions. Concluding chapters focus explicitly on techniques for managing depression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior in youth. Devoting special attention to cultural diversity issues, the book is filled with illustrative case examples and session vignettes. Included are over a dozen useful reproducible worksheets and forms.Note about Photocopy Rights: The Publisher grants to individual purchasers of this book nonassignable permission to reproduce selected figures in this book for professional use. For details and limitations, see copyright page.

Excerpt

When we began writing this book, we thought about “How do we begin?” As cognitive therapists, we found it natural to begin with a series of questions to introduce the purpose of the book, its content, and its format, as well as ourselves to you.

WHO ARE WE?

We are cognitive therapists at different stages in our careers. Robert Friedberg is a clinical psychologist who is in the middle stages of his career, while Jessica McClure is beginning her professional career. Dr. Friedberg has worked with children and their families in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings. His work is fundamentally shaped by the writings of Aaron Beck and Martin Seligman, as well as by his mentors Christine Padesky and Raymond Fidaleo. Dr. McClure has had clinical experience with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, pediatric medical centers, outpatient clinics, and innovative prevention programs.

We began writing this text together when Dr. McClure trained under Dr. Friedberg's supervision in the Preventing Anxiety and Depression in Youth program at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. We thought that a book written by two psychologists at different points in their careers would speak to professionals with different levels of experience.

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