Chapter

Child Psychotherapy

Clinical Psychology

II. PSYCHOTHERAPY

  1. Richard J. Morris PhD1,
  2. Kristin C. Thompson PhD2,
  3. Yvonne P. Morris PhD3

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop208019

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Morris, R. J., Thompson, K. C. and Morris, Y. P. 2012. Child Psychotherapy. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 8:II:19.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Arizona, College of Education, School Psychology Program, Tucson, AZ, USA

  2. 2

    University of Arizona, College of Education, School Psychology Program, Tucson, AZ, USA

  3. 3

    Private Practice, Tucson, AZ, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

Abstract

As professionals have continued to acknowledge the unique issues related to providing psychotherapy to children and adolescents and the need for evidence-based treatments, interest in the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy has grown considerably in the past 25 to 30 years. Although strong empirical support still lags behind that for adults, there is an increasing body of empirical literature that examines the utilization of various therapy methods in the treatment of child and adolescent mental health disorders. In this chapter, we discuss the major issue related to the provision of psychotherapy to children and adolescents and present an overview of the major theoretical approaches that are most frequently utilized or discussed in the child and adolescent psychotherapy literature, including those that relate specifically to evidence-based practice. The theoretical approaches and models of psychotherapy that are discussed include behavior therapy and cognitive-behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, Adlerian therapy, and client-centered (humanistic) therapy. Combined treatment approaches to child therapy are also discussed.

Keywords:

  • children;
  • adolescents;
  • psychotherapy;
  • evidence-based treatments