Meeting the Challenges of Adolescent Psychotherapy

ISBN: 9780878226757
Item Number: 5640

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When the problems of adolescence go beyond the helping skills parents and other adults, a therapist may be the young person’s best hope.

This book deals with considerations relating to general planning, diagnostic work, resistance, and other challenges with the adolescent client, as well as with specific techniques that may be employed in outpatient psychotherapy with teenagers. Primarily intended for graduate students in training to become psychotherapists, the book is also useful for experienced therapists as an overview issues in therapy and a helpful reminder of techniques they may not have used for a while (for example, “priming the pump” reinforcement, indirect modeling, informal desensitization, reciprocal inhibition, and so forth).

Dr. Gardner brings over 30 years of insight in working with adolescents in various clinical settings to the commentary and case examples in this book, offering a personal dimension to information generally provided in adolescent therapy textbooks.

Book Review

Meeting the Challenges of Adolescent Psychotherapy is informed, informative, deftly written, and superbly organized. . . .
[it] is a welcome and highly recommended addition to professional and academic library Psychology/Psychotherapy reference collections and supplemental reading lists.”

Midwest Book Review, The Psychology Shelf

“Overall, this book offers a concise overview of psychotherapy with adolescents… many of the therapeutic techniques reviewed in this book can be adapted and applied to form positive relationships with students and to assist students in achieving social, emotional, and academic progress.”

—Amy Runningen, LICSW, School Social Work Journal



  1. What Is Psychotherapy? How Does It Work?
  2. The Stress of Life
  3. The Adolescent Is Different
  4. Challenges in Adolescent Psychotherapy–I: Resistance
  5. Challenges in Adolescent Psychotherapy–II: Absence of a Clearly Demarcated Theory of Adolescent Therapy
  6. Challenges in Adolescent Psychotherapy–III: Diagnosis, Confidentiality, and Dual Relationships
  7. Challenges in Adolescent Psychotherapy–IV: Usual Techniques of Therapy May Not Apply
  8. Challenges in Adolescent Psychotherapy–V: Rate of Change and the Generation Gap
  9. Challenges in Adolescent Psychotherapy–VI: Instabilities in This Time of Life
  10. Thinking, Theory, and Useful Constructs
  11. Tasks of Adolescence: Development of Identity
  12. Stages of Adolescence–I: Preadolescence and Early Adolescence
  13. Stages of Adolescence–II: Middle Adolescence
  14. Stages of Adolescence–III: Late Adolescence
  15. Working with Parents of Adolescents
  16. The Therapeutic Setting
  17. Vignette: Planning and Doing a Therapy
  18. A Time to Be Silent
  19. Who Is in the Chair in Front of You?
  20. Use of Social Models
  21. Reciprocal Inhibition Therapy
  22. Use of the Personal Narrative
  23. The Rational Override and Other Techniques for Dealing with Anger
  24. Using Cognitive Therapy with Adolescents
  25. Drugs and the Adolescent


Appendix: The Brief Diagnostic Workup



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