This volume provides practicing clinicians and researchers with an update on treatments found to be effective in pediatric psychology as well as those that are emerging in the field and have promise of being proven effective as additional research is conducted. Several chapters contain descriptions of different treatment protocols as well as specific scripts for certain procedures. These materials will be useful to clinicians in their day-to-day practice and clinical researchers in implementing and/or developing research protocols. Leading pediatric psychology intervention researchers generously provide details of their treatments for a number of pediatric problems. This book provides a means by which treatment manuals and related data on the outcomes of interventions can be disseminated to practicing pediatric psychologists and to investigators. Readers can gain access to treatment protocols developed by leading pediatric psychology researchers at a website specifically developed for this book. Readers may use these manuals in clinical work or contact the manual developers if interested in using/adapting the manuals for research protocols. This website will be updated with additional treatment manuals for problems encountered in the practice of pediatric psychology.
Reviewer:Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description:This book describes information and resources available on treatment in the field of pediatric psychology. The authors provide evidence-based treatment alternatives, and they hope this book will encourage intervention research, of which there is a great lack. In their opinion, research has focused mostly on assessment.
Purpose:According to the authors, "this book is designed to provide practicing clinicians and researchers with an update on treatments found to be effective in pediatric psychology as well as those that are emerging in the field and have promise of being proven effective as additional research is conducted. A primary aim of this book is to provide sufficient detail regarding the interventions so that clinicians can implement in their practice those treatments shown to be empirically supported. At the same time, we provide details of clinical techniques in order to assist clinical researchers in developing research protocols that can be tested in future studies." The book meets the authors' objectives.
Audience:It is intended for practicing clinicians and researchers, but graduate psychology students who are focusing on pediatrics would also gain much from this book. Dr. Spirito is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Consortium at Brown University. He was also action editor for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology Empirically Supported Treatments Series. Dr. Kazak is Professor and Director of Psychology Research in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and is President-Elect of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, editor of the Journal of Family Psychology, and former editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
Features:There are a number of interesting features such as a chapter on treatment manuals (chapter 2). The discussion focuses on integrating individual differences into a structured approach, as well as potential problems of adhering to one particular theoretical model. The authors also talk about individual versus multiperson and systemic interventions. This book addresses common childhood problems such as enuresis, encopresis, and sleep problems. There is also a nice chapter on adherence (chapter 6). The book is easy to read and is very pragmatic. It does a nice job reviewing the literature on various treatment alternatives. The only drawback is that there are no case examples. Since the book is reviewing different evidence-based treatments, maybe one shouldn't expect illustrative clinical material.
Assessment:The book does a nice job reviewing the literature of available intervention alternatives. It addresses common childhood problems and it is easy to read. The only problem may be the cost, especially from the graduate student standpoint. Otherwise, it is informative reading.