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The Clinical Practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People With a Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome

Kate Donoghue, Paul Stallard and Joanna Kucia

The article explores the application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children and young people with Asperger’s Syndrome.  The article references an adaptation of Cognitivie Behavioral Therapy (PRECISE) that is implemented to develop and maintain a therapeutic relationship with and make CBT more accessible to children. 

  1. Describe in your words, the application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the PRECISE model.  What aspect(s) of the model seem most challenging to achieve?  What aspect(s) of the model seem the easiest to achieve?
  2. What elements may be missing from the PRECISE model, and what would you add to the PRECISE model to improve it?
  3. How would you design a research project to evaluate the application of the PRECISE model of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to young people with Asperger’s Syndrome?

A Case Study of Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy With a Perpetrator of Domestic Abuse

Michael Townend and Margaret E. Smith

The case highlights a 20-week treatment plan consisting of a cognitive conceptualization.  Evaluation of the therapy is by self-report measures of aggression, assertiveness, and dysfunctional attitudes that were administered pre and post therapy.  Results are a reduction in aggressive behavior and improved assertiveness, with dysfunctional attitudes changed to a profile of greater psychological strength.

  1. Describe what is referred to in the article as an “interlock”.  How does an “interlock” provide a model for understanding the interface of environmental influences, thoughts, and behaviors?
  2. What is the role of conceptualization within Cognitive therapy, and how does conceptualization aid in the development of adaptive coping mechanisms and responses?
  3. Within the case of Michael, what is the role of understanding his personal history and experiences?  How does this understanding support the application of cognitive therapies to promote alternative coping mechanisms and responses?