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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.

Facilitating Acceptance and Coping
Facilitating acceptance and coping

Within the literature on CBT, there is a general emphasis on processes of overt cognitive and behavioural change around problem behaviours and disorders. However, in recent years the approach has broadened to include ideas and techniques which focus on other types of outcomes. These broadly fall into three types, namely altering the client's perception and conceptualisation of the problem (rather than changing the problem itself), reducing the degree of stress that the problem is having on the person and actively altering environmental aspects of the problem.

Altering the relationship between the client and their problem has been one of the themes of ‘third wave’ cognitive behavioural therapies (Herbert & Forman, 2011) and such developments have been predominantly taken forward ...

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