Handbook of Evidence-Based Therapies for Children and Adolescents: Bridging Science and Practice / Edition 1

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Growing numbers of young people-some ten to twenty percent of school-age populations-have mental health problems requiring intervention. And current policy initiatives identify evidence-based therapies (EBTs) as the most effective and relevant forms of treatment. The Handbook of Evidence-Based Therapies for Children and Adolescents helps bridge the gap between children's needs and services, and between research, training, and practice as well, by reviewing EBTs across a wide spectrum of conditions.

Several EBT options, both proven and promising, are offered for each covered disorder, bolstered by case examples, tables, and reference lists. Features include chapters on implementation issues such as diversity, family treatment, assessment strategies, and community settings. In addition, step-by-step guidance is provided for researchers seeking to gather empirical support for therapies.

With contributions from leading professionals, the Handbook covers the broadest range of disorders over the widest pediatric-adolescent age range, including: Behavioral disorders, ADHD, aggression, bullying, Phobias, panic disorders, school refusal, and anxiety, Autism and pervasive developmental disorders, Depression, mood disorders, and suicidal behavior, Alcohol and drug abuse, Eating disorders and obesity, PTSD.

The comprehensive coverage in the Handbook makes it invaluable to clinical child, school, and counseling psychologists; clinical social workers; and child psychiatrists. As a textbook for advanced clinical and counseling psychology programs, and a solid reference for the researcher in child/adolescent mental health, its emphasis on flexibility and attention to emerging issues will helpreaders meet ongoing challenges and advance the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441944696
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Series: Issues in Clinical Child Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 586
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ric G. Steele, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas, in the Clinical Child Psychology Program. He earned his doctorate from the University of Georgia in clinical psychology, with a specialization in clinical child psychology, completed a clinical internship at the University of Tennessee (Memphis) Professional Psychology Internship Consortium, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, TN). Dr. Steele is an associate editor for the Journal of Child and Family Studies, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. He has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, and recently co-edited the Handbook of Mental Health Services for Children, Adolescents, and Families. Dr. Steele's research is concerned with the promotion of physical and mental health across a continuum of health risk categories including healthy children, children at risk for disease, and children with diagnosed medical conditions.

T. David Elkin, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and is the Director of the Clinical Psychology Residency and Post Doctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis, and completed a clinical internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, specializing in pediatric psychology. He then completed a post doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Elkin is a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Children’s Health Care, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and is interested in children diagnosed with medical conditions, childhood depression, and perceptions of risk in research participants.

Michael C. Roberts, Ph.D., ABPP, is Director of the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas. He graduated from Purdue University in clinical psychology with a specialization in clinical child psychology and interned at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has served as editor for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Children’s Health Care, and Children’s Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice. He has authored and co-edited 16 books, including Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology, Handbook of Pediatric Psychology, Model Programs in Service Delivery in Child and Family Mental Health, Prevention of Problems in Childhood, Helping Children Cope with Disasters and Terrorism, Handbook of Research Methods in Clinical Psychology, and most recently, the Handbook of Mental Health Services for Children, Adolescents, and Families. Dr. Roberts has published close to 200 journal articles and book chapters. He currently is PI on a grant to evaluate an innovative intensive mental health program for children who are serious emotionally disturbed in public schools. His research interests have been focused on prevention, especially injury control, professional issues, psychotherapeutic outcomes research and program evaluation in clinical child and pediatric psychology. He has been president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the APA Section on Clinical Child Psychology, and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology, and serves as a representative to the APA Council of Representatives.

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Table of Contents

Section I: Establishing the Need and Criteria for Evidence-based Therapies.- Evidence-based Therapies for Children and Adolescents: Problems and Prospects.- Empirically Supported Treatments and Evidence-based Practice for Children and Adolescents.- Methodological Issues in the Evaluation of Therapies.- Evidence-based Therapies: Translating Research into Practice.- Section II: Evidence-based Therapies for Specific Disorders or Conditions.- Psychosocial Treatments for Phobic and Anxiety Disorders in Youth.- Panic Disorder in Adolescents.- Evidence-based Treatment of Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.- Interventions for Posttraumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents Following Natural Disasters and Acts of Terrorism.- Mood Disorders in Childhood.- Empirically Supported Psychotherapies for Adolescent Depression and Mood Disorders.- Evidence-based Therapies for Adolescent Suicidal Behavior.- Evidence-based Treatments for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).- Evidence-based Therapies for Oppositional Behavior in Young Children.- Treating Conduct Problems, Aggression, and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents: An Integrated View.- Components of Evidence-based Interventions for Bullying and Peer Victimization.- Pain and Pain Management.- Evidence-based Treatments for Children with Chronic Illnesses.- Evidence-based Therapies for Enuresis and Encopresis.- Evidence-based Therapies for Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders.- Evidence-based Therapies for Pediatric Overweight.- Evidence-based Therapies for Autistic Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.- Evidence-based Treatment for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance.- Evidence-based Approaches to Social Skills Training with Children and Adolescents.- Evidence-based Treatments for Adolescent Substance Use Disorders.- Section III: Implementation Issues.- Dissemination of Evidence-based Manualized Treatments for Children and Families in Practice Settings.- Client, Therapist, and Treatment Characteristics in EBT’s for Children and Adolescents.- Implementing Evidence-based Treatments with Ethnically Diverse Clients.- Evidence-based Therapy and Ethical Practice.- Adoption of Evidence-based Treatments (EBTs) in Community Settings: Obstacles and Opportunities.- Evidence-based Assessment for Children and Adolescents.- Graduate Training in Evidence-based Practice in Psychology.- Emerging Issues in the Continuing Evolution of Evidence-based Practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2009

    Great Reference For Students

    This book is a great source for understanding treatments that have empirical support.

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