Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Adolescents with PTSD Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences, Therapist Guide

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This program is specifically intended for adolescents suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. Clients are exposed to safe but anxiety-provoking situations as a way of overcoming their trauma-related fears. Recounting the memory of the trauma also helps clients emotionally process their traumatic experiences in order to diminish PTSD symptoms. The workbook is designed for adolescent use and includes teen-friendly forms to reinforce the skills learned in therapy.

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Effective treatments for PTSD have been scarce, but there is promise with prolonged exposure therapy (PE). Although it is being incorporated into adult populations, especially in the military, there is relatively little literature focusing on its use in adolescents. This book, from the Programs That Work series, bridges that chasm.
Purpose: The main purpose of this book is to introduce CBT therapists who are already familiar with PE therapy to its use in adolescents.
Audience: Mental health professionals, particularly psychologists, are the target audience. Students in graduate psychology programs will also find this of benefit as they expand their therapy knowledge. The editors are leading experts in this area and were involved in the development of PE therapy.
Features: The first chapter begins with a description of the state of the science related to CBT as a treatment for PTSD, as well as studies specific to PE therapy in this clinical population. This is followed by a description of the adaptations made to PE therapy for adolescents and issues involved in treatment with adolescents. There is an optional module on motivational interviewing, but it assumes familiarity with this approach. Logistical considerations are covered, such as parental involvement, confidentiality, suicide risk, crisis coping plan, and the treatment schedule. Chapters on the modules of PE therapy include sample scripts, questions, and suggestions for real-life experiments. While these are certainly helpful, they are not very detailed and assume familiarity with PE therapy. Appendixes add stories, cards, and parent handouts. Although the accompanying workbook was not available for review, the workbooks in this series have generally been very helpful. There is no index and the references could be more current, but they are sufficient.
Assessment: For readers with a background in CBT and PE therapy, this is a quick reference that guides them in the adaptation of PE therapy for PTSD to an adolescent population. It is a worthwhile purchase along with the workbook, but will not be helpful for therapists wanting to learn PE therapy.
From the Publisher
"This is a well developed, thorough protocol for the treatment of PTSD in adolescent victims of trauma...As expected from these authors, the program is well grounded in empirically supported methods of trauma exposure...The manual is developmentally sensitive and provides guidance for the therapist in working with adolescents. There are excellent handouts and case examples throughout the manual." —Anne Marie Albano, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute

"For readers with a background in CBT and PE therapy, this is a quick reference that guides them in the adaptation of PE therapy for PTSD to an adolescent population. It is a worthwhile purchase along with the workbook, but will not be helpful for therapists wanting to learn PE therapy."—Doody's Health Sciences Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195331745
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/22/2008
  • Series: Treatments That Work Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 349,370
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introductory Information for Therapists 1 Chapter 2 Assessment and Special Considerations in Treating Adolescent Trauma Survivors 29 Phase I Pre-Treatment Preparation Chapter 3 Motivational Interview Module (optional) 43 Chapter 4 Case Management Module 51 Phase II Psychoeducation and Treatment Planning; the Beginning of Treatment Chapter 5 Treatment Rationale Module 67 Chapter 6 Gathering Information Module 75 Chapter 7 Common Reactions to Trauma Module 81 Phase III Exposures Chapter 8 Real-Life Experiments Module 97 Chapter 9 Recounting the Memory Module 123 Chapter 10 Worst Moments Module 141 Phase IV Relapse Prevention and Treatment Termination Chapter 11 Relapse Prevention Module 151 Chapter 12 Final Session Module 159 Chapter 13 Tailoring Treatment to the Individual 163 Crisis Coping Plan 175 Trauma Interview Form 176 Parent Handouts 179 Additional Materials: Stories and Cards 189 References 197 About the Authors 205
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