Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner's Guide

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Laurie A. Greco, Steven C. Hayes
New Harbinger Publications, Jul 2, 2008 - Psychology - 312 pages

Though acceptance and mindfulness interventions have proven enormously effective for adults with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, they have not been fully documented for use with children and adolescents. And yet they are a natural fit for children's therapy-the focus on acceptance and mindfulness builds children's psychological flexibility, and the values component of these methods helps young people learn to set goals and take action to achieve them.

The chapters in Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents show how to modify third-wave behavioral and cognitive therapy methods for the treatment of children and adolescents. This book also considers the early evidence for the adaptability and effectiveness of these methods. Edited by two luminaries in the field of third-wave behavior therapy, these essays will be invaluable in helping young patients reap the benefits of acceptance and mindfulness approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).

•Learn how ACT, DBT, MBCT, and MBSR can be used with young people and their families
•Discover recent third-wave behavior therapy research
•Explore the practice issues that arise when acceptance and mindfulness techniques are used with children and adolescents
•Find out how to put these techniques to work in your own practice
 

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Contents

Acceptance and Mindfulness for Youth Its Time
3
ThirdWave Behavior Therapies for Children and Adolescents Progress Challenges and Future Directions
15
Assessment of Acceptance and Mindfulness Processes in Youth
37
Treating Anxiety with Mindfulness MindfulnessBased Cognitive Therapy for Children
63
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Pediatric Chronic Pain
89
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents with Borderline Features
115
MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction for SchoolAge Children
139
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Childhood Externalizing Disorders
163
Acceptance Body Image and Health in Adolescence
187
Mindful Parenting An Inductive Search Process
217
Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into Pediatric Primary Care
237
The Role of the Behavioral Consultant in Promoting Acceptance in the Schools
263
Index
287
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Laurie A. Greco, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with more than ten years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, and families. Although early in her career, Greco has already published more than twenty articles and book chapters and has given more than sixty conference presentations. In the past five years, she has conducted some forty workshops and professional trainings at the national and international level on topics germane to acceptance and commitment therapy and behavioral parent training

Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. An author of forty-one books and more than 575 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering, and has developed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)—a powerful therapy method that is useful in a wide variety of areas.

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