Sonya Rosenwald Kurzweil, Ph.D.
Lecturer on Psychiatry, Part-time
Cambridge Health Alliance
203 Lake Ave
Newton MA 02461
Available: 01/10/20, Expires: 09/10/21
A recent review of five decades of research on youth psychological therapy (Weisz et al, 2017) underscored the benefits of child psychotherapy. However, it also made clear that improved treatments with more robust treatment effect sizes were needed. The mean effect size of studies reported was 0.46. It has also been reported that Modular CBT yields greater effect sizes than standard manual CBT (.41-0.71, Weisz, et al, 2012). This author integrated perspectives in a study of the treatment of depression in women with young children and obtained effect sizes in the range of 1.13-2.16 (Kurzweil, 2012). The goal of the current study is to describe how psychoanalytic, behavioral and parent/family perspectives could be integrated to yield optimal outcomes in treating common childhood psychological disorders.
The student's role would be to review cases with the mentor and create case summaries. The summaries would be reviewed with annotations describing where perspectives were integrated. Before and after measures would be coded by the student (e.g GAF and number of complaints). These measures may be statistically analyzed for treatment effect sizes that could be compared to outcome studies with a single perspective. The case summaries could also provide a data base of teaching materials for training clinical psychologist and psychiatrists in providing integrated child psychotherapy.
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