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by Robert D. Friedberg & Lori E. Crosby
by Robert D. Friedberg & Lori E. Crosby

Therapeutic Exercises For Children: Professional Guide

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• Professional Guide: 2001  138pp paperback   ISBN: 9781568870649
• Also available in Japanese (U.S. customers only)

This book, along with Therapeutic Exercises for Children: Guided Self-Discovery Using Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques, presents an empirically-supported program for helping anxious and depressed children (ages 8 to 11).

The Professional Guide provides specific recommendations for implementing this cognitive-behavioral program including suggestions for selecting and individualizing the workbook exercises to meet the specific needs of different children and groups of children. Also discusses theoretical and clinical issues related to the treatment of anxious and depressed children including indications-contraindictions for using these techniques, and cultural adaptations. This program makes therapy fun for children by balancing the teaching of new coping skills with coaching to help them experientially apply these skills to highly personalized events in their day-to-day lives. Also includes suggestions for working with parents, conducting school-based groups, and numerous references.

"Therapeutic Exercises for Children provide excellent guidelines and concrete experiential techniques for working with depressed and anxious children. They distill and adapt the essential strategies of cognitive behavior therapy, translating abstract concepts into an appealing, easy-to-grasp format. These books will be quite helpful to a wide range of professionals who work with children, from therapists to teachers."
     -Judith S. Beck
, PhD,
Clinical Associate Professor of
Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research

"The authors are to be congratulated for extending evidence-based cognitive-behavioral procedures and devising new, creative, and imaginative therapeutic exercises for use with children. Simply put- this is therapy that will 'work' and be fun at the same time."
     -Wendy K. Silverman, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child and Family Psychosocial Research Center, Florida International University

Tables of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction: Goals of This Guidebook: Theoretical Foundations
Chapter 2 - Indications and Contraindications: Introduction * Nature of Presenting Problem * Comorbidity * Degree of Externalizing Problems * Severity/Acuity of Problems * Chronological Age * Developmental Considerations * Family Functioning * Use With More Traditional Forms of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy * Concluding Remarks
Chapter 3 - Culturally Responsive Use of Therapeutic Exercises for Children: Introduction * Ethnic and Cultural Differences in Anxious and Depressed Children * Gender Differences * Culturally Responsive Adaptations * Conclusion
Chapter 4 -  Working With Individual Children: Introduction * Remaining Mindful of Cognitive-Behavioral Tenets * Seamless Integration of Exercises Into Therapy * Maintaining Balance Between Structure and Process * Graduated Approach to Treatment * Skill Acquisition Versus Skill Application * Exercises as a Way to Enliven Therapy * Importance of Writing Material Down on Paper * Conclusion
Chapter 5 - Working With Anxious: Introduction * Worries * Behavioral Inhibition and Anxiety Sensitivity * Generalized Anxiety Disorder * Social Phobia/Social Anxiety * Common Cognitive Characteristics Among Anxious Children * Intervention Planning * Importance of Exposure: Coaching Children Back in the Saddle * Multiple Treatment Considerations * Conclusion
Chapter 6 - Working With Depressed Children: Introduction * Clinical Features of Depression * Intervention Planning * Additional Clinical Considerations * Conclusion
Chapter 7 - Using Therapeutic Exercises for Children With Groups: Introduction * Advantages of Using Therapeutic Exercises for Children With Groups * Cautions for Group Therapy * Group Composition * Open Versus Closed Enrollment * Session Structure * Setting Limits and Defining Rules * Psychoeducation and Psychotherapy * Using Group Process With Therapeutic Exercises for Children * Cautions in Therapeutic Processing * Conclusion
Chapter 8 - Working With Parents: Introduction * Parental Variables in Childhood Anxiety and Depression * Suggestions for Working With Parents * Conclusion
Chapter 9 - Issues in School-Based Applications of Therapeutic Exercises for Children: Introduction * Advantages of School-Based Groups * General Considerations * Obtaining School Support * Participation Issues * Adapting Therapeutic Exercises for Children to the School * Conducting the Group * Conclusion
Subject Index

About the Authors
Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, is an Associate Professor on the core faculty of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. He directs the predoctoral internship training program and the Preventing Anxiety and Depression in Youth (PANDY) Program, where many of these exercises were developed. His area of expertise is cognitive-behavioral therapy with children. He has published numerous articles and serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals.

Lori E. Crosby
, PsyD,
is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Psychology as Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is Director of INNOVATIONS, a community based program aimed at enhancing understanding of multicultural issues and promoting behavioral health outcomes for African-American youth. Her research and publications focus on diversity issues, violence prevention, adolescence, and anxiety.

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