Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Young People

By Chrissie Verduyn, Julia Rogers, Alison Wood

© 2009 – Routledge

216 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

In recent years there has been an increase in research into childhood depression, and it is now recognised that depression can severely impair young people in many aspects of their life, school, peer and social relationships, and frequently persists into adulthood.

Depression: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Young People provides an accessible guide to recognising and treating depression in young people. Based on a successful manual developed for research trials, this book presents an overview of a cognitive behavioural model for working with this age group, as well as practical ideas about how to start therapy. Topics covered include:

  • engaging young people
  • setting goals for therapy
  • cognitive behaviour assessment and formulation
  • solutions for problems practitioners may face
  • encouraging parents and agencies to support therapy.

Depression includes case examples and practical tips to prepare the practitioner for working with young people. Information is presented in a readable and practical style making this book ideal for professionals working in child and adolescent mental health services, as well as those in training. It will also be a useful guide for people working in community services for young people.

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The appendices of this book contain worksheets that can be downloaded free of charge to purchasers of the print version. Please visit the website to find out more about this facility


"This is a well-written, well-researched and clearly presented book. If you are training or trained in CBT and working in the area of depression with children or adolescents, this is the book for you." - Caroline Anstiss, Counselling Children and Young People, September 2009

"Depression provides clear, informative diagrams breaking down CBT processes and interventions in a visual format as a welcome diversion from the written word. The book offers up-to-date data, statistics and research on depression in young people… This book would make an ideal companion not just for psychotherapists and counsellors but also most professionals working in child and adolescent mental health services. It would also be of benefit to trainees in child/adolescent psychotherapy who want a firm foundation in transferring/integrating CBT skills into a more psychoanalytical framework." - Kate Lacy, The Independent Practitioner, Autumn 2009

"This is a very useful, reasonably priced resource both for mental health trainees who are learning about cognitive-behavioural therapy and also for experienced clinicians who want to check that their practice remains on model." - Sarah Helps, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, March 2010, Vol. 71, No. 3

Table of Contents

Depression in Adolescence. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Cognitive Behavioural Assessment and Formulation. Starting Therapy. Early Stages of Therapy. Cognitive Techniques. General Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. Ending Therapy. Working with the Wider System. Special Issues. Common Problems.

About the Authors

Chrissie Verduyn is Director of clinical psychology and Joint Clinical Director, Manchester and Salford CAMHS

Julia Rogers is a Case Manager at Bolton CAMHS.

Alison Wood is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Pine Lodge Young People's Centre, Chester.

About the Series

CBT with Children, Adolescents and Families

"The CBT with Children, Adolescents and Families series, edited by Professor Paul Stallard, and written by a team of international experts, meets the growing need for evidence-based treatment manuals to address prevalent psychological problems in young people. These authoritative, yet practical books will be of interest to all professionals who work in the field of child and adolescent mental health." - Alan Carr, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Cognitive behaviour therapy is now the predominant treatment approach in both the NHS and private practice and is increasingly used by a range of mental health professionals.

The CBT with Children, Adolescents and Families series provides comprehensive, practical guidance for using CBT when dealing with a variety of common child and adolescent problems, as well as related family issues. The demand for therapy and counselling for children and adolescents is rapidly expanding, and early intervention in family and school settings is increasingly seen as effective and essential. In this series leading authorities in their respective fields provide detailed advice on methods of achieving this.

Each book in this series focuses on one particular problem and guides the professional from initial assessment through to techniques, common problems and future issues. Written especially for the clinician, each title includes summaries of key points, clinical examples, and worksheets to use with the client.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent