Integrated Child Psychotherapy

Treatment Ingredients in Search of a Recipe
  • Stephen R. Shirk
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Integrated treatments are not new to child therapy; in fact, surveys have long indicated that child practitioners utilize techniques and procedures from a variety of theoretical sources in their clinical work with children (Koocher & Pedulla, 1977; Tuma & Pratt, 1982). Unfortunately, few of these integrated treatments have been evaluated, and many probably have not been replicated (Kazdin, 1996). This is not to say that integrated treatments are not useful. Instead, it points to the fact that child practitioners have typically been forced to construct integrated treatments based on the pragmatics of specific cases, rather than on the basis of empirical evidence supporting the effectiveness of particular treatment combinations. In this chapter, issues pertaining to psychotherapy integration with children will be placed in an empirical context. Given the paucity of research on combined treatments for children (Kazdin, 1996), it would be premature to advance an empirically based model of integrated child psychotherapy. However, the main aim of this chapter is to highlight what we do know from the empirical literature, and to clarify what we need to learn, in order to construct a framework for integrative child psychotherapy.


Treatment Package Child Treatment Parent Management Training Symbolic Play Play Therapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen R. Shirk
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of DenverDenver

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