1st Edition

Children's Friendship Training

By Fred D. Frankel, Robert J. Myatt Copyright 2003
    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 2003. Children's Friendship Training is a complete manualized guide for therapists treating children with peer problems. This unique, empirically validated treatment is the first to integrate parents into the therapy process to ensure generalization to school and home.

    Representing over twelve years of research, Children's Friendship Training presents the comprehensive social skills training program developed by these pioneering authors. Step-by-step interventions help children develop the skills to initiate mutually satisfying social interactions. These interactions can lead to higher regard within the peer group and the development of satisfying dyadic relationships that will, in turn, serve to enhance overall well being.

    Clinical and empirical rationales, illustrative case examples and parent handouts that educate parents and give specific guidelines for homework assignments are presented for each treatment module. Brief relevant reviews of the child development literature and selective reviews of assessment techniques and other approached to children's social skills training are presented to sufficiently acquaint therapists interested in implementing children's friendship training.


    Purpose and organization of this manual
    oA self-contained guide for the clinician
    oTraining socially valid behaviors
    oMaintaining treatment integrity
    oOrganization of this manual
    oRelated resources

    Section I. Background
    Chapter 1. Reasons to Treat Peer Relationship Problems
    Chapter 2. Assessment of Outcomes
    Chapter 3. Types of Children's Social Skills Treatment
    Chapter 4. Common Diagnoses of Children Obtaining Training
    Chapter 5. Research on the UCLA Children's Friendship Program

    Section II. Preparing for Treatment
    Chapter 6. Screening
    Chapter 7. Intake
    Chapter 8. Program Infrastructure

    Section III. Session Content
    Chapter 9. Introductory Session/Setting the Stage
    Chapter 10. Conversational Skills
    Chapter 11. "Slipping In"/Reputation/Using Community Resources
    Chapter 12. Taking "No" for an Answer/Gender and Age Issues
    Chapter 13. Rules of a Good Sport/Social Goals
    Chapter 14. Rules of a Good Sport/Positive Statements
    Chapter 15. Making a Best Friend/Play Dates
    Chapter 16. Resisting Teasing
    Chapter 17. Respect Towards Adults
    Chapter 18. Managing Competition/Gender Differences
    Chapter 19. Avoiding Physical Fights
    Chapter 20. Graduation



    Fred Frankel is Professor of Medical Psychology, UCLA Department of Psychiatry. He developed the UCLA Children's Friendship Training Program with Robert Myatt, offering treatment to over 900 children with friendship problems since 1989. He has published several controlled studies and was awarded an NIMH research grant to study Children's Friendship Training.