Growing numbers of young people—some 10% to 20% of school-age populations—have mental health problems requiring intervention, and current policy initiatives identify evidence-based therapies as the most effective and relevant forms of treatment. By reviewing evidence-based treatments (EBTs) across a wide spectrum of conditions, the Handbook of Evidence-Based Therapies for Children and Adolescents: Bridging Science and Practice closes the gaps between children’s needs and services as well as those between research, training, and practice,
Several EBT options, both proved and promising, are offered for each covered disorder and are bolstered by case examples, tables, and reference lists. Features include chapters on implementation issues such as diversity, family treatment, assessment strategies, and community settings, and step-by-step guidance for the researcher looking to gather empirical support for therapies.
With comprehensive coverage provided by numerous leading experts in the field, this volume covers the broadest range of disorders over the widest pediatric-adolescent age range, including:
With its emphasis on flexibility and attention to emerging issues, the Handbook of Evidence-Based Therapies for Children and Adolescents is essential reading for anyone who works to address the mental health needs of children, including clinical child, school, and counseling psychologists; clinical social workers; and child psychiatrists as well as advanced-graduate level students in these and other related fields.
Reviewer:Christopher J. Graver, PhD(Madigan Army Medical Center)
Description:Treatments for children have often lagged behind those for adults, and this is especially true in mental health. Rather than inappropriately using the same adult treatments on children, this book provides a review of the literature on treatments for various diseases and disorders specific to children and adolescents.
Purpose:It specifically focuses on therapies for children and adolescents with strong empirical support and is intended to deliver a thorough review and discussion of their uses in a wide range of diagnoses.
Audience:Clinical psychologists are an obvious target for this book, but child psychiatrists and other mental health professionals will also find it relevant to their work. The authors show prominent scholarly productivity in this area and represent a combination of rising talent and well established faculty.
Features:The first section is an overview of the evidence-based conceptualization. The authors discuss important issues, such as methodological concepts that are germane, benefits and criticisms of these rigidly applied studies, and ways to bridge from the sterile science to the untidiness of actual human beings in clinical treatment. As readers move into the chapters on specific disorders, there are very nice summaries of the various treatments and citations for the associated empirical studies. There are also reviews of the literature as it applies to each approach. The chapters end with clinical vignettes and case examples, sometimes with useful sample dialogues. The book does not stop with the typical childhood psychological disorders, but also includes chapters on medical conditions, such as chronic pain or cancer. The last section deals with secondary but important practical issues, such as the use of evidence-based practices with culturally diverse patients, ethical guidelines, and ways of disseminating research findings to clinical practice. On the one hand, the figures and tables are outstanding, but there are far too few of these forcing the reader to wade through pages of text. On the other hand, the references are abundant, relatable, and current, which is the more critical consideration.
Assessment:From basic methodological concepts to the treatment of psychological and medical conditions to the dissemination of clinical research, this book provides a superb resource for clinicians working with children. Evidence-based treatments are considered the pinnacle of psychological care and mental health practitioners would be injudicious to forego such an accomplished book.