In the last decade, mental health professionals have been under mounting pressure to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of their treatment choices and practices. Progress has been made, related in part to improvements and refinements in diagnostic classifications that are increasingly empirically determined and behaviorally based. Historically, however, research on the treatment of children and adolescents has lagged behind research on the treatment of adults. The growing realization that early intervention can prevent serious psychological dysfunction in adulthood has stimulated much more interest and attention in recent years, and a number of innovative and efficacious treatment strategies have been developed.
But most of these are not widely known outside the contexts of the major research programs in which they originated and were tested. Complete protocols have rarely been disseminated or replicated; descriptions are typically embedded in the "methods" sections of journal articles or briefly given in chapters of volumes addressing a diversity of problems.
The Handbook of Psychological Treatment Protocols for Children and Adolescents is the first attempt to bridge this gap between clinical research and practice. Drawing together systematic, empirically-based guidelines for accountable clinical work with children and adolescents with varying presenting problems, it is a compendium of state-of-the-art treatment manuals. Specific instructions and relevant case illustrations facilitate the practitioner's efforts to replicate the approaches.
The Handbook will be welcomed by a wide range of mental health professionals and their students.
"In this era of accountability, the Handbook of Psychological Treatment Protocols for Children and Adolescents is a must for psychologists involved in the assessment and treatment of children or adolescents and their families. While oriented to treatment, this book edited by Van Hasselt and Hersen is noteworthy because it remains scholarly and comprehensive. The chapters are broken down into assessment methods and treatment protocols, and the authors do an excellent job of bridging these two psychological enterprises. This book should be required reading for mental health professionals committed to the empirical treatment of children and adolescents."
—Stephen J. Bech, PhD
Ohio State University
"This timely and much needed text provides valuable information for those who feel ethically bound to provide empirically validated treatments to children and adolescents. The chapter authors thoroughly discuss assessment issues including available measures. Recommended treatment modules are based on empirically verified methods when available and clarify clinical recommendations. A broad range of discorders is covered. I strongly recommend this book to both clinicians and investigators."
—Warren W. Tryon, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training, Fordham University
"This book represents an important breakthrough in delivering state-of-the-art assessment and intervention protocos directly into the hands of the practicing clinician. Specific, practical, and empirically validated methods for the psychological treatment of children and adolescents are provided for a wide range of the most commonly encountered disorders. The combination of scholarship with hands-on guidelines and frequent case illustrations make this book a welcome addition to the field. A must read for helping professionals involved in providing psychological care to young people."
—Kim T. Mueser, PhD
Dartmouth Medical School
"The Handbook of Psychological Treatment Protocols for Children and Adolescents" is a valuable resource in the dawning age of mental health accountability; an authoritative guide describing empirically supported procedures for assessment, intervention, and monitoring vis a vis many of the problems presented by contemporary children and adolescents."
—F. Dudley McGlynn, PhD
"This book contains up to date information concerning the treatment of a broad array of psychological disorders seen in children and adolescents. The contributors to this volume represent a top notch group of scientist-practitioners. The chapters are very well written and extremely informative. The detailed presentations of assessment and treatment techniques make this book an excellent reference for clinicians, as well as a terrific introduction for students attempting to develop a repertoire of clinical skills. This book will be viewed as a most welcomed addition to the applied psychologist library.
—Alan M. Gross, PhD
Professor of Psychology, The University of Mississippi