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From The CriticsReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book presents therapy options for various internalizing and externalizing disorders of children and adolescents. These treatments are evidence-based, shown to be effective through research studies. The first edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: According to the editors in the preface, "We want to convey in this book the broad sweep of the field, capturing well-established treatments and illustrating the strategies being used by clinical scientists as they build treatments and enrich the evidence base in diverse ways.
Audience: The book is designed for "clinical scientists, including those early in their careers launching programs on effective intervention; to clinical practitioners, including those seeking to broaden their array of skills in the best tested practices and those willing to partner with clinical scientists in testing and improving psychotherapies; to policymakers and payers, who need hard data to inform hard decisions about support for new services; and to parents and other caring adults, who seek to navigate a landscape populated with claims and counterclaims about treatment options for their children." I would add that graduate students in psychology, social work, and psychiatry would find this book useful. John Weisz is professor of psychology at Harvard University and President/CEO of the Judge Baker Children's Home. Alan Kazdin is professor of psychology and child psychiatry at Yale University and director of an outpatient clinic addressing the needs of children and families.
Features: The book begins with a discussion of ethical and developmental issues. The authors emphasize that addressing the developmental level of the child is foundational, along with knowing its effect as a mediator and moderator regarding efficacy. Next, the book next examines internalizing disorders and externalizing disorders. Chapters on internalizing disorders cover anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression. Treatments discussed for externalizing disorders are Parent Management Training (antisocial behavior), Incredible Years Parents, Teachers, and Children Training series (conduct disorder), problem-solving skills training, and anger control. The authors also focus on treatment for trauma, autism spectrum disorders, and substance use disorders. Finally, the book discusses evidence-based interventions with ethnic minority youths and in developing evidence-based systems within individual states. Numerous tables and figures are extremely helpful in clarifying the text, especially in light of the extensive research findings that are presented. The treatment chapters contain practical information, either in terms of session by session or specific techniques/strategies. Chapter 15, on anger control training for aggressive youths, is an example of how many of the chapters are organized, covering as it does the social-cognitive prevention model, characteristics of the treatment program and content of each session, research evidence, and overall evaluation of the program.
Assessment: This is excellent book covers both internalizing and externalizing disorders and problems. The authors do a good job of describing the various interventions, even providing information session by session. This second edition is justified with the additional topics, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance use disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder, and the increased emphasis on cross-cultural intervention.