This book uniquely addresses the application of CBT to children and young people within health, school and community contexts.

With the recent expansion of increasing access to psychological therapies (IAPT) CBT is increasingly applied to work with children outside the traditional therapy clinic. This book provides accessible knowledge and practice skills for professional staff working with troubled children and young people in real-world settings. Front-line practitioners commonly face children with complex patterns of difficulties that do not fit clear diagnostic categories. Moreover, long waiting lists and fixed lengths of treatment don't always fit the presenting needs. Correspondingly, the authors take a much-needed realistic approach to applying CBT to childhood problems.

At the center of this book is the child, the authors moving outwards to cover childhood itself, the principles, core practice and techniques of CBT and its adaptation to the context of the therapy. This is relevant and accessible reading for a wide range of specialist child trainees and practitioners, including new IAPT therapists, counselors, nurses, teachers and social workers.

Knowledge of Children and Their Context
Knowledge of children and their context

CBT practitioners working with children and young people require basic knowledge about child development and the context of childhood. Therapeutic practice needs to be connected to the wider knowledge base of developmental science. In Part 1 we will select specific aspects of developmental, educational and clinical psychology that are essential for an understanding of core CBT practice. This is not comprehensive but the intention is to demonstrate that a connection to this knowledge base is essential to guide effective practice. Without it, there is a risk that techniques may be used ineffectively without an understanding of the child's experience and context.

Part 1 is divided into three chapters. Chapter 1 deals with child development and ...

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