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CBT Express: Effective 15-Minute Techniques for Treating Children and Adolescents

by Jessica M. McClure, Robert D. Friedberg, Micaela A. Thordarson and Marisa Keller Guilford Publications
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Offering vital tools for working with 4 to 18 year-olds in a wide range of settings, this book presents engaging cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) activities that can be implemented rapidly and flexibly. Concise chapters guide the provider to quickly identify meaningful points of intervention for frequently encountered clinical concerns, and to teach and model effective strategies. Each intervention includes a summary of the the target age, module, purpose, rationale, materials needed, and expected time for completion, as well as clear instructions and sample dialogues and scripts. In a convenient large-size format, the book features helpful graphics and 55 reproducible handouts and forms. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.


1. Introduction to CBT Express
2. Locating the Treatment Target: Ready . . . Aim . . . Target!
3. Noncompliance
4. Anger
5. Emotion Dysregulation
6. Fears and Worries
7. Sadness and Depression
8. Medical Nonadherence

"Get on the train--you don’t want to miss the CBT Express! This outstanding resource should be within reach of every primary care provider who has the opportunity to provide behavioral support to children, adolescents, and their families. The authors break down complex psychological theory into practical snippets, provide vignettes to facilitate understanding, and describe therapeutic interventions that can be provided in minutes. The tools in this book can make an enormous difference in the life of a child.”--Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine

"In our rapidly changing health care environment, traditional 50-minute weekly therapy sessions are not always practical or feasible. This book addresses this shift in practice by offering numerous examples of quick interventions rooted firmly in CBT research. The illustrative case examples provide clear models for care and demonstrate how to cross the bridge from research to practice. This CBT toolkit will be a go-to resource for those practicing in integrated health settings or other fast-paced clinical environments."--Jennifer Shroff Pendley, PhD, Chief Psychologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

"Filling a void in the field, this volume details evidence-based CBT interventions for youth in a user friendly, efficient way. The brevity and focus of the book make it perfect for use in an array of front-line settings. Helping to disseminate effective interventions more broadly, this is a book that all CBT practitioners should have. An important, unique contribution."--Eric A. Storch, PhD, McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair and Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

“The authors’ approach is unique in their ability to boil down theoretically sound interventions into doable steps for providers in different roles and professions. While a background in CBT is helpful, it’s not essential: the stand-alone strategies are well described with case examples, worksheets, and illustrations. The text clearly describes what the professional can say and do....Although many CBT books are available, CBT Express is truly different, focusing on quick and easy-to-implement CBT interventions to address symptoms while maintaining the theoretical basis and strong evidence base of CBT.“--from the Foreword by Judith S. Beck, PhD, President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

“An excellent book for practitioners and students at all stages of professional development. McClure, Friedberg, Thordarson, and Keller share their expertise in this novel work on research-based therapy with youth. They describe efficient, effective interventions in a clear and concise writing style. Rich with clinical examples and interactive handouts and forms, this is a handy guide for day-to-day practice, training, and supervision.”--Nikolaos Kazantzis, PhD, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit, School of Psychological Sciences and Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University, Australia
Jessica M. McClure, PsyD, is Clinical Director of the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. McClure has presented, written articles and book chapters, and provided training in cognitive-behavioral therapy with children and adolescents, including those with anxiety, depression, and behavioral disorders. She is coauthor of CBT Express: Effective 15-Minute Techniques for Treating Children and Adolescents, Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents, Second Edition, and Cognitive Therapy Techniques for Children and Adolescents: Tools for Enhancing Practice.


Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, is Full Professor and Head of the Child Emphasis Area at Palo Alto University. Previously, he directed the CBT Clinic for Children and Adolescents and the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Friedman served as an Extramural Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is coauthor of CBT Express: Effective 15-Minute Techniques for Treating Children and Adolescents, Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents, Second Edition, and Cognitive Therapy Techniques for Children and Adolescents: Tools for Enhancing Practice.


Micaela A. Thordarson, PhD, is Program Supervisor of the adolescent intensive outpatient program at Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange, California. Dr. Thordarson supervises trainees in the implementation of cognitive-behavioral interventions across a variety of clinical contexts.


Marisa Keller, PhD, is a clinical psychologist on the cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) teams at Cadence Child and Adolescent Therapy in Kirkland, Washington. She is a board-certified DBT clinician. Dr. Keller's areas of specialty with children, adolescents, and their families include emotion dysregulation, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and behavior, and parent training.