Treating Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents: A Clinician's Guide

Treating Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents: A Clinician's Guide

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Grounded in decades of research and the clinical care of thousands of depressed and suicidal teens, this highly accessible book will enhance the skills of any therapist who works with this challenging population. The authors describe the nuts and bolts of assessing clients and crafting individualized treatment plans that combine cognitive and behavioral techniques, emotion regulation interventions, family involvement, and antidepressant medication. Illustrated with many clinical examples, each chapter includes a concise overview and key points. Reproducible treatment planning forms and client handouts can also be downloaded and printed by purchasers in a convenient full-page size.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606239582
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/16/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

David A. Brent, MD, is Academic Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and holds an Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies. He is Director of Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center), a clinical service for depressed and suicidal teens. Dr. Brent has conducted some of the most important work on the risk factors for depression and suicidal behavior in adolescents, and has successfully translated that work into the development and testing of effective pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions. He has received research awards from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American Association of Suicidology, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Psychiatric Association.  Kimberly D. Poling, LCSW, is Clinical Program Manager at the STAR-Center. She has been involved in developing and implementing treatment protocols, training, and supervising cognitive therapists, both in Pittsburgh and throughout the country, and is an expert in the areas of cognitive therapy, diagnostic assessment, and suicide risk assessment. She has also served as a faculty member at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and in the Department of Psychology and Education of the University of Pittsburgh.  Tina R. Goldstein, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests focus on the development and testing of psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents with and at risk for mood disorders, as well as the prevention and treatment of suicidal behavior in youth. She has expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Adolescent Depression: An Overview of Assessment and Treatment2. Assessment and Treatment of Suicidal Ideation and Behavior3. Important Components of Effective Treatment4. Getting Started5. Chain Analysis and Treatment Planning6. Behavioral Activation and Emotion Regulation7. Cognitive Restructuring, Problem Solving, and Enhancing Interpersonal Skills8. Treatment-Resistant Depression9. Getting Well and Staying Well: Consolidation and Maintenance Treatment10. Forward!Annotated Bibliography


Mental health professionals who work with adolescents, including clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, counselors, and psychiatrists. May serve as a text in graduate-level courses.

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