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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Impulsive Children

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ISBN 9780898620139
Published May 24, 1993 by Guilford Press
239 Pages

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Book Description

This accessible, informative book presents an approach that has been used successfully by thousands of clinicians to help children reduce impulsivity and improve their self-control. In-depth descriptions of treatment strategies are brought to life with case examples and illustrative transcripts. The authors' model can be applied in a variety of settings and with different populations of children, including those with ADHD, conduct disorder, and learning disabilities. Grounded in the proven techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy, this is an invaluable resource for anyone working with children who need to learn to stop and think'' before they act.

Table of Contents

Overview. Background Review. Nature of the Deficit: The Target Sample for the Treatment. Assessment Issues and Procedures. Treatment: The Basic Ingredients. Optimizing Treatment Impact. Working with Parents, Teachers, and Groups of Children.

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Philip C. Kendall, PhD, ABPP, is Distinguished University Professor and Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University, where he is also Director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Dr. Kendall has been a researcher, scholar, and clinician since the 1970s. He has made seminal contributions to the treatment of anxiety disorders in youth; cognitive-behavioral theory, assessment, and treatment; research methodology; and the conceptualization and understanding of the psychopathology and treatment of children and adolescents. With more than 650 research publications and books, Dr. Kendall has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and has received numerous awards, including the Aaron T. Beck Award for Significant and Enduring Contributions to Cognitive Therapy from the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, Distinguished Career Research Awards from the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53) and the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12) of the American Psychological Association, and the inaugural Research Recognition Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.


Kendall and Braswell have updated a book that became a classic upon publication in 1985. The revision charts the remarkable progress that has been made in the assessment, diagnosis, and cognitively based treatment. New lines of work not in the original book are woven into a revision that conveys the development, evolution, and maturation of this treatment program as applied to impulsive children. --Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D., Psychology, Director of Clinical Training, Yale University

Kendall and Braswell have provided a state-of-the-art description of their clinically sensitive and empirically-based intervention for impulsive children. They have expanded their approach to school and family environments. This practical guidebook will prove valuable to both clinicians and researchers. Kudos! --Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., University of Waterloo

The first edition of this book was a classic that defined cognitive behavioral therapy with children and served as the foundation for treatment programs for children with a variety of disorders. This edition picks up where the first left off and points to the future of cognitive behavioral therapy by integrating components for working with parents and teachers. Evident throughout the book is the authors' twenty years of research and practice. The authors provide the reader with a cogent review of relevant theory and research as well as case vignettes that bring the descriptions of the treatment to life. This is must reading for all child practitioners. --Kevin Stark, Ph.D., University of Texas