CBT Strategies for Anxious and Depressed Children and Adolescents

A Clinician's Toolkit

Eduardo L. Bunge, Javier Mandil, Andrés J. Consoli, and Martín Gomar
Foreword by Bruce F. Chorpita

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April 21, 2017
ISBN 9781462528998
Price: $35.00
326 Pages
Size: 8" x 10½"
March 24, 2017
Price: $35.00
326 Pages
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326 Pages

In a large-size format for easy photocopying, this book provides 167 engaging full-color reproducible tools for use in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with 7- to 18-year-olds. Beautifully designed handouts and worksheets are presented for each phase of treating anxiety and depression, organized in a state-of-the-art modular framework that encourages therapeutic flexibility. Introductions to each module offer vital clinical pointers and describe when and how to use the various forms, illustrated with vivid case examples. The authors provide tips for sequencing treatment, troubleshooting common difficulties, and addressing developmental and cultural considerations. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible handouts and worksheets.

“Bunge, Mandil, Consoli, and Gomar have provided us with an excellent review of CBT strategies as they apply to working with children and adolescents. The book is presented as a clinician’s tool kit and well lives up to its billing, providing a comprehensive, thorough, easy-to-use, and empirically supported group of activities for this population….This would be a very valuable textbook to use in any graduate course, whether in psychology, social work, or psychiatry, dealing with child and adolescent psychopathology and treatment….Highly recommended.”

Child and Family Behavior Therapy

“CBT has earned its empirical chops and is becoming the 'go-to' treatment approach for many practitioners working with depressed and anxious youth. Bunge et al. have produced a practice-friendly addition to the treatment literature. The material is presented in an inviting manner and the reproducible handouts are eye catching.”

—Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director, Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth, Palo Alto University

“This book is a creative compendium for those who work with anxious and depressed youth. It captures the essence of evidence-based treatments and provides therapy materials that are engaging and humorous. It is clear the authors enjoy working with children—the handouts will help busy clinicians and psychotherapy students do the same!”

—Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

“A comprehensive, hands-on volume for clinicians. It explains well-established CBT strategies in an understandable way. Many of the handouts and forms encourage children to think about a hypothetical example before applying the strategy to themselves. I expect that child and adolescent clients will find the exercises easy to use, which has the potential to increase homework compliance. This book is a terrific supplement to textbooks on CBT for anxiety and depression with child and adolescent clients. It will surely be consulted frequently by clinicians.”

—Amy Wenzel, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

“A great resource for providers who have a solid understanding of CBT and are looking for quick and creative ideas for treatment. The transdiagnostic approach makes this book a practical tool for busy clinicians working with school-age children and teens with multiple presenting concerns, and it appropriately emphasizes experiential learning. The fun, inviting illustrations and comic strips are presented in a way that promotes discussion with patients and families. The setup of the book allows for flexibility, as providers can pull out specific handouts and strategies to meet individual patients' needs.”

—Jessica M. McClure, PsyD, coauthor of Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents, Second Edition

“The engaging, creative activities and modular approach allow practitioners to flexibly customize essential components of treatment for individual children. The materials and activities are developmentally appropriate, incorporate humor, and will be appealing to children and adolescents. The authors were mindful to create comics and drawings that are gender inclusive and culturally sensitive. This book can serve as a quick supplemental session-planning resource for professionals with expertise in treatments for anxiety and depression. In addition, the theoretical framework and concise, child-friendly exercises make it an ideal text for training new therapists in applied counseling techniques.”

—Diana Joyce-Beaulieu, PhD, NCSP, School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida

Table of Contents

Working with Anxious and Depressed Children and Adolescents

I. Initial Sessions

Module 1. Let’s Begin!

Module 2. Understanding Our Problems

II. Dealing with Anxiety

Module 3. Psychoeducation for Anxiety

Module 4. Relaxation Strategies

Module 5. Cognitive Strategies for Anxiety

Module 6. Exposure Strategies

Module 7. Strategies for Social Anxiety

III. Dealing with Depression

Module 8. Psychoeducation for Depression

Module 9. Behavioral Activation

Module 10. Cognitive Strategies for Depression: The Role of Negative Thoughts

Module 11. Cognitive Strategies for Depression: Changing Negative Thoughts

Module 12. Problem Solving

Module 13. Social Skills

Module 14. Dealing with Anger

IV. Final Sessions

Module 15. Maintaining the Solutions


About the Authors

Eduardo L. Bunge, PhD, is Professor in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program and Associate Director of the Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health at Palo Alto University in California. He is also Codirector of the Fundación Equipo de Terapia Cognitiva Infantojuvenil (Fundación ETCI), a CBT clinic for children and adolescents in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Javier Mandil, Lic, is Codirector of the Fundación ETCI. He is also Professor of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology and Family Systems Therapy at Favaloro University and a guest lecturer at the Foro Foundation, the College of Psychologists of Buenos Aires, and the University of Flores, Argentina.

Andrés J. Consoli, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also Visiting Professor at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. Dr. Consoli has served as president of the National Latina/o Psychological Association, the Interamerican Society of Psychology, and the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Martín Gomar, Lic, is Director of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de Abordajes Científicos para las Problemáticas de Salud Mental. He is also Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa and a guest lecturer at the WP Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Brazil and at the Fundación CATREC (Argentine Center for Rational Emotive Therapy).


Clinical child/adolescent psychologists, counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, and school psychologists.