Description: This client workbook to accompany the Mastery of Anxiety and Panic for Adolescents: Riding the Wave Therapist Guide, by the same authors (Oxford University Press, 2008), focuses on working with adolescents presenting with panic and worry. This easy-to-use workbook strongly reflects the mindset of the adolescent. Therapists and clients alike will find this to be a good fit.
Purpose: The purpose of this workbook and the series is to help both therapists and clients address the treatment of anxiety and panic in adolescents. It follows along with the therapist guide which outlines the panic control treatment for adolescents (PCT-A) which is a specifically designed treatment based on CBT and exposure therapy. This client workbook provides the foundation for a therapeutic alliance.
Audience: Clinicians who work with adolescents will benefit substantially from this book. Clients will enjoy the exercises which have been carefully thought out for them and should maintain their interest throughout the 12-week program.
Features: The workbook complements the therapist guide and takes the adolescent step-by-step through the program and the principles of treatment. The homework assignments emphasize recording one's panic attacks with the provided weekly records, situational exposure records, and my cycle of panic and anxiety. A thoughtful discussion on how to deal with relapse and setbacks is well written and customized for the anxious adolescent. Another standout section is on how to deal with anxious feelings.
Assessment: This workbook will benefit both families and adolescents. It is a welcome addition to a field where adult-based treatment books tend to be the norm.