Family-based Intervention for Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Core Competencies Approach

Jennifer Allen, David J. Hawes, Cecilia Essau

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The most effective treatments for child and adolescent psychopathology are often family-based, in that they emphasise the active involvement of family members beyond the referred individual. This book details the clinical skills, knowledge, and attitudes that form the core competencies for the delivery of evidence-based family interventions for a broad range of problems including anxiety, conduct problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, sleep, and eating disorders. A further focus concerns clinical approaches to working with diverse families, and those of children affected by parental psychopathology, child maltreatment and family violence. Using practical case examples, leading experts on the treatment of these problems address questions such as: (1) What are the most important therapist competencies for achieving successful outcomes? (2) What role do those competencies play in more severe/complex cases? (3) What aspects of those competencies are commonly misunderstood by therapists? (4) How can therapists best develop and enhance such competencies?
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Number of pages312
ISBN (Print)9781108706063
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • training
  • dissemination
  • core competencies
  • Child and adolescent
  • parenting
  • cognitive behaviour therapy
  • professional development
  • clinical skill
  • Family interventions


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