The essays in Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents--which are edited by two luminaries in the field of third-wave behaviour therapy--offer a much-needed adaptation of these revolutionary techniques for young people and their families, providing a wealth of new approaches to therapists, counsellors and other helping professionals.
The field of psychology is witnessing the emergence and rapid scientific advancement of "third-wave" behaviour therapies, such as dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). The efficacy of third-wave behaviour and cognitive therapies has been demonstrated empirically across a wide range of clinical populations, including adults suffering with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, poly-substance use, thought disorders and chronic illness.
As acceptance- and mindfulness-based therapies continue to gain momentum and empirical support within mainstream psychology, it is essential to examine the adaptability and effectiveness of these approaches for children and adolescents. Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents summarizes the diverse ways in which the third-wave therapies have been adapted for young people and their families. Chapters summarize recent empirical advances as well as pragmatic issues related to acceptance and mindfulness applied to children and adolescents. Each chapter in the two applied sections gives practical clinical guidance that will show how to apply these methods.
About the Editors:
Laurie A. Greco, PhD is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with more than ten years of clinical experience with children, adolescents and families.
Steven C. Hayes, PhD is University of Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the author of 30 books and nearly 400 scientific articles.