01 Depression

This material provides a list of techniques and some ‘mortar’ for holding multiple techniques together, while providing more detailed information about the nature of depression. The selection of techniques and how full or sparse the protocol should be for the individual are choices that the clinician will make based upon the severity of the problems the child is experiencing and the unique status of the individual child.

02 School Refusal

School refusal behavior is a common and highly vexing problem for educators and clinicians. Problematic absenteeism from school has been defined as truancy or school phobia depending on the context or perspective of the observer. But these are dubious labels because they do not represent the recursive experiences that children and their families have when not going to school. This material is a compilation of four protocols to address each of the defined maintaining variables of school refusal.

03 Conquering Insomnia

Insomnia has become an epidemic. It is probably the most frequent health complaint following pain and headaches. A 1995 Harris poll and a 1997 survey by Consumer Report found that the percentage of adults complaining of sleep difficulties was about one-half, up from one-third in 1995. At least 30 million adults endure the stress of severe, chronic insomnia. This protocol includes changing both the thoughts and the sleep culture of the child/family. Because the parents control the sleep culture of the family and may, in fact, supply many of the thought distortions about sleep, it is important, particularly for the younger child that both the child and the family be committed to the goal of improving sleep.

04 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The enclosed protocol, techniques and procedures were adapted materials from several source. Probably the major source, at least in terms of format, is ‘OCD in Children’ [the Guilford Press, 1998]. In addition, we selected articles by Steven Phillipson from his web...


Self Control Introduction We are the sum total of what we think. One cannot act different than the way they think [unless, of course they are ‘acting’!]. Therefore, change can only occur when the person thinks differently. Interventions that help people think about...

06 Suicide Management

Resources Karl A. Slaikeu, Crisis Intervention: A Handbook for Practice and Research, Second Edition, Allyn and Bacon, 1990 Thomas C. Barrett, Youth in Crisis: Seeking solutions to Self-Destructive Behavior, 1987 Unknown, When Death is Sought, Chapter I, The...