Description: This installment of the Treatments That Work series focuses on the important area of working with adolescents presenting with panic and worry. As treatments continue to change, so must our understanding of the disease and how it presents in adolescence.
Purpose: The purpose of this book and series is to help both therapists and clients address the treatment of anxiety and panic in adolescents. It outlines the panic control treatment for adolescents (PCT-A) which is a specifically designed treatment based on cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. Both this therapist guide and the separate client workbook provide the foundation for a therapeutic alliance. The authors and contributors to this series are experts in their respective fields.
Audience: Clinicians who work with adolescents will benefit substantially from this book. Both seasoned and junior level clinicians in the mental health fields as well as graduate students will profit the most.
Features: This guide takes the reader step-by-step through the program and the principles of treatment. The optional parent component is designed to incorporate parents or caregivers more directly into the treatment of their adolescent and provide the necessary tools to cope with their panic. Psychoeducation is stressed, which is commendable, because quite often patients and their families receive so little in this area. The parent handouts and the panic disorder severity scale for adolescents are included in an invaluable appendix. The book is well-balanced, unbiased, and gives clinicians a solid box of tools. As with all of the books in this series, there is a systematic implementation of the program.
Assessment: Finally, we have a book that focuses on the treatment needs of adolescents with panic disorder that is grounded in empirical research.