A Core Competency Perspective on Family-based Intervention for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Jennifer Allen, David J. Hawes, Cecilia Essau

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The training of mental health practitioners has seen a growing focus on core competencies in recent years in response to the need for guidance in the implementation of evidence-based treatment of mental disorders. This chapter outlines the aims and advantages of a competency-based approach and describes existing models of competencies in the treatment of adults, children and adolescents. For the most part existing models have focused on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) to the exclusion of other evidence-based approaches and have focused on individual therapy at the expense of treatment in which family members are actively involved. We present a novel model of the therapist competencies needed for the effective delivery of evidence-based family interventions for common child and adolescent mental health disorders. The proposed framework provides a potential foundation for curricula planning and assessment in practitioner training, and stands to inform evidence-based practice guidelines and future research into professional development
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFamily-based Intervention for Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Core Competencies Approach
EditorsJennifer L. Allen, David J. Hawes, Cecilia Essau
PublisherCambridge: Cambridge University Press.
ISBN (Print)9781108706063
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2021


  • competence
  • training
  • dissemination
  • child and adolescent
  • professional development
  • clinical skill
  • cognitive behaviour therapy

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