Specialised Therapies for Mental Health Problems in Children and Young People

This interactive tutorial introduces the main evidence-based therapies used for the majority of mental health problems in children and young people. It explains the principles and rationale of each of the following techniques and which specific disorders they have been shown to improve.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • Family therapy
  • Group work
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT)

Allow approximately 30 minutes to work through the resource, including video examples of key therapies, and questions to help check your understanding.

This resource was developed by Dr Lucy Taylor, Clinical Psychologist, and Dr Keren Smith, Senior Clinical Psychologist, both at South London and the Maudsley. It was created as part of MindEd: a free collection of over 260 online tutorials to help all professionals who work with children and young people identify and understand mental health issues.

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