Though acceptance and mindfulness interventions have proven enormously effective for adults with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, they have not been fully documented for use with children and adolescents. And yet they are a natural fit for children's therapy-the focus on acceptance and mindfulness builds children's psychological flexibility, and the values component of these methods helps young people learn to set goals and take action to achieve them.
The chapters in Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents show how to modify third-wave behavioral and cognitive therapy methods for the treatment of children and adolescents. This book also considers the early evidence for the adaptability and effectiveness of these methods. Edited by two luminaries in the field of third-wave behavior therapy, these essays will be invaluable in helping young patients reap the benefits of acceptance and mindfulness approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
- Learn how ACT, DBT, MBCT, and MBSR can be used with young people and their families
- Discover recent third-wave behavior therapy research
- Explore the practice issues that arise when acceptance and mindfulness techniques are used with children and adolescents
- Find out how to put these techniques to work in your own practice
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. Although early in her career, Greco has already published more than twenty articles and book chapters and has given more than sixty conference presentations. In the past five years, she has conducted some forty workshops and professional trainings atthe national and international level on topics germane to acceptance and commitment therapy and behavioral parent training Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of thirty-four books and more than 470 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering, and cofounded ACT, a powerful therapy method that is useful in a wide variety of areas. Hayes has been president of several scientific societies and has received several national awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.