Training Parents and Kids Together
Transforming Behavior
Special Education
For use with children 8–12 and their parents, this proven, flexible, and cost-effective group therapy program is the perfect way to address challenging behavior and social skills development and improve the lives of whole families.
Paperback w/CD-ROM
72162 978-1-59857-216-2
2012 384
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Looking for a proven, flexible, and cost-effective way to address challenging behavior, social skills development, and family conflict? Look no further than this ready-to-use group therapy program, ideal for clinicians working in a range of settings with children 8–12 and their parents.

With 22 adaptable modules (11 for children, 11 for parents), this field-tested program gives professionals everything they need to lead group therapy sessions that improve the lives of whole families. Children will learn positive social skills and emotional regulation, and parents will learn successful techniques for responding constructively and consistently to difficult behaviors. This empowering program is the perfect way to

  • resolve a broad range of behavior challenges in children with various underlying diagnoses, including behavior, mood, and anxiety disorders
  • target the social skills children need to succeed, including empathy, conflict resolution, and conversation skills
  • work with children and parents concurrently—the most effective and powerful way to bring about lasting change in a child
  • improve access to critical services for a whole group of children and families at a low cost
  • meet the specific needs of individual families, with flexible, adaptable modules
  • help families anytime—all the modules are stand-alone, and the program allows for rolling admissions
  • leverage the highly effective principles of parent management training, cognitive behavior therapy, and creative art therapy
  • implement a highly structured and explicit program that ensures consistency across time and across facilitators

The Transforming Behavior program is easy to implement, with a comprehensive manual and a CD-ROM with dozens of printable worksheets, quizzes, sample scenarios, and other practical handouts for parents and children. And with the clear and explicit scripts and prompts for every session, mental health providers with various levels of education and experience can use the program effectively.

A group therapy program with long-term benefits for children and parents, Transforming Behavior will transform whole families and equip children with social-emotional skills they'll use for their entire lives.

Help children and parents

  • understand challenging behavior
  • resolve difficult behavior through family skill building
  • regulate emotions and lower arousal
  • communicate constructively
  • increase empathy
  • become better listeners
  • develop assertiveness
  • resolve conflict
  • problem-solve effectively
  • and more
Contents of the Accompanying CD-ROM
About the Author
About the Contributors
Marianne Z. Wamboldt For the Reader

I: Introduction

Introduction and Background Overview of Format and Operations for PACK and MaPS

II. Parenting Approaches for Challenging Kids (PACK) Treatment Protocol

III. Mastery of Psychosocial Skills (MaPS) Treatment Protocol

IV. Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) Treatment Protocol
with Tony Edelblute and Katherine Reed

V. Conclusion


Table of Contents (CD-ROM)

About This CD-ROM

PACK Toolbox
PACK Parent Workbook
PACK Progress Note Templates: Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry (IOP) Session
MaPS Toolbox
MaPS Progress Note Templates: Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry (IOP) Session
CAT Progress Note Templates: Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry (IOP) Session

About the Author
About the Contributors
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: The Midwest Book Review - Library Bookwatch - June 1, 2012
"A strong pick for educational and school age psychological collections."
Sheldon Braaten, Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents - January 4, 2012
"A must-have resource for professionals across the provider disciplines who work with challenging children and youth."
Douglas Kramer, Emeritus Clinical Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Co-Chair, Family Committee, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - January 4, 2012
"What an amazing book! Dr. Cook presents a non-theoretical, developmentally informed, easy-to-understand, family-friendly methodology . . . This is the only approach of its kind, and the only one in this category that I absolutely loved reading."
John Sargent, Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tufts Medical Center; Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine - January 4, 2012
"Upbeat, optimistic and hopeful . . . The unique aspect of Dr. Cook's work is the expectation that the program include both parents and their children, building the child's motivation, participation, and competence throughout."
Allan Josephson, Professor and Chief of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry, University of Louisville School of Medicine, CEO Bingham Clinic. - January 4, 2012
"Intelligible, insightful, practical and scholarly. Dr. Cook and colleagues have hit a home run!"
Susan Craig, Susan E. Craig Enterprises, Inc. - January 4, 2012
"An easily accessible program . . . the suggested strategies focus on reasonable environmental changes that can promote satisfying interactions and academic success."