Cognitive Behavioural for Children and Young People with Depression

Depression: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Young People

  1. Verduyn, J. Rogers & A Wood

Hove, East Sussex: Routledge


Depression is no stranger to those of us who live in Hong Kong. It is sometimes and associated difficulty in children with ADHD and other developmental difficulties such as autism spectrum disorders. As an Educational/Child psychologist, I heartily recommend this book, which brings us closer to a comprehensive understanding of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for depression. With user-friendly and well-referenced content, it is useful for clinicians, researchers and even parents.


This book is a welcome addition to the increasing number of books on CBT for children. The focus is on CBT for depression and it is clear that the authors have both a comprehensive understanding of the literature and lots of clinical experience with children and adolescents with depression. The book strikes a good balance between offering content and structure for therapy sessions, whilst highlighting when this might be difficult and what the alternatives might be. There are several features that make it user friendly: key information is presented in boxes, whilst the main text is well referenced, appealing to both clinicians and researchers. The case examples make it clear that CBT can be used effectively with complex cases, and the verbatim examples of how to introduce different topics or strategies distil the key message that needs to be put across to the young person. The worksheets (also downloadable) are similar to those found in other CBT books, but the clinician prompt sheets are less common but equally well written and look very useful. In addition to the chapters on key aspects of CBT for depressed young people, there are useful chapters on involving parents, special issues such as bereavement and trauma, and on dealing with common problems in therapy.


I highly recommend this book for those working with children and adolescents with depression or those interested in researching the area.