Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents, First Ed: The Nuts and Bolts / Edition 1

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This lively, practical book offers a complete guide to doing cognitive therapy with children and adolescents. Within a clear theoretical fra mework, the authors describe how to adapt cognitive therapy principles and procedures to the unique needs of distressed children and their p arents. The book starts with the fundamentals, demonstrating a clear-c ut yet flexible approach to case conceptualization and treatment plann ing. Detailed guidelines are then presented to help the clinician intr oduce cognitive therapy to children and families; identify problems, f eelings, and thoughts; craft Socratic dialogues; design homework assig nments; and implement a range of traditional and creative intervention s. Concluding chapters focus explicitly on techniques for managing dep ression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior in youth. Devoting special a ttention to cultural diversity issues, the book is filled with illustr ative case examples and session vignettes. Included are over a dozen u seful reproducible worksheets and forms.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The best text I have read on cognitive work with children and adolescents. Unlike the oversimplified perspective presented in some other writing on this intervention approach, this book places cognitive work in developmental and transactional contexts. In doing so, Friedberg and McClure show great respect and understanding for the complexity of clients' lives. Their theoretically sophisticated case studies convey the nuts and bolts of cognitive work in ways that will help both new and experienced clinicians. I was particularly pleased by the authors' embedding of cognitive interventions in developmentally sensitive play and storytelling scenarios."--Douglas D. Davies, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Michigan

"This book expertly fills a void in the literature. It provides clinicians with an in-depth, state-of-the-art approach for linking specific cases with specific cognitive treatments, and does so for a variety of clinical populations. A developmental and multicultural orientation enhances the text as well, making it a 'must have' for practitioners working with youth with behavior disorders. The book's focus on case conceptualization and the 'nuts and bolts' of cognitive therapy also makes it an excellent resource for child psychopathology courses."--Christopher A. Kearney, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"This book offers a developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive application of the cognitive model to a wide range of child and adolescent problems and situations. From the fundamentals of case conceptualization and session structure to the more advanced topics of treatment planning and implementation, Friedberg and McClure provide a comprehensive and empirically based guide to the treatment of depressed, anxious, and disruptive children and adolescents. Richly infused with case examples, treatment protocols, and creative applications, this outstanding volume goes a long way to bridge a gap in the clinical literature by extending and adapting cognitive therapy principles and procedures (originally developed for the treatment of adults) to the treatment of children and adolescents. It represents a significant contribution to the field of cognitive therapy, and will be an important text for courses on child and adolescent therapy, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and/or school counseling. Filled with practical information, the book will also be an invaluable resource for clinical supervisors involved in the training of therapists in practicum and clinical settings."--William J. Lyddon, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi; Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy

"At last! Friedberg and McClure bring clinicians into their offices and show in detail how cognitive therapy can be done with children and adolescents. Graduate students and therapists in training will devour every page to learn how and when to use both standard and innovative cognitive therapy interventions. As an experienced clinician, I appreciate that each treatment chapter introduces creative interventions that are new to me. Included are detailed descriptions of each intervention, session transcripts, and client worksheets, which will help me quickly add the new techniques and procedures to my repertoire of favored interventions. In addition, useful flow charts guide therapists in choosing among the variety of methods taught, depending on treatment goals and client needs. This book is leaping to the top of my list of recommendations for therapists wanting to improve the cognitive therapy they offer children and adolescents."--Christine A. Padesky, PhD, coauthor of Mind Over Mood; Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Huntington Beach, California

From The Critics
Taking into account developmental issues and working with parents, this guide applies Aaron T. Beck's clinical system of cognitive therapy based on social learning theory to younger clients. Cognitive therapists Friedberg and McClure (both at Wright State U. School of Professional Psychology) present commonly used cognitive/behavioral techniques and child-friendly treatment strategies tailored to depressed, anxious, and aggressive youth. They include case examples and sample worksheets. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572307230
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 703,484
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, is Associate Professor, Director of the Predoctoral Internship Program, and Director of the Preventing Anxiety and Depression in Youth Program (PANDY) at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Friedberg is the author of three other books on children and adolescents. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and delivered presentations on cognitive therapy with children and adolescents to professional audiences. Dr. Friedberg is a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Jessica M. McClure, PsyD, works as a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. Dr. McClure has coauthored presentations and articles on the treatment of children and adolescents and currently serves children and adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, behavior problems, and developmental delays.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Case Conceptualization
Chapter 3. Collaborative Empiricism and Guided Discovery
Chapter 4. Session Structure
Chapter 5. Introducing the Treatment Model and Identifying Problems
Chapter 6. Identifying and Connecting Feelings and Thoughts
Chapter 7. Therapeutic Socratic Dialogues
Chapter 8. Commonly Used Cognitive and Behavioral Techniques
Chapter 9. Creative Applications of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Chapter 10. Homework
Chapter 11. Working with Depressed Children and Adolescents
Chapter 12. Working with Anxious Children and Adolescents
Chapter 13. Working with Disruptive Children and Adolescents
Chapter 14. Working with Parents
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