Synopses & Reviews
Though acceptance and mindfulness interventions have proven enormously effective for adults with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, they have not been fully documented for use with children and adolescents. And yet they are a natural fit for children's therapy-the focus on acceptance and mindfulness builds children's psychological flexibility, and the values component of these methods helps young people learn to set goals and take action to achieve them.
The chapters in Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents show how to modify third-wave behavioral and cognitive therapy methods for the treatment of children and adolescents. This book also considers the early evidence for the adaptability and effectiveness of these methods. Edited by two luminaries in the field of third-wave behavior therapy, these essays will be invaluable in helping young patients reap the benefits of acceptance and mindfulness approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
- Learn how ACT, DBT, MBCT, and MBSR can be used with young people and their families
- Discover recent third-wave behavior therapy research
- Explore the practice issues that arise when acceptance and mindfulness techniques are used with children and adolescents
- Find out how to put these techniques to work in your own practice
To date, resources specifically for traumatized teens have not been readily available, despite the fact that many experience traumatic events during childhood and into their teen years. This book, The PTSD Workbook for Teens, offers much-needed information aimed at the special needs of this population. Author Libbi Palmer addresses the main after-effects of trauma and offers practical information and worksheets to help teen readers work through their symptoms and reestablish safety, personal control, and positive self-esteem. I highly recommend it.”
Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, psychologist and author of Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder, and The Treatment of Complex Trauma
Palmer has a powerful grasp on the needs of teenagers and a user-friendly approach to trauma recovery. This workbook provides hands-on tools, easily accessible by a teen working through trauma alone, or for treatment providers looking for a framework to help adolescent clients overcome trauma. Work through this book and find a road to peace.”
Ambra Born, PsyD, Director of child psychological services at Reaching HOPE in Lakewood, CO
Palmer has provided teens with a terrific resource to understand, process, and heal from trauma. The book is quite comprehensive but easy to use, and gives teens the power to choose at what level they want to work through their issues. These are techniques that really work to help teens move on from bad experiences and feel better.”
Carrie Merscham, PsyD, psychologist and author of the blog selfhelponthego.com
"A timely and impressive compilation of state-of-the-art-approaches for teaching acceptance and mindfulness to younger populations."
—Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., C.Psych., Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy and professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Toronto and author of Ther Mindful Way Through Depression
"This is an absolutely outstanding book on applications of acceptance and mindfulness treatments to physical and mental health problems of children and adolescents. Impressive in its scope and the quality of the contributors, the book provides a broad, comprehensive, and cutting-edge examination of acceptance and mindfulness treatments with children and adolescents. The material in the book is presented in a clear, comprehensive manner, with excellent references and follow-up sources provided. Especially of interest are the applications of acceptance and mindfulness treatments to specific populations (e.g., children with anxiety, externalizing disorders, chronic pain, etc.), as well as to broad social contexts (e.g., parents, schools, primary care settings). Overall, this unique book provides excellent coverage of key issues and will be an important and valuable resource for today’s child health professionals. This book is a "must read" for professionals in child health and mental heath who wish to understand and use mindfulness treatments in clinical research or practice."
—Annette M. La Greca, PhD, ABPP Cooper Fellow and professor of psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Miami and editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
"For the reader interested in acceptance and mindfulness in children and adolescents, this book is the definitive work on what is happening now and what is on the horizon."
—Bruce F. Chorpita, PhD, professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Modular Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Childhood Anxiety Disorders
"Greco and Hayes’ innovative book on acceptance and mindfulness treatments for children and adolescents is an invaluable new resource for students and faculty. Readers will appreciate the broad coverage and creative applications of acceptance and mindfulness treatments in specialized populations (e.g., anxiety disorders, chronic pain, etc.), and settings (e.g., primary care and schools). This book provides a foundation for practice and research in an important new area."
—Dennis Drotar, PhD, professor of pediatrics and director of the Center for the Promotion of Adherence and Self-Management in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
"This groundbreaking volume is an important step to developing acceptance and mindfulness treatments for children and adolescents. The book highlights the many conceptual and practical challenges in extending this approach from adults to children and families. Chapters present leading-edge coverage of a range of child problems and contexts and include many rich examples of how these approaches can be developed and tested. This book will be of high interest to practitioners and students from a wide range of disciplines who wish to expand their work in new and creative ways. By grounding the development and testing of acceptance and mindfulness treatments in empirical science, there is great potential to improve on current approaches to child and family treatments and more broadly to influence cultural change."
—Eric J. Mash, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Calgary
“This outstanding, state-of-the-art treatment program is an essential resource for all clinicians helping all adolescents reclaim and rebuild their lives after the devastating effects of trauma and addiction.”
—Kim T. Mueser, PhD, director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and professor of occupational therapy, psychology, and psychiatry at Boston University
“The world is witnessing an explosion of mindfulness possibilities, but mindfulness is not a generic, one-size-fits-all fix. The process and delivery of a mindfulness-based program demands subtle adjustments in dosage and approach, including knowledge about how mindfulness practice may impact specific populations. Fortuna and Vallejo bring mature experience and deep wisdom to the task. By blending mindfulness with therapeutic interventions, such as cognitive restructuring and motivational interviewing (among others), this guide is a trustworthy companion in meeting your adolescent clients in skillful, responsive, and life-affirming ways.”
—Lynn Koerbel, MPH, associate director of the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and teacher of MBSR since 2005
“Adolescents with complex trauma lack a basic sense of safety in the world and an understanding of others as responsive and trustworthy. It is through relationship that we develop the capacity to be seen and to be known. This wonderful guide helps teens restore safety and predictability within their bodies, a sense of agency in the world, and an understanding of themselves as worthy of care.”
—David Schouela, staff yoga teacher at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (JRI), Brookline, MA
“As a father, it is very comforting to know that two very dedicated, wise, and loving clinicians have written a hands-on treatment manual for adolescents living with PTSD and addiction. The practices of mindfulness have the power to transform and heal the wounded heart. Thank you, Lisa and Zayda, for loving and caring for our children.”
—Bob Stahl, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living with Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Every Day
“This book is just what I was looking for to assist me in my work with adolescents struggling with PTSD and substance abuse. What I really appreciated was that the authors offer clear and useful solutions for working with teens that may never have practiced any type of self-soothing techniques. Not only does the book provide concrete explanations of strategies such as mindfulness and meditations, but it also gives step-by-step guidelines as to how to implement them into my practice. As a social worker in an urban middle school, this book has given me intervention techniques that will assist the students so that they can calm down to the point that they are able to identify the underlying feelings that are causing them to act out in school.”
—Stacy L. Homan, LICSW, School Adjustment Counselor, Worcester East Middle School, Worcester, MA
In The PTSD Workbook for Teens, a trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specialist offers worksheets and exercises to help teens recover from traumatic events and symptoms of PTSD, such as insomnia, flashbacks, hypervigilance, and depression. This workbook is based in evidence-based treatments for PTSD, including trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
If you have traumatic memories from an extremely upsetting, stressful, or painful experience in your life, you are not alone. In fact, many young people have been exposed to traumatic events. As a result, you might have lingering flashbacks, trouble sleeping, or a constant feeling that you are in danger. These are common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Based in cognitive behavioral therapy, this user-friendly workbook for teens with PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties will help you work through your experience and make sense of your thoughts and feelings. The book includes worksheets and activities to help you reestablish a sense of safety, gain control over your emotions, make peace with your traumatic experience, and reconnect with a positive sense of self. If you are ready to start recovering from traumatic memories and take back your life, the PTSD Workbook for Teens will show you the way.
For many teens, trauma can lead to problems with addiction. Now, for the first time ever, two mental health experts offer a powerful, integrative program to effectively treat teens with these often co-occurring issues. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulnesstwo proven-effective therapies for addiction and mental health issuesTreating Co-occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction is essential for anyone working with this high-risk population.
Research has shown that, for many teens, trauma can lead to addiction. Now, for the first time ever, two mental health experts offer a powerful, integrative program to effectively treat teens with these co-occurring issues.
Trauma and addiction often present side by side. However, up until now, clinicians have lacked the tools needed to treat these two issues together. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulnesstwo proven-effective therapies for addiction and mental health issuesTreating Co-occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction is essential for anyone working with adolescents with addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Developed and researched explicitly for dual diagnosis adolescent clients, this book provides a range of mindfulness practices and tools to help your client be present in what he or she is experiencinginstead of slipping into a pattern of avoidance. In addition, the cognitive behavioral strategies can help adolescents who are at risk of recurrent trauma, and who could therefore benefit from practicing coping strategies to assist them in their current daily situations.
This is a must-have resource for any mental health provider treating adolescents with dual diagnosis of PTSD and addiction.
The essays in Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents—which are edited by two luminaries in the field of third-wave behavior therapy—offer a much-needed adaptation of these revolutionary techniques for young people and their families, providing a wealth of new approaches to therapists, counselors, and other helping professionals.
About the Author
Lisa R. Fortuna, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with over fifteen years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, and families. She is currently faculty at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. She has published highly cited articles in the areas of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adolescent substance abuse, and Latino and immigrant mental health. Fortuna received a K23 Patient Oriented Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop a cognitive behavioral therapy intervention for adolescents with co-occurring trauma and addictions, which formed the basis for this book. She continues to conduct research in post-traumatic stress, depression, and substance abuse, and to develop health services programs for adolescents facing these problems.Zayda Vallejo, MLitt, is a certified senior teacher in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) adjunct faculty at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For a decade and a half, she has provided MBSR training to professionals aspiring to teach and mentor in diverse health settings and to various populations. She has codeveloped customized curricula for mindfulness-based interventions for women in recovery to cope with the myriad of stresses in their lives and for individuals with Tourette’s syndrome. Vallejo has also consulted on neuroscientific studies conducted by Harvard University’s Lazar Lab for Meditation Research.
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, is director of the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a leading international teacher who has helped develop and offer professional trainings for MBSR teachers for over eighteen years. In addition to teaching in the MBSR program, she has offered mindfulness programs to educators, physicians, psychologists, and young adults.