This book aims to bridge the gap between child cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as practiced in academic centres and its use in community settings. Because CBT is considered the 'gold standard' in the treatmen 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 practicioners.
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.