Treatments That Work With Children: Empirically Supported Strategies for Managing Childhood Problems, Second Edition

Pages: 282
Item #: 4317305
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1304-7
List Price: $49.95
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Copyright: 2013
Format: Hardcover
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Since the first edition of this book, empirically supported treatments for children's mental health and medical problems have grown from a mere research interest to the expected — and often mandated — standard of care. This book helps busy clinicians and trainees make informed choices about which interventions have the best record of success with the childhood problem they are treating.

Eight comprehensive and engaging chapters cover how to assess and treat the most common behavioral disorders in children: disruptive behavior, anxiety and depression, habit disorders (such as tics and thumbsucking), sleep disorders, encopresis, nocturnal enuresis, the treatment of pain, and adherence to medical regimens.

Because patient education is key to successful treatment, summaries and handouts add practicality to the book. With its balanced mix of clinical wisdom and research evidence, is an essential addition to the libraries of both pediatricians and mental health practitioners.

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits, Tables, and Figures



  1. Diagnosis and Management of Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  2. Diagnosis and Management of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders
  3. Diagnosis and Management of Habit Disorders and Tics
  4. Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Problems
  5. Diagnosis and Management of Encopresis
  6. Diagnosis and Management of Nocturnal Enuresis
  7. Assessment and Management of Pediatric Pain
  8. Management of Adherence to Pediatric Medical Regimens



About the Authors

Author Bios

Edward R. Christophersen, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine and a staff psychologist at the Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics in Kansas City. He received his doctorate in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas in 1970 and held faculty appointments in pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center and at the Departments of Psychology and Human Development in Lawrence, Kansas.

In 1984, Dr. Christophersen was elected a fellow of APA Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology). In 1997, he was board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In 1998, he was elected an honorary fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics for his unique and substantial contributions to child health.

In 1974, Dr. Christophersen established a distinguished research and clinical program in behavioral pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center, which he moved to the Children's Mercy Hospital in 1988. His research and clinical findings have been published in more than 190 journal articles, edited books, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

He has popularized treatments that work with children in more than 430 television and radio interviews and more than 320 print interviews.

He has served as a reviewer or technical advisor on many federal grant study sections and task forces, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Bright Futures (American Academy of Pediatrics), and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition — Primary Care Version.

He has offered more than 500 talks at continuing education workshops and symposia at international, national, and regional meetings for trainees, psychologists, and pediatricians.

Susan Mortweet VanScoyoc, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist in primary care at Pediatric Associates of Iowa City and Coralville, serving families in southeastern Iowa. She is also on the faculty of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix.

Dr. VanScoyoc received her doctorate in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas in 1996 and previously held a faculty appointment as associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine. She was also a staff psychologist at the Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, providing clinical care for children and families in the medical inpatient and outpatient settings.

Dr. VanScoyoc was board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2003.

Dr. Christophersen and Dr. VanScoyoc are frequent authors for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. They have also published a book for parents through APA, Parenting That Works: Building Skills That Last a Lifetime. The book has been translated into Icelandic and Korean, increasing the impact of the authors' work on the lives of children and families around the world.

Reviews & Awards

The authors have succeeded in writing a comprehensive review of the evidence for treatment of the most common behavioral issues seen in practice.
Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

An accessible resource for mental health professionals across disciplines as well as physicians, this book represents an important advancement in the field of psychology: Evidence-based psychotherapy treatments are being disseminated to those who could use them.

This is a worthwhile book and to be recommended for use by mental health clinicians who would like to have a comprehensive book that is not a heavy tome.
—The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Treatments That Work With Children is a strong contribution to the child clinical psychology literature and as well, should have an impact in the fields of pediatric behavioral medicine and health psychology. If you are a psychologist working in a hospital or affiliated with pediatric clinics, please refer the book to your physician colleagues. Among many books about childhood problems, this one stands out because it has great multidisciplinary appeal and commitment to a scientist-practitioner model of professional training and practice.
New England Psychologist