on 7 July 2013
This is a great book for beginners to advanced clinicians wanting to know more about CBT and how to use with children and young people. It explores how to assess whether CBT as a treatment intervention is appropriate and also explores step-by-step formulations- from simple to complex formulations as well as inductive reasoning (exploring child's belief and perspectives of their worry and helping them to explore alternative ways of problem solving). It also has a chapter on exploring how to involve parents in their child's therapy and another chapter on how to adapt CBT for children. This book also has Psycho-educational material situated at the back of the book and is also available online in colour to print. Unlike the first edition in this series, the whole of this book is not available online, just the coloured materials to use in sessions.
As a mental health clinician who has not studied CBT, I found this book to be very helpful and has further contributed to my clinical skills. However, as a novice at CBT, I felt that hadn't I read a previous introductory book on CBT by Westbrook et al., that this book would have been somewhat confusing to me but that could just be me. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this book to those who either want to learn about CBT and how to use this with children and young people or to those who simply feel de-skilled and just need a top-up on what they have learnt.
on 10 February 2013
This is a superbly written and useful guide for delivering CBT interventions with young people, and so if that's what you're looking for then I can't recommend it enough.
It is the accompanying text to 'Think Good Feel Good', which is also a brilliant book, although with the cost of both amounting to over £50 it is expensive, which I do feel is a little unfair considering there's no reduced price for buying the two together.
This Clinicians Guide much like its sibling text may well work as a stand-alone investment, so either one of them may be purchased on their own, and be undoubtedly useful in their own right.
The major differences between the two is that where as 'Think Good Feel Good' provides a wealth of useful, printable resources and information for those wishing to adopt a CBT approach in their work with young people, which could/would undoubtedly prove adaptable and useful for a range of presenting issues, the Clinicians Guide provides a much more comprehensive overview of the skills, techniques and theory relevant to CBT, that individuals may or may not wish to incorporate into their practice depending on what level of work they're delivering.
Everything ranging from really simple to more complex formulations, assessment, and Socratic questioning, to basic core conditions such as empathy are included in here, and all written in the really accessible, fluid style that Paul Stallard does so well.
The online resources are great, consisting of formulation sheets to 'what is CBT?' information sheets, all really child and young people friendly which saves you having to make your own.
For students of CBT who are already working with, and familiar with young people and CBT theory and practice, I would say that this text alone will be enough without the other, and even go so far as to call it required reading that will prove invaluable.
on 5 February 2013
Really very good book. Easy to follow, resources are nicely adapted for use with a younger audience and readily available on line to print as many copies as you like and it really works - been using this at work with mental health issues in children and young people for a long time and finally bought my own copy. I find this approach to addressing all 'negative emotions' a far more effective piece of work for young people than your standard low mood, anxiety, anger management, self harm specific resources, as this uses CBT, a tried, tested and proven effective methodology. I can not recommend this book highly enough to anyone working with troubled children and young people!