Handbook of Psychological Treatment Protocols for Children and Adolescents

Handbook of Psychological Treatment Protocols for Children and Adolescents

Handbook of Psychological Treatment Protocols for Children and Adolescents

Handbook of Psychological Treatment Protocols for Children and Adolescents

Synopsis

In the last decade, mental health professionals have been under mounting pressure to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of their treatment choices and practices. Progress has been made, related in part to improvements and refinements in diagnostic classifications that are increasingly empirically determined and behaviorally based. Historically, however, research on the treatment of children and adolescents has lagged behind research on the treatment of adults. The growing realization that early intervention can prevent serious psychological dysfunction in adulthood has stimulated much more interest and attention in recent years, and a number of innovative and efficacious treatment strategies have been developed.

But most of these are not widely known outside the contexts of the major research programs in which they originated and were tested. Complete protocols have rarely been disseminated or replicated; descriptions are typically embedded in the "methods" sections of journal articles or briefly given in chapters of volumes addressing a diversity of problems.

The Handbook of Psychological Treatment Protocols for Children and Adolescentsis the first attempt to bridge this gap between clinical research and practice. Drawing together systematic, empirically-based guidelines for accountable clinical work with children and adolescents with varying presenting problems, it is a compendium of state-of-the-art treatment manuals. Specific instructions and relevant case illustrations facilitate the practitioner's efforts to replicate the approaches.

The Handbookwill be welcomed by a wide range of mental health professionals and their students.

Excerpt

Over the past 10 years, increasingly greater attention has been paid to the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent disorders. This upsurge of activity on both research and clinical fronts is related, in part, to improvements and refinements in diagnostic classifications that are increasingly empirically determined and behaviorally based, and, in part, to the growing realization of the need for heuristic interventions with these populations in order to prevent serious psychological dysfunction in adulthood. However, although innovative and efficacious treatment strategies now exist for these populations, most have been designed and implemented in the context of major research programs or funded research centers targeting childhood disorders, and complete protocols are rarely disseminated or replicated. Moreover, when descriptions are provided, they are typically embedded in the "Methods" section of journal articles or briefly covered within a book chapter.

The Handbook of Psychological Treatment Protocols for Children and Adolescents is an attempt to bridge the gap between clinical research and practice. the book is a compendium of current, state-of-the-art treatment manuals designed to facilitate the application of the various treatment methods in clinical contexts. It provides specific instructions on the utilization of approaches combined with relevant case illustrations.

The Handbook is divided into three parts. Part I, Introduction, includes a chapter by Ron Acierno and the editors on basic contemporary issues of accountability in treatment. Part ii, Treatment of Childhood Disorders and Problems, and Part iii, Treatment of Adolescent Disorders and Problems, include 15 detailed treatment manuals for use with a large variety of problems presented by children and adolescents both as outpatients and inpatients. Our goal for each chapter is to provide the reader with sufficient information so that the respective approaches can be replicated. We anticipate considerable interest in this volume from a wide range of mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, child development specialists, family counselors, social workers, and their graduate students.

Many individuals have devoted their time and effort to this project. First, we thank our eminent contributors for providing their treatment manuals for publication. Second, we thank Burt G. Bolton for his technical assistance. Finally, we thank Judith Amsel, our friend and editor at Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, for her assistance throughout all phases of this project.

--Vincent B. Van Hasselt --Michel Hersen . . .

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