Practice Protocols

It is sometime difficult to define what is a program, a protocol, a technique and/or a procedure, since they are nested like Slavic dolls. Technically, we would call an overall strategy for change a program that would include a series of differing protocols to change different issues. A protocol would be defined as a sequencing of specific techniques designed to meet specific identified change targets. Each technique might then include a series of procedures that need to be carried out in order to complete the technique. What happens in real life is that it depends!  As you deal with issues, the various components continue to be used, nestled within each other, but the perspective changes. Thus a technique might be viewed as the program or protocol to evoke change. From this perspective, the components listed below are subject to personal interpretation as to placement. For an overview of these components see the Resource Menu on the Books page. Below you will find specific protocols to target specific problems in living.

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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...

07 Conduct Disorder

Resources Phillip C. Kendall, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Of Conduct-Disordered Children, Cognitive Therapy and research, vol. 14, No. 3, 1990, pp. 279-297 Robert b. Rutherford, Jr., and C.Michael Nelson, Management of Aggressive And Violent Behavior In The...

08 Self Affirmation

Protocol Guide Cognitive Change Doing CBT#01 - Perceiving Reflex Thoughts CBT#27 - Motivation & Goal Setting CBT#32 - The Pathological Critic CBT#12 - Getting Mobilized CBT#02 - Altering Limited Thinking Patterns Modified CBT#03 - Changing Distressing Thoughts CBT#06...

09 Cognitive Restructuring

Cognitive Restructuring Clinical Prompt [For use AFTER one understands the process] No cognitive restructuring program can be completely planned since the individual personalities of the clients are so varied. However, these are general steps that can be followed....

10 Cognitive Process Correction

  Clinical Prompt For use AFTER the protocol is learned Assessment - Functional Cognitive Behavior Assessment with a Community Assessment/Support Team Engagement - gain the confidence of the child and get the sanction to proceed. Psychoeducation - teach the concepts...


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