Separation Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Separation Anxiety in Children and Adolescents : An Individualized Approach to Assessment and Treatment

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This unique book presents a research-based approach to understanding the challenges of separation anxiety and helping children, adolescents, and their parents build the skills they need to overcome it. The authors provide step-by-step guidelines for implementing the entire process of therapy--from intake and assessment through coping skills training, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and relapse prevention. Featuring in-depth case examples, the book is written for maximum accessibility for all clinicians, including those with limited cognitive-behavioral therapy experience, who treat separation anxiety and other childhood anxiety disorders. Useful reproducibles include the Separation Anxiety Assessment Scales, which facilitate individualized case formulation and treatment planning.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 17.8mm | 430.92g
  • Guilford Publications
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 159385482X
  • 9781593854829
  • 155,740

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'Rarely has a book achieved this perfect blend of research and practice. This is truly the epitome of evidence-based practice. The authors have taken the very real and difficult problem of separation anxiety and provided the reader with an excellent manual for assessment and integrated treatment... What I found most informative was the blending of different therapeutic techniques.' - APA PsycCRITIQUES 'This is an excellent resource for the office-based practitioner working with anxious youth and their parents. Refreshingly, the authors do not embrace the medical model, and place a higher value on skill acquisition and problem mastery than on symptom relief using medications.' - American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry Newsletter 'Eisen and Schaefer have produced a near-perfect treatment manual for intervention with separation and related anxiety disorders. They take empirically validated approaches and show how to apply them to real, everyday cases, and successfully adapt them to the individual child, presenting problem, and family context.' - Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University, USA

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About Charles E. Schaefer

Andrew R. Eisen, PhD, and Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, both at: School of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ, USA

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Table of contents

Barlow, Foreword. Part I: Introduction. The Nature of Separation Anxiety. Development of Separation Anxiety. Part II: A Prescriptive Approach to Assessment and Treatment. Assessing Separation Anxiety. Part III: Teaching Child Coping Skills. Child Coping Skills I: It's Time to Relax. Child Coping Skills II. You Are What You Think. Part IV: Teaching Parent Coping Skills. Parent Coping Skills I: Understanding My Child's Separation Anxiety. Parent Coping Skills II: Managing My Child's Separation Anxiety. Part V: Confronting Separation Anxiety. Structuring the Treatment Sessions: Skills Building, Hierarchy Development, and Treatment Planning. Negotiating Fear of Being Alone: Being Alone and Sleeping Alone. Negotiating Fear of Being Abandoned: School, Camp, and Other Settings. Part VI: Navigating the Obstacle Course. Staying in Control: Managing Pitfalls and Relapse. Appendix A. Assessment Instruments. Appendix B. Handouts.

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