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.



The Aim of This Book

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) has been evaluated by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as being an effective intervention for adults with a range of mental health needs, notably anxiety and depression (e.g. NICE, 2009, 2011) and also for children and young people with depression (NICE, 2005). CBT originated with the cognitive model of depression developed by Beck (1976), which proposed an important role for cognition in the maintenance of depression. This approach has been further developed for a range of different disorders, for example, for social anxiety (Clark & Wells, 1995). In practice, CBT with adults has incorporated both behavioural and cognitive techniques, and it remains uncertain as to the degree to which the behavioural or cognitive components ...

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