Therapeutic Exercises for Children: Guided Self-Discovery Using Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques

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This book, along with Therapeutic Exercises For Children: Professional Guide, presents an empirically-supported program for helping anxious and depressed children.

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.

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Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9781568870656
Page count: 154
Recommended Ages: Ages 8 through 11
Grade Level: Grades 3 through 6
Printed in: USA
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