The Guided Self-Discovery Workbook contains 18 exercises which focus on specific cognitive-behavioral skill sets for increasing the coping skills of depressed and anxious children. Each exercise contains "Guidelines for Therapists", "Tips for Children", and the exercise itself. The exercises can be photocopied and adapted for use with your clients in both individual and group treatment. These exercises guide children in identifying their stressors, encourage active experimentation with new ways of thinking and doing, and help them develop new skills for effectively dealing with events in their lives.
Reviews "Therapeutic Exercises for Children provide excellent guidelines and concrete experiential techniques for working with depressed and anxious children. They distill and adapt the essential strategies of cognitive behavior therapy, translating abstract concepts into an appealing, easy-to-grasp format. These books will be quite helpful to a wide range of professionals who work with children, from therapists to teachers." -Judith S. Beck, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research
"The authors are to be congratulated for extending evidence-based cognitive-behavioral procedures and devising new, creative, and imaginative therapeutic exercises for use with children. Simply put- this is therapy that will 'work' and be fun at the same time." -Wendy K. Silverman, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child and Family Psychosocial Research Center, Florida International University
Table of Contents Dedications Acknowledgements Introduction Self-Monitoring Exercises Exercise 1: Diamond Connections Exercise 2: PANDY Coloring Sheet Exercise 3: PANDY Fun Diary Exercise 4: Memory Jogger Exercise 5: My Mouse Traps and PANDY Fix-It Exercise 6: Bubble Up Your Fear Exercise 7: Catching Feelings and Thoughts Priming Exercises Exercise 8: Permanent or Temporary Exercise 9: Sticks and Stones Exercise 10: Many Meanings Self-Instructional Methods Exercise 11: Me/Not Me Exercise 12: Changing Your Tune Exercise 13: Tease Whiz Exercise 14: Surf The Angry Sea Techniques Requiring More In-Depth Rational Analysis Exercise 15: Clue Snooping Exercise 16: Real or False Alarms Exercise 17: Breaking the Crystal Ball Exercise 18: Thought Digger References
About the Authors Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, is an Associate Professor on the core faculty of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. He directs the predoctoral internship training program and the Preventing Anxiety and Depression in Youth (PANDY) Program, where many of these exercises were developed. His area of expertise is cognitive-behavioral therapy with children. He has published numerous articles and serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals.
Barbara A. Friedberg, MS, is President of Cognitive Therapy Enterprises. Her work emphasizes finding ways to make cognitive behavior therapy with children.
Rebecca J. Friedberg is currently in the 6th grade. Her principle areas of interest are writing, reading, tennis, riding bicycles. She enjoyed adding her voice to the text material and worksheets so they can more fully speak to children. This is her first published work.