Responsibility & Self Management: A Clinician’s Manual and Guide for Case Conceptualization


Jack Apsche, Ed.D., ABPP and Jerry Jennings, Ph.D.

The Clinician’s Manual provides the tools to take a careful measure of how and why a youngster got to this place in life. In conjunction with the Responsibility & Self-Management Client Workbook, it guides therapists to pinpoint the function of the youngster’s problem behavior(s) and to develop a specific intervention for that client. Using methodologies based on Evidenced Based Treatments, the manual focuses and enhances the treatment process, addressing multiple behaviors seen in both in-patient and out-patient treatment placements.

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Editorial Reviews

"Adolescence is one of the most difficult periods for children. They often struggle with a host of personal and environmental changes, which results from the culmination of trajectories for language, socialization, and academics. In addition, hormonal changes lead to emerging sexuality, which establishes new networks of reinforcers. In short it is a difficult time for many leading to depression, anxiety, and aggression. CBT has been shown to be helpful and this book offers a strong curriculum to teach these self analysis skills. This exciting book is written by a true master of CBT with adolescents. Poignant, clear, and comprehensive this workbook would be a real aide to any therapist working with this population.”
–Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D; Publisher and editor of six ABA affiliated journals including, The Behavior Analyst Today and the International Journal of Behavior Consultation and Therapy.

“This workbook offers some new materials to address old problems within a tried and tested cognitive behavioural framework. It takes us through the engagement and treatment process and examines all the key areas required to address the sexual behaviour of concern as well as examining the origins of it as a prerequisite for change. There is some useful material in relation to addressing the victim and the abuser dichotomy and also the co-existence of substance misuse issues. This workbook is accessible and packed with useful exemplars for work with the young person and will be plundered by workers both in individual and groupwork contexts.”
–Martin Calder; Practitioner, researcher, and internationally recognized author of several publications including: Young People Who Sexually Abuse: Building the Evidence Base for Your Practice

“There is no doubt that Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is of tremendous value to working with youth. Apsche’s combined set of clinician’s manual and student workbook takes the clinician and student through detailed education and step-by-step treatment in reconstructing unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and subsequent problem behaviors, into healthy and pro-social ones. In addition this set provides a specialized section on empathy and empathy development. I strongly recommend this set to any professional who wishes to place an emphasis in treatment on cognitive restructuring.”
–Robert E. Longo, Director of Clinical Services, Old Vineyard Youth Services as well as a consultant, trainer, and author/editor of several well known books including: Current Perspectives: Working with Sexually Aggressive Youth & Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems

“I work in a residential program for adolescent males and many of my clients are sex offenders. This workbook is by far one of my most useful resources. I bought it only recently but find the activities are easily adaptable for all ages and learning styles and the entire book serves as an excellent addition to the other workbooks I use. It helps my clients learn offense cycles, victim impact, thinking errors, etc. from another angle and enhances learning. I had one client recently struggle with putting his offense cycle all together and understanding how it "links" and the book he was using just was not helping and was making it more challenging. I found an activity in this workbook on this same topic and within a week he was able to explain his cycle in such amazing detail and understandable naturalness! I have not purchased the facilitator's guide but will do so as I am finding many activities in the client workbook need further explanation found in the facilitator's guide. All in all this is a great resource for someone new to the field or someone even with years of experience. There are a few minor editing issues but I can see past that with no concern and it has in no way impacted my opinion on the quality of this book.”
— Clinician working in a residential program for boys


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