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From Timid To Tiger. A Treatment Manual for Parenting the Anxious Child

  • ID: 2175102
  • Book
  • September 2010
  • Region: Global
  • 186 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book is an essential manual for mental health professionals who work with young anxious children and their parents. The authors have organised the book into a 10–session course for therapists to use with parents, and each chapter describes a single session of the programme. The course has been evaluated through use with children with a range of primary anxiety disorders, including separation anxiety, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic, agoraphobia, and specific phobias. The book allows mental health professionals to provide parents with a calm, warm, clear and reliable parenting style, within which their children can overcome their fears and worries.

The course teaches some effective cognitive behavioural techniques for helping children manage their worries and fears. The editors provide an overview of the causes of anxiety in childhood, as well as step–by–step instructions for running the course. The techniques used throughout the book have all been created and tested by the authors in their clinical work, and have a proven track record of success.

The result is a book that will allow mental health professionals to train confident parents who know how to instil confidence in their child in order to minimize the effects of anxiety.

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List of Contributors.


Who Is This Book For?


1 Theoretical Background to the Programme.

2 How to Use This Book.

3 Session One: Introduction to the Programme and Some Basic Concepts.

4 Session Two: Securing the Parent–Child Bond through Play.

5 Session Three: Understanding Children′s Anxiety.

6 Session Four: Using Praise to Build Children′s Confidence.

7 Session Five: Using Rewards to Get Children Motivated.

8 Session Six: Setting Limits on Anxious Children′s Behaviour.

9 Session Seven: Using Withdrawal of Attention to Manage Children′s Behaviour.

10 Session Eight: Managing Children′s Worry.

11 Session Nine: Managing Really Difficult Behaviour: Time Out and Consequences.

12 Session Ten: Wrapping Up: Review, Managing School, Celebration.

Additional Resources.


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Sam Cartwright–Hatton
Ben Laskey
Stewart Rust
Deborah McNally
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