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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Treatments for children have often lagged behind those for adults, and this is especially true in mental health. Rather than inappropriately using the same adult treatments on children, this book provides a review of the literature on treatments for various diseases and disorders specific to children and adolescents.
Purpose: It specifically focuses on therapies for children and adolescents with strong empirical support and is intended to deliver a thorough review and discussion of their uses in a wide range of diagnoses.
Audience: Clinical psychologists are an obvious target for this book, but child psychiatrists and other mental health professionals will also find it relevant to their work. The authors show prominent scholarly productivity in this area and represent a combination of rising talent and well established faculty.
Features: The first section is an overview of the evidence-based conceptualization. The authors discuss important issues, such as methodological concepts that are germane, benefits and criticisms of these rigidly applied studies, and ways to bridge from the sterile science to the untidiness of actual human beings in clinical treatment. As readers move into the chapters on specific disorders, there are very nice summaries of the various treatments and citations for the associated empirical studies. There are also reviews of the literature as it applies to each approach. The chapters end with clinical vignettes and case examples, sometimes with useful sample dialogues. The book does not stop with the typical childhood psychological disorders, but also includes chapters on medical conditions, such as chronic pain or cancer. The last section deals with secondary but important practical issues, such as the use of evidence-based practices with culturally diverse patients, ethical guidelines, and ways of disseminating research findings to clinical practice. On the one hand, the figures and tables are outstanding, but there are far too few of these forcing the reader to wade through pages of text. On the other hand, the references are abundant, relatable, and current, which is the more critical consideration.
Assessment: From basic methodological concepts to the treatment of psychological and medical conditions to the dissemination of clinical research, this book provides a superb resource for clinicians working with children. Evidence-based treatments are considered the pinnacle of psychological care and mental health practitioners would be injudicious to forego such an accomplished book.