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Emotion regulation difficulties are central to a range of clinical problems, yet many therapies for children and adolescents lack a focus on emotion and related skills. In a flexible modular format, this much-needed book presents cutting-edge strategies for helping children and adolescents understand and manage challenging emotional experiences. Each of the eight treatment modules can be used on its own or in conjunction with other therapies, and includes user-friendly case examples, sample dialogues, and engaging activities and games. Emotion-informed assessment and case conceptualization are also addressed. Reproducible handouts can be photocopied from the book or downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
Michael A. Southam-Gerow, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Co-Director of the Anxiety Clinic at VCU, and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Psychology. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Southam-Gerow's research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for mental health problems in children and adolescents. He also studies treatment integrity, including therapist adherence to and competence in delivering specific treatment models. Dr. Southam-Gerow is the Director of Quality and Performance at PracticeWise, LLC, a company that trains therapists and agencies in evidence-based approaches to children's mental health care. He is the author of dozens of scholarly papers and is on multiple journal review boards.
Table of Contents
I. Background on Emotions and Emotion Regulation
2. Conceptual Background: The Science of Emotions
3. Emotion-Related Assessment
4. Case Conceptualization: Using Functional Analysis to Define Problems and Identify Targets for Intervention
5. Treatment Planning: Combining Functional Analysis and Modularity
6. Final Considerations: Caregivers, Culture, and Engaging Challenging Clients
II. Treatment Modules
Module 1. Emotion Awareness Skills
Module 2. Emotion Understanding Skills
Module 3. Empathy Skills
Module 4. Emotion Regulation Skills I: Prevention Skills
Module 5. Emotion Regulation Skills II: Mastery
Module 6. Emotion Regulation Skills III: Expression Skills
Module 7. Emotion Regulation Skills IV: Basic Cognitive Skills
Module 8. Emotion Regulation Skills V: Emotion-Specific Cognitive Skills