Child Anxiety Disorders: A Family-Based Treatment Manual for Practitioners

Overview

With over 10% of all children meeting the criteria for an anxiety disorder, these disorders are among the most common psychiatric problems experienced by schoolage kids, and can significantly interfere with their family and peer relationships and their performance at school.
Ranging from mild and transient to severe and intractable, high levels of anxiety in children can lead to avoiding school, not participating in class, shying away from peer groups, worrying persistently, or ...

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Overview

With over 10% of all children meeting the criteria for an anxiety disorder, these disorders are among the most common psychiatric problems experienced by schoolage kids, and can significantly interfere with their family and peer relationships and their performance at school.
Ranging from mild and transient to severe and intractable, high levels of anxiety in children can lead to avoiding school, not participating in class, shying away from peer groups, worrying persistently, or even experiencing phobias and acute separation anxiety from parents. Despite the prevalence, effective, evidence-based therapeutic strategies for helping children overcome anxiety have been lacking, leaving psychologists, school counselors, and other child mental health professionals to rely on more generalized CBT and individual therapy approaches that don’t necessarily target the problems at issue. In Child Anxiety Disorders, Wood and McLeod present a clinically-proven treatment protocol based on a collaborative, family-based intervention approach—one that has seen remission rates of 80% in children. Incorporating family therapy strategies and targeted CBT techniques, the authors lay out session-by-session guidelines for implementing the protocol, offering all those who work with and counsel children a hands-on toolkit to effectively resolve childhood anxiety, whether generalized or severe in nature. Preliminary chapters cover anxiety typologies, screening and assessment techniques, family and genetic influences, the nature of evidence-based practices, and other clinical considerations, such as pharmacotherapy. The second part of the book, the treatment manual, presents the 15-session protocol, including optional family therapy modules to strengthen family interactions, and worksheets and handouts to be used in and out of the therapy room.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705409
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 991,903
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryce D. McLeod, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jeffrey J. Wood, Ph.D., is a licensed child psychologist and Assistant Professor at UCLA’s Division of Psychological Studies in Education. His research on childhood anxiety has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Early Career Award of the American Educational Research Association’s Counseling and Human Development Division.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Preface     xi
Clinical Background
Clinical Features of Anxiety Disorders in Children     3
Causes of Childhood Anxiety: Family and Genetic Influences     33
Evidence-Based Practices and Clinical Considerations     47
Treatment Manual
Building Confidence: A Family-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention     71
Intake: Anxiety Assessment     77
Functional Analysis and Rapport Building     83
KICK Plan: K Step, Know When You're Nervous     95
KICK Plan: I Step, Identify Icky Thoughts and Encourage Independence     121
KICK Plan: C Step, Calm Your Thoughts     137
Develop the Exposure Hierarchy     155
KICK Plan: Second K Step, Keep Practicing/Rewards     167
Exposure Therapy     183
Optional Family Therapy Module A: Family Problem Solving     199
Optional Family Therapy Module B: Finding New Roles     205
Optional Family Therapy Module C: Talk Time     211
Optional Session: Playdate/Friendship     217
Final Session: Termination     227
Appendix     235
References     249
Index     265

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