1st Edition

CBT Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Youth

By Brian C. Chu, Sandra S. Pimentel Copyright 2023

    Going beyond one-size-fits-all approaches to treating depression and anxiety, this book is packed with tools for delivering flexible, personalized cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to diverse children and adolescents. The authors use extended case examples to show how to conceptualize complex cases and tailor interventions to each client's unique challenges, strengths, family background, and circumstances. In a convenient large-size format, the book features vivid vignettes, sample treatment plans, therapist–client dialogues, and 49 reproducible handouts and worksheets, most of which can be downloaded and printed for repeated use. It offers pragmatic guidance for collaborating effectively with parents and with other professionals.

    List of Figures, Tables, Handouts, and Worksheets
    1. The CBT Model and Early Treatment Phase
    2. Middle Treatment Phase: Intervention Strategies
    3. Later Treatment Phase and Termination
    4. Psychiatric Referral and Collaboration: Pragmatic Recommendations, with Uri Meller, MD
    5. Working with Caregivers and Families
    6. Depression
    7. Suicidal Behaviors and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury
    8. Separation Anxiety Disorder
    9. Social Anxiety Disorder
    10. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    11. School Refusal and Problematic Attendance
    Appendix A. Handouts and Worksheets
    Appendix B. Resources for Therapists and Families


    Brian C. Chu, PhD, is Professor and Department Chair of Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he is Founder and Director of the Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic. Dr. Chu is a recipient of the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Young Investigator Award. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and past editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. Dr. Chu’s work focuses on anxiety and mood problems in children and adolescents, with a special emphasis on therapy processes, mechanisms of change, and dissemination of evidence-based practices. He collaborates with community organizations to optimize access to care for underserved and marginalized communities.

    Sandra S. Pimentel, PhD, is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Associate Director of Psychology Training, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is founder and director of the Anxiety and Mood Program, a specialty training program in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Division. Dr. Pimentel serves on the editorial board of Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and is President (2023–2024) of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. As a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Pimentel specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatments for youth and young adults. She is a health advocate dedicated to creatively engaging communities to optimize care for children and families.

    "Chu and Pimentel score big on this one--very big. The authors' rich theoretical background and their equally rich clinical acumen come together seamlessly. The volume nicely interweaves CBT case formulation, assessment, and treatment practices, via detailed case studies. This is a book that belongs in all graduate training programs that espouse evidence-based practice, and in the hands of all clinicians who work with children and adolescents and their families. It not only will guide current practice, but also will advance the next generation of clinical practice and research. This is a most welcome book whose time has come!"--Thomas H. Ollendick, PhD, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Virginia Tech

    "Responding to real-world questions expressed by trainees and practitioners, Chu and Pimentel provide well-informed answers on just how to implement CBT for anxious and depressed youth. Filled with relevant examples, this book will be of great value to mental health practitioners and trainees. In a highly readable fashion, the authors disentangle the complexities of CBT into basic parts and present principle-based guidance for implementation. Highly recommended for all mental health professionals working with youth with emotional challenges."--Philip C. Kendall, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Temple University

    "Chu and Pimentel are consummate clinicians, educators, and researchers. Their expertise in treating youth with internalizing disorders shines forth in this pragmatic guide. Therapists in training as well as early career and experienced therapists all will benefit from this book's clear explanation of CBT: what it is (and is not), and how it can be flexibly applied. The book includes clinically rich vignettes and 'tools of the trade,' such as helpful worksheets and handouts for use with children and families. I will be using my copy in both supervision and clinical practice!"--Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health (Emerita), The Ohio State University-This workbook is excellent because it contains so much practical information for clinicians to use when addressing anxiety and depression in children and adolescents. The handouts and worksheets are wonderful tools to use with clients.--Doody's Review Service (review by Gary B. Kaniuk, PsyD), 8/4/2023ƒƒThere is much to recommend this outstanding clinical resource. Chu and Pimentel's theoretical sophistication, scientific mindedness, and clinical virtuosity shine through every page! Their savvy approach to clinical problems is presented in a compelling, engaging, creative, and accessible way. Practical worksheets, figures, and tables are certain to catalyze clinicians' practices. I found learning from these CBT pros not only enlightening but also hugely enjoyable. I am certain you will too!--Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 1/1/2024