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Brief Psychosocial Intervention for Adolescents Keep It Simple; Do It Well
Ian Goodyer and Raphael Kelvin
Cambridge University Press / Softcover / Jul 2023
9781108984546 (ISBN-10: 1108984541)
Child Psychiatry / Forthcoming
price: $39.95 (may be subject to change)
150 pages
Not Yet Published

The highest incidence for clinical depressions is during adolescence. Furthermore, mental health illnesses that recur over the life-course begin in young people. 70% of all mental health emerge before thirty years of age. Almost all interventions for young people have been first developed for and targeted at adults. Here for the first time is a talking therapy (BPI), that has been developed for, and with, adolescents. After thirty years of clinical experience with mentally ill adolescents and two major randomised controlled trials of treatment, the authors reveal a brief psychosocial intervention that is as effective as CBT for adolescents with depression with and without comorbid anxiety and conduct disorder. BPI can be taught to mental health practitioners in sixteen hours and they can immediately start delivery of care. After a six-month supervision, new BPI practitioners offer an evidence based and NICE approved treatment in their usual clinical practice.

Table of Contents

1. Adolescence and the Psychotherapies
2. Evidence Based Psychotherapy
3. Evolving the BPI method
4. The Evidence Base for BPI
5. Practice Framework and Clinical Principles
6. Clinical Styles and Therapy Tools
7. BPI in Clinical Practice
8. Clinical Practice- Part Two
9. Top Tips for Best Practice.


Ian Goodyer, University of Cambridge
Ian Goodyer is a multi-award-winning Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Raphael Kelvin, MindEd, UK
Dr Raphael Kelvin is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and National Clinical Lead for the MindEd elearning Consortium. He is a lead developer of and trainer for BPI (Brief Psychosocial Intervention).

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