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3rd Edition

Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents

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ISBN 9781462522699
Published June 22, 2017 by Guilford Press
622 Pages


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Book Description

Widely regarded as the standard reference and text on evidence-based therapies--and now substantially revised--this book has introduced tens of thousands of clinicians and students to exemplary treatments for social, emotional, and behavioral problems in children and youth. Concise chapters focus on specific psychotherapy models. The developers of the respective approaches review their conceptual underpinnings, describe how interventions are delivered on a session-by-session basis, and summarize what the research shows about treatment effectiveness. The book explores important questions and challenges facing the field and identifies best practices for treatment dissemination in real-world clinical contexts.

New to This Edition:
*Existing chapters significantly revised with the latest treatment research.
*Chapters on assessment, personalizing evidence-based therapies, clinical implications of developmental psychopathology, and advances in neuroscience.
*Coverage of additional clinical problems (self-injury and suicidal ideation, bulimia nervosa, encopresis) and treatments (Early Start Denver Model for autism spectrum disorder, Internet-assisted and technology-enhanced interventions).
*Chapters on implementation in complex mental health systems, as well as international models.

Table of Contents

I. Foundations of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Research
1. Introduction: Context, Background, and Goals, Alan E. Kazdin & John R. Weisz
II. Treatments and Problems
A. Internalizing Disorders and Problems
2. Child-Focused Treatment for Anxiety, Philip C. Kendall, Erika A. Crawford, Elana Rachel Kagan, Jami M. Furr, & Jennifer L. Podell
3. Treating Pediatric Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder in Children: Using Exposure-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Martin E. Franklin, Sarah Morris, Jennifer B. Freeman, & John S. March
4. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Depression, Paul Rohde
5. Treating Adolescent Depression Using Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Colleen Jacobson, Laura H. Mufson, & Jami F. Young
B. Externalizing Disorders and Problems
6. The Evolution of the Oregon Model of Parent Management Training: An Intervention for Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents, Marion S. Forgatch & Abigail H. Gewirtz
7. Parent–Child Interaction Therapy and the Treatment of Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Alison Zisser, Amy D. Herschell, & Sheila M. Eyberg
8. The Incredible Years Parents, Teachers, and Children Training Series: A Multifaceted Treatment Approach for Young Children with Conduct Problems, Carolyn Webster-Stratton & M. Jamila Reid
9. Parent Management Training and Problem-Solving Skills Training for Child and Adolescent Conduct Problems, Alan E. Kazdin
10. The Coping Power Program for Aggressive Behavior in Children, Nicole R. Powell, John E. Lochman, Caroline L. Boxmeyer, Tammy D. Barry, & Dustin A. Pardini
11. Treatment Foster Care Oregon for Adolescents: Research and Implementation, Rohanna Buchanan & Patricia Chamberlain
12. Treating Serious Antisocial Behavior Using Multisystemic Therapy, Scott W. Henggeler & Cindy M. Schaeffer
13. Summer Treatment Programs for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, William E. Pelham, Jr., Elizabeth Gnagy, Andrew R. Greiner, Gregory A. Fabiano, Daniel A. Waschbusch, & Erika K. Coles
C. Other Disorders and Special Applications
14. Developing and Testing Interventions for Suicidal and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury among Adolescents, Anthony Spirito, Christianne Esposito-Smythers, & Jennifer Wolff
15. Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Traumatized Children, Judith A. Cohen, Anthony P. Mannarino, & Esther Deblinger
16. Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder with the Early Start Denver Model, Katherine Davlantis, Geraldine Dawson, & Sally J. Rogers
17. Pivotal Response Treatment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Robert L. Koegel, Lynn Kern Koegel, Ty W. Vernon, & Lauren I. Brookman-Frazee
18. Family-Based Treatment and Behavioral Family Systems Therapy for Adolescent Eating Disorders, Daniel Le Grange & Arthur L. Robin
19. Behavioral Treatment for Enuresis and Encopresis, Michael W. Mellon & Arthur C. Houts
20. Functional Family Therapy for Adolescent Substance Use Disorders, Holly Barrett Waldron, Janet L. Brody, & Hyman Hops
III. Implementation and Dissemination: Extending Treatments to New Populations and New Settings
21. Evidence-Based Psychotherapies with Ethnic Minority Children and Adolescents, Stanley J. Huey, Jr.,& Antonio J. Polo
22. Crossing National, Cultural, and Language Barriers: Implementing and Testing Evidence-Based Practices in Norway, Terje Ogden, Elisabeth Askeland, Bernadette Christensen, Terje Christiansen, & John Kjøbli
23. Implementing and Testing Youth Psychotherapies through a National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in New Zealand, Sally Nicola Merry, Karolina Stasiak, Bronwyn Dunnachie, Tania Anstiss, Mathijs Lucassen, & Tania Cargo
24. A National Approach to Improving Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care: The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Program in England, Stephen Scott
25. The International Dissemination of the Triple P–Positive Parenting Program, Matthew R. Sanders & Karen M. T. Turner
IV. Critical Issues for the Field
26. Ethical Issues in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Research, Adam Fried & Celia B. Fisher
27. Implementing Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents within Complex Mental Health Systems, Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood, Robin Peth-Pierce, Elizabeth Glaeser, Emma Whitmyre, Priscilla Shorter, & Maria Michelle Vardanian
28. Using the Science of Developmental Psychopathology to Inform Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Dante Cicchetti & Sheree Toth
29. Personalizing Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents in Clinical Care, Mei Yi Ng & John R. Weisz
30. Harnessing the Neuroscience Revolution to Enhance Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Matthew Peverill & Katie A. McLaughlin
31. Assessment Issues in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Andres De Los Reyes, Tara Marie Augenstein, & Amelia Aldao
32. Technology-Assisted Treatments for Mental Health Problems in Children and Adolescents, Pim Cuijpers, David D. Ebert, Mirjam Reijnders, & Yvonne Stikkelbroek
V. Conclusions and Future Directions
33. The Present and Future of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents, John R. Weisz & Alan E. Kazdin
Author Index
Subject Index

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John R. Weisz, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and at Harvard Medical School. He is a past president of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. Dr. Weisz is a recipient of the James McKeen Cattell Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Psychological Science, the Klaus Grawe Award for the Advancement of Innovative Research in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy from the Klaus Grawe Foundation in Switzerland, and the Sarah Gund Prize for Research and Mentorship in Child Mental Health from the Child Mind Institute’s Scientific Research Council. He served for 8 years as President and CEO of the Judge Baker Children’s Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Weisz’s research involves development and testing of psychotherapy programs for children and adolescents, particularly transdiagnostic approaches designed for implementation in clinical service settings, plus meta-analyses to characterize and inform psychotherapy research. His website is https://weiszlab.fas.harvard.edu.

Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, ABPP, is Sterling Professor of Psychology and Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University and Director of the Yale Parenting Center, an outpatient treatment service for children and families. He is also Director of the Innovative Interactions Laboratory. Dr. Kazdin has served as Chair of the Yale Department of Psychology, Director and Chair of the Yale Child Study Center at the School of Medicine, and Director of Child Psychiatric Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has authored or edited over 750 articles, chapters, and books focusing on child and adolescent psychotherapy, parenting and childrearing, aggressive and antisocial behavior, and methodology and research design. Dr. Kazdin is a past president of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of its Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology and Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology.


"Weisz and Kazdin are the accepted world leaders in the field of evidence-based psychotherapies for young people, and their book is essential reading. The third edition differs from its predecessors in being substantially broader in scope and in the depth of evidence considered. The book is particularly distinctive in its critical appraisal of the challenges that lie ahead--for example, the need for a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in young people’s treatment responses, and the fact that most of the randomized controlled trials do not include multifaceted disorders. Although the issues concerned are quite tricky, the writing style is smooth and easy to follow. Anyone interested in the topic will both enjoy reading this book and learn a great deal from it."--Michael Rutter, MD, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, United Kingdom

“Weisz and Kazdin--two of the field's most original and influential scholars--show how science can be leveraged with innovativeness and rigor to improve the lives of children and adolescents who suffer from psychological disorders. The contributors include many pioneers in developing and testing evidence-based psychotherapies, who write with great wisdom. Thirty-three chapters provide a perfect balance between the present status of the scientific evidence and clinical applications, and identify critical future directions for the field. A 'must-have' book for instructors, students, clinicians, and researchers."--Wendy K. Silverman, PhD, ABPP, Alfred A. Messer Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director, Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine

"The biggest question facing today's psychotherapists and psychotherapy researchers is how to personalize evidence-based psychotherapy using the available selection of treatment and monitoring tools. This holds true for child and adolescent as well as adult psychotherapy. I cannot imagine a better resource for tackling this task than this outstanding book. Comprehensive and fun to read, it helps move the practice of child and adolescent psychotherapy forward. As a text, it is a rich resource for courses on child and adolescent treatment."--Wolfgang Lutz, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Trier, Germany

"Nobody understands evidence-based practices for children and adolescents--their development, evaluation, and implementation, as well as their strengths and limitations--with the depth and breadth of Weisz and Kazdin. The third edition has thorough coverage of almost all problems confronting clinicians and a very important section on implementing evidence-based interventions in a variety of clinical settings. Every clinician and clinical scientist will want this definitive resource on their bookshelves, and instructors will find it ideal for graduate courses covering psychological interventions."--David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University