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: Cognitive Techniques

Facilitating change: Cognitive techniques

This chapter focuses on cognitive change in which the client is explicitly invited to consider the possibility of thinking about things differently in two ways. The first way involves replacing unhelpful thoughts with more helpful ones in a conscious and somewhat deliberate way. Positive self talk comes into this category. The second method involves scrutinising ideas, beliefs and assumptions in a non-adversarial way, enabling the child or parent to re-evaluate whether their ideas are supported by the evidence of their experience. Socratic dialogue and exploring beliefs are examples of this. The overall purpose of working with cognitions is:

  • To validate the beliefs and understandings of children and parents when these are consistent with their experience
  • To enable children and parents ...
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