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 Change: Behavioural Techniques

Facilitating change: Behavioural techniques

This chapter will consider three methods of behavioural change. The first is somewhat axiomatic of behavioural approaches in general and is about encouraging positive behaviour. This applies across all age groups and across all types of problems and is also known as contingency management. In addition, we have selected two key behavioural techniques which may be used as part of interventions for a broad range of problems but are in some ways more problem specific. These are behavioural activation, commonly a component of work with depression and exposure, a key aspect of work with anxiety.

The purpose of behavioural techniques is:

  • To enhance overall functioning by increasing positive behaviours by the child or parent
  • To reduce negative behaviours by the child ...
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