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James Pretzer February 19th, 2007 08:19 PM

CBT with Children and Adolescents (CA in May, MT in June)
CBT provides an effective approach to treatment for many children, adolescents, and families. However, this does not mean that we can simply take the treatment protocols we use with adults and apply them with kids. In order to be effective, we need to modify standard CBT techniques to make them child-friendly and we need to deal with issues that we may not need to address with adult clients.

In addition to moderating this forum and running a private practice, I provide advanced training in CBT locally, regionally, and nationally. I'll be presenting a series of one-day workshops on CBT with children and adolescents, starting with three workshops in California this May and two workshops in Montana this June.

For a brochure with information about the California workshops, go to this link and for information about the Montana Workshops, go to this link .

With any luck, I'll be presenting additional workshops on this topic in the future. Stay tuned for future developments.

James Pretzer February 22nd, 2007 08:44 PM

Evidence-Based Treatments for Children and Adolescents are Superior to Usual Care
A recent meta-analysis examined published studies and unpublished dissertations in which participants aged 3-18 were randomly assigned to either an evidence-based treatment (EBT) or usual care (UC). The results indicated that, overall, the EBTs were superior to UC. While this study included a number of EBTs which are not cognitive-behavioral as well as a number of cognitive-behavioral EBTs, many of the treatments that showed the largest effect-sizes were cognitive-behavioral. These included: Multi-Systemic Therapy, Problem-solving Training, Parent Management Training, Cognitive Self-Instruction Training, and Motivational Interviewing.
Weisz, J. R., Jensen-Doss, A., & Hawley, K. M. (2006). Evidence-based youth psychotherapies versus usual care: A meta-analysis of direct comparisons. American Psychologist, 61, 671-689.

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