by Martha C. Tompson
Series: Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice - Volume 53
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A compact, evidence-based overview of assessing and treating childhood depression
This volume provides the reader with an up-to-date, evidence-based introduction to the assessment and treatment of childhood depression. 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).
Treatments for depression that work well for adolescents and adults can not simply be extended to children as their cognitive capabilities are not as fully developed nor stable. FFT-CD was specifically designed to address the developmental needs of school-aged children and their parents, with the emphasis on fostering positive and supportive parent–child interactions, helping parents provide the child with positive feedback on developmentally appropriate achievements, and enhancing child and family coping. Downloadable resources include numerous FFT-CD handouts for children and parents.