Helping Parents Solve Their Children's Behavior Problems / Edition 1

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Parents are the most important people in their children's lives. Yet their potential as agents of behavioral change has barely been tapped. A growing body of evidence supports the cost-effective contention that parents can be trained to participate in resolving their children's behavior problems by applying individualized techniques based on learning principles. Behavioral counseling is the name of the process that takes up the popular "minimax" challenge–to bring about maximal change with a minimal expenditure of professional energies. Drs. Schaefer and Eisen, experienced proponents of the process, have selected practical articles from the professional literature to help therapists help parents cope with common problems such as: nightmares, separation anxiety, disruptive behaviors, habit disorders (thumbsucking, bedwetting), dawdling, sibling rivalry, noncompliance. Behavioral counseling–short-term, squarely focused, empirically sound–is becoming the ally of choice in every mental health professional's race to make substantial gains before the client's insurance runs out. Helping Parents Solve Their Children's Behavior Problems is the comprehensive resource that will make the co-therapeutic partnership work.

Drs. Schaefer and Eisen have selected practical articles from the professional literature to help therapists help parents cope with such common problems as nightmares, separation anxiety, disruptive behavior, sibling rivalry, dawdling, and noncompliance.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkland C. Vaughans
Schaefer and Eisen offer a comprehensive perspective on parent-child therapy and provide us with appropriate developmental interventions, completing the circle ninety years after Freud's treatment of Little Hans through his father. This is an extremely valuable resource for mental health professionals who want to empower parents—so often disenfranchised by well-intentioned child care systems—in the healing process.
Risë VanFleet
The use of parents as change agents for their children's behavior is an idea whose time has come: it's both effective and efficient. Helping Parents Solve Their Children's Behavior Problems is an immensely rich source of tested and practical treatment methods for use by clinicians and educators addressing significant child problems with diminishing resources. The abundant case material, detailed descriptions of techniques for applying behavior counseling to a very wide range of common challenges, and outcome information make this a valuable guide for anyone working with children and families.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765701480
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Child Therapy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Schaefer, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and director of its Center for Psychological Services in Hackensack, New Jersey. Andrew R. Eisen, Ph.D., is associate professor of clinical psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and director of its Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic.

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Table of Contents

1 An Interview Guide for Counseling Parents 3
2 A Single Interview 15
3 Night Terrors 23
4 Night Fears 33
5 General Fears 39
6 A Systematic Approach to Separation Anxiety Disorder 67
7 "Errorless" Elimination of Separation Anxiety 73
8 Shyness 79
9 School Phobia 91
10 Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors 101
11 Depression 117
12 Toilet Training 129
13 Bedwetting 141
14 Retentive Encopresis 155
15 Parent-Administered Behavior Therapy for Inappropriate Urination and Encopresis 167
16 The Habit-Reversal Method of Eliminating Nervous Habits and Tics 173
17 Self-Monitoring and Self-Administered Overcorrection for the Modification of Nervous Tics 187
18 Parent-Modified Thumbsucking 195
19 Habit-Reversal Treatment of Thumbsucking 199
20 Chronic Nailbiting 207
21 Hair Pulling 217
22 Excessive Scratching 227
23 Crying and Colic 239
24 Operant Crying 249
25 Multiple Childhood Sleep Disorders 259
26 Pediatric Insomnia 271
27 Morning Dawdling 277
28 Enhancing Children's Ability to Cope with Anger 293
29 Treatment of Temper Tantrums 305
30 Modifying Parent Responses to Their Children's Noncompliance 311
31 The Marking Time-out Procedure for Disruptive Behavior 325
32 How to Deal with Manipulative Children 329
33 Compulsive Stealing 333
34 Swearing 349
35 Firesetting 355
36 Sibling Rivalry 363
37 Modification of Deviant Sibling Interactions 371
38 Social Behavior Problems 383
Credits 397
Index 403
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