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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This is a casebook for therapists working with children and families. The authors present a family-centered approach to working with children and adolescents who are prone to explosive outbursts.
Purpose: The authors state that the premise of their book is that children and adolescents with explosive episodes are lacking cognitive skills in the domains of frustration tolerance, problem solving and/or adaptability. Parents who are able to view the difficulties in this paradigm, rather than viewing the behavior as willful and intentional, are better able to communicate with their children and help build these skills, minimizing these outbursts.
Audience: This book is written for clinicians who work with children and adolescents and their families. The authors provide many detailed and informative examples for the clinician, ably demonstrating their experience and mastery of the area.
Features: The book describes the collaborative problem-solving approach to dealing with children and adolescents with explosive outbursts. The authors define the cognitive deficits that lead up to these affective explosions then teach the clinician to help parents and the kids identify likely triggers. The problem-solving approach involves mutual empathy, respect, and joint concerns, intentionally avoiding solutions that only focus on the adult or the child's concerns.
Assessment: This is sure to be of great use to any clinician looking for tools in working with children and families. The authors are very specific and clear in helping clinicians teach improved communication and a more useful paradigm for viewing problematic behavior.