NRNP 6640-14 Psychotherapy With Children and Adolescents

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NRNP 6640-14 Psychotherapy With Children and Adolescents

NRNP 6640-14 Psychotherapy With Children and Adolescents

Approximately 1 in 5 children and adolescents have a mental health disorder, which may
lead to issues at home, school, and other areas of their lives (Prout & Fedewa, 2015). When
working with this population, it is important to recognize that children and adolescents are
not “mini adults” and should not be treated as such. Psychotherapy with these clients is
often more complex than psychotherapy with the general adult population, particularly in
terms of communication. As a result, strong therapeutic relationships are essential to
This week, as you explore psychotherapy with children and adolescents, you assess clients
presenting with disruptive behaviors. You also examine therapies for treating these clients
and consider potential outcomes.
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Learning Resources
Required Readings
American Nurses Association. (2014). Psychiatric-mental health nursing: Scope and
standards of practice (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
 Standard 5 “Implementation” (pages 52-53)
Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-
to guide for evidence-based practice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing
 Chapter 17, “Psychotherapy With Children” (pp. 597–624)

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental
disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Bass, C., van Nevel, J., & Swart, J. (2014). A comparison between dialectical behavior
therapy, mode deactivation therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and acceptance and
commitment therapy in the treatment of adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral
Consultation and Therapy, 9(2), 4-8. doi:10.1037/h0100991

Koocher, G. P. (2003). Ethical issues in psychotherapy with adolescents. Journal of Clinical
Psychology, 59(11), 1247–1256.

McLeod, B. D., Jensen-Doss, A., Tully, C. B., Southam-Gerow, M. A., Weisz, J. R., &
Kendall, P. C. (2016). The role of setting versus treatment type in alliance within youth
therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(5), 453-
464. doi:10.1037/ccp0000081

Zilberstein, K. (2014). The use and limitations of attachment theory in child
psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 51(1), 93-103.  doi:10.1037/a0030930

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2013a). Disruptive behaviors – Part 1 [Multimedia file].
Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2013a). Disruptive behaviors – Part 2 [Multimedia file].
Baltimore, MD: Author.

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Walker, R. (n.d.). Making child therapy work [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA:

Optional Resources
Bruce, T., & Jongsma, A. (2011). Evidence-based treatment planning for disruptive child and
adolescent behavior [Video file]. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Note: You will access this media from the Walden Library databases. The approximate
length of this media piece is 63 minutes.

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