Group cognitive behaviour therapy program with troubled adolescents: a learning experience

The Haworth Press Inc.
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Child & Family Behaviour Therapy, 2005, 27 (3), pp. 47 - 59
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Group CBT problems are widely used for assisting teenagers with anxiety, depression and other psychological problems. The majority of reported programs have targets school or clinical populations, however, few have specifically targeted adolescents from highly troubled and disadvantaged backgrounds. This paper describes a group CBT program that was developed for teenagers who have not responded well to the formal structures of schoola nd traditional models of classroom management. Problems such as low levels of motivation, poor attention span, learning difficulties, poor impulse control, substance abuse, and other mental health problems are common within this population. A number of chanllenges arose in running the program and several modifications were made in order to make it more relevant to participants. These changes resulted in more rapid engagement with the program, imporved cooperation within the group, fewer interruptions, and improved rapport. The clinical outcomes associated with the program could not be measured due to difficulties with completing administering self-report questionnaires.
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