Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children

A Guide for the Community Practitioner

By Katharina Manassis

© 2010 – Routledge

288 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415996709
pub: 2009-06-05
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About the Book

This book aims to bridge the gap between child cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as practiced in academic centers and its use in community settings. Because CBT is considered the gold standard in the treatment of a variety of child mental health conditions and has been evaluated in numerous randomized controlled trials, practitioners often face pressure to "do CBT" for children meeting criteria for certain disorders, especially anxiety and depression. This book uses a step-by-step, practical approach to spell out child CBT assessment and treatment considerations that are often not detailed in treatment manuals but are highly relevant to community practitioners.


"This book addresses some of the toughest challenges facing practicing clinicians the treatment of anxious and depressed children who don't 'fit the mould.' Dr. Manassis' experience shines through with a strong blend of scientific rigor and practical application. Whether you work in community settings, private practice, or even research, this book will give you a myriad of new ideas."Ronald M. Rapee, Professor of Psychology and Director, Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

"Dr. Manassis scores big with this one! Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Children is an uncommonly useful book for practicioners at all levels of experience. Appropriately circumspect, Dr. Manassis cautions against mindless use of manuals and calls for sound clinical judgment in everyday clinical practice. She stays the course and takes the principles and procedures of CBT 'to the street' where they are so desperately needed for the children and families we serve. It is a book whose time has come."Thomas Ollendick, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Child Study Center, Virginia Tech, USA

"Filled with clinical wisdom, solid research evidence, and practical strategies, this guide will help clinicians bring CBT for childhood anxiety disorders into the real world of daily clinical practice."E. Jane Garland, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Table of Contents

Why the Gap Between Efficacy and Effectiveness? Leveling the Playing Field. Priorities and Timing of Therapy. Treatment Expectations. Using Manuals Appropriately. How Child CBT Differs from Adult CBT. Working with Challenging Children. Working with Challenging Families. Group-based and School-based Child CBT. Overcoming Therapeutic Obstacles. Concluding Therapy. Appendix I: Possible Answers to Clinical Challenges. Appendix II: Fear-masters Modules.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology