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.

Setting the Right Context

Setting the right context

This chapter will focus on ensuring that the therapy is being delivered in an appropriate context and will include appropriate ethical practice, working with parents and working with schools.

All the sections in the remaining chapters in Part 2 follow a four-part format.

  • Description of the core skill or competency. The specific competency will be explained and examples of techniques and dialogue that may be used will be provided. Our intention is to try to provide a realistic balance of examples of practice which had a positive outcome alongside situations where techniques may have been less effective in supporting change.
  • Explaining the competency to a child. Hypothetical dialogue between a therapist and a child aged 8 to 9 is presented to ...
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