Description: The book discusses child and adolescent therapy from a cognitive-behavioral framework, addresses various types of difficulties, and provides practical treatment solutions. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The focus is on "what works in helping young clients overcome emotional and behavioral difficulties and get back on a healthy developmental track."
Audience: The audience is described as "child/adolescent clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatrists" and the book is described as "an invaluable text for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses." The editor is a professor of psychology at Temple University who has over 35 years of experience as a researcher, scholar, and clinician.
Features: An introduction to theory and how it relates to behavioral change begins the book. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) includes both internal and external events and emphasizes the learning process, along with the centrality of the individual's mediational and emotional experiences. The book addresses externalizing disorders such as aggression, anger management, and ADHD as well as internalizing disorders, specifically anxiety, depression, and suicidal behavior. There is additional discussion of individuals experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and trauma. The book looks at evidence-based practice and modular treatment for developing flowcharts to suit specific contexts and/or problems. The book ends with a discussion of concerns about evidence-based treatments and the importance of focusing on the turbulent period of adolescence. The tables and figures are very informative. It is easy to read and contains clinical vignettes that are helpful in seeing how the therapy is applied.
Assessment: This book covers the most common problems that clinicians will see in their practices. It is easy to read and practical with helpful vignettes that demonstrate how the therapy is applied. The editor is one of the movers and shakers in CBT today. This is a valuable resource for both novice and experienced therapists. This fourth edition has updated chapters and covers new material, such as DBT and mindfulness-based interventions.