Childhood Depression

Childhood Depression

by Martha C. Tompson

Series: Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice - Volume 54

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ISBN: 9780889375185
2024, viii/132 pages

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Childhood Depression

An evidence-based guide to the assessment and treatment of childhood depression with a focus on a family-based approach

  • Up-to-date overview of the evidence-base
  • Step-by-step guidance of a family-focused treatment
  • Downloadable handouts for clinical practice

This volume in the Advances in Psychotherapy series provides the reader with an up-to-date, evidence-based introduction to the assessment and treatment of childhood depression, including major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation, and adjustment disorders. After exploring the latest knowledge on the diagnosis, course, theories, and contributing factors of childhood depression, the author presents a step-by-step description of family-focused treatment for childhood depression (FFT-CD), which integrates CBT and family therapy goals.

Treatments for depression that work well for adolescents and adults cannot simply be extended to children as their cognitive capabilities are not as fully developed nor stable. FFT-CD focuses on positive and supportive parent–child interactions that support the development of a positive self, helping parents provide the child with additional positive feedback on their developmentally appropriate achievements, and enhancing child and family coping. Downloadable resources include numerous FFT-CD handouts for children and parents. This text should be particularly useful to child or school psychologists, marriage and family therapists, child psychiatrists and anyone working with depressed youth and their families.

Praise for the book

“The bad news is that childhood depression is on the rise. The good news is that Dr. Tompson has built upon her expertise as a childhood depression researcher, clinician, and educator to create an invaluable resource for clinicians. I highly recommend this book to all therapists who work with depressed children!”
Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP, Director, Academic Affairs and Research Development at Nationwide Children's Hospital Big Lots Behavioral Health Services, Columbus, OH; Emerita Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

“This book is an extremely timely and state-of-the-art resource for any clinician seeking a comprehensive and user-friendly guide to the nature, assessment, and treatment of childhood depression. Written by one of the world’s premier experts in childhood depression, this text helps readers understand why a developmentally informed, evidence-based, family-focused treatment approach is an indispensable tool for strengthening and supporting children with depression and their families. The inclusion of step-by-step descriptions of how to implement the treatment intervention, combined with illustrative case examples, will equip clinicians with powerful tools for helping youth return to healthier functioning during a critical period of development. The additional resources, games, and therapy handouts make this much more than a book – it is an essential tool for anyone working with depressed children and their families, and I highly recommend it!”
Donna B. Pincus, PhD, CAS Feld Family Professor of Teaching Excellence, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University, MA

“This thoughtful volume describes an excellent empirically validated, family-centered approach to treating depression in school-aged children developed by the author and her colleagues and outlines how to carry out therapy, session by session. It also presents the theoretical framework guiding the work and describes the impressive empirical research on which it is based. It is rich in clinical wisdom and insight and will provide excellent guidance to those wanting to use this approach. More generally it provides a valuable resource for those interested in depression in children and how to treat it.”
William R. Beardslee, MD, Director, Baer Prevention Initiatives, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

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