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Cognitive Therapy Techniques for Children and Adolescents: Tools for Enhancing Practice | Hardcover
Friedberg, Robert D., Jessica M McClure and Jolene Hillwig-Garcia
Guilford Publications / Hardcover / 2009-08-01 / 1606233130
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
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Providing a wealth of practical interventions and activities--all organized within a state-of-the-art modular framework--this invaluable book helps child clinicians expand their intervention toolkits. Building on the bestselling Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents, which addresses the basics of treatment, Cognitive Therapy Techniques for Children and Adolescents is packed with creative strategies for engaging hard-to-reach clients, addressing challenging problems, and targeting particular cognitive and behavioral skills. Fun and productive games, crafts, and other activities are described in step-by-step detail; assessment and case conceptualization guidelines help keep treatment on track. Over 30 reproducible forms and handouts are included.

Review quotes

"All child therapists should have this book on their shelves. It is written in a candid, user-friendly manner, and is filled with useful resources, such as rating scales that help to capture and quantify the diversity of symptoms in youth, useful downloadable forms, and sample therapist-client dialogues. The information on psychoeducational resources for children and their parents is comprehensive and well organized. The book has a nice balance between the theory of cognitive and behavioral interventions and the practical techniques needed to actually conduct the therapy."--Craig L. Donnelly, MD, Chief, Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Director, Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

"Clearly articulated techniques are illustrated with activities and vignettes that make them come alive. This is one of the few books that address the process of cognitive-behavioral therapy with children, including how to implement the techniques in the context of the child-therapist relationship. I highly recommend this book for graduate courses in child psychotherapy and for practicing professionals seeking creative therapeutic activities and helpful assessment measures to implement with children."--Elizabeth A. Gosch, PhD, ABPP, Director, MS Program in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

"Over the years, Friedberg and his colleagues have filled a gaping hole in the cognitive-behavioral therapy literature by writing innovative and useful guides for child and adolescent therapists. This book is packed with creative, witty, and practical methods, including some that use technologies, like text messaging, that younger clients are likely to favor. The authors helpfully organize the techniques by their purpose and highlight the client ages and clinical problems best served by each. This is one of those rare books that therapists can open at any page to find creative ideas that are immediately useful. If you work with children, adolescents, or families, keep this book on your desk; I predict it will become your most well-thumbed reference."--Christine A. Padesky, PhD, Co-Founder Center for Cognitive Therapy, Huntington Beach, California

"Unlike a 'one-size-fits-all' manual, this book uses a modular approach that illustrates creative, flexible, and empirically supported techniques. This book will change the way you think about cognitive therapy with children, adding a sense of interest, excitement, and playfulness that is too often absent from the literature. There are very few 'how-to' guides in this area and fewer still that are rooted in research evidence and a genuine understanding of cognitive-behavioral theory. Both new and seasoned clinicians will find clear presentations of technique and refreshingly new and appealing approaches to meeting kids' therapy needs."--Ellen Flannery-Schroeder, PhD, ABPP, Director, Clinical Psychology Program, Department of Psychology, University of Rhode Island

About the Authors:

Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, is Associate Professor, Director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic for Children and Adolescents, and Director of the Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship program in the Department of Psychiatry at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University College of Medicine. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Friedberg is author of five other books, and his scholarly publications and national and international presentations span the globe. Dr. Friedberg also supervises trainees at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a board-certified diplomate in cognitive-behavioral therapy.


Jessica M. McClure, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She has published and presented widely on cognitive-behavioral therapy with children and adolescents. Her expertise includes cognitive-behavioral treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders. Dr. McClure is currently active in an initiative at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to help clinicians translate evidence-based treatment protocols to everyday practice as a way of spreading evidence-based care for children and adolescents.


Jolene Hillwig Garcia, MD, is completing psychiatry residency training in the Department of Psychiatry at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University College of Medicine, and has completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. She received an MD from Penn State University College of Medicine and a BS in Biology and BA in Art-Commercial Design from Lycoming College. Dr. Garcia has been involved in scholarly research and publications, as well as professional presentations on topics of interest in child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition, she continues her work in graphic and fine art.

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