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Pseudoscience in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: A Skeptical Field Guide

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Stephen Hupp

  • Pseudoscience in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

334 pages
ISBN: 9781316626955

Most infants, children, and adolescents facing mental health challenges - including autism, psychosis, mania, depression, anxiety, and substance use - do not receive evidence-based treatments. Instead, they commonly receive ineffective and even harmful treatments.

In this book, leading experts from the fields of clinical psychology, school psychology, developmental psychology, paediatric neurology, applied behaviour analysis, and social work identify the most problematic psychotherapy interventions used for each mental health issue. In addition to these primary authors, each chapter includes a side bar from a specialist representing the disciplines of paediatrics, anthropology, neuroscience, and psychology. The contributors work in academia, hospitals, and private practice and include book authors, podcasters, and even a filmmaker. Not only does this book highlight the threats of potentially harmful pseudoscience, it also summarises treatments that actually have a strong evidence base and deliver far more positive results.

  • Reviews questionable, ineffective, and harmful treatments and provides evidence-based alternatives
  • Includes side bars from interdisciplinary science communicators
  • Informs readers on which treatments to avoid and which treatments actually work

Table of Contents

  1. Critical thinking about psychotherapy Stephen Hupp, Jean Mercer, Bruce A. Thyer and Monica Pignotti
  2. Intellectual and adaptive functioning Elizabeth M. Kryszak, Jessica F. Scherr and James A. Mulick
  3. Autism spectrum Jessica F. Scherr, Elizabeth M. Kryszak and James A Mulick
  4. Inattention and hyperactivity Christine A. Lee and Richard Milich
  5. Learning Zachary LaBrot and Brad Dufrene
  6. Tics Michael B. Himle and Brianna Wellen
  7. Psychosis Rachel Waford and Carina A. Iati
  8. Bipolar spectrum Guillermo Perez Algorta and Eric Youngstrom
  9. Depression Thomas J. Huberty
  10. Anxiety Bruce A. Thyer and Monica Pignotti
  11. Obsessions and compulsions Monica Pignotti and Bruce A. Thyer
  12. Trauma and attachment Jean Mercer
  13. Feeding Linda J. Cooper-Brown, MaryLouise E. Kerwin and Keith E. Williams
  14. Eating Frances Bozsik, Brooke Bennett, Emily Stefano, Brooke Whisenhunt and Danae Hudson
  15. Toileting Michael I. Axelrod and Joseph P. Deegan
  16. Sleep Stephanie Jackson and Sarah Morsbach Honaker
  17. Disruptive behavior and conduct Jeremy Jewell, Madison Schoen, Sydney Thompson, Emily Fischer and Sarah Conoyer
  18. Substance use Mariann Suarez
  19. Earthings and skeptical psychology Stephen Hupp and Kathleen Dyer.