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From Timid To Tiger: A Treatment Manual for Parenting the Anxious Child

ISBN: 978-0-470-68310-1
186 pages
October 2010
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This book is an essential manual for mental health professionals who work with young anxious children and their parents. Organised into a 10-session parenting-based course, the book provides parents with simple cognitive behavioural techniques for helping their children to manage their worries and fears.
  • The first manual designed specifically to help therapists take parents through a step-by-step approach to managing young anxious children
  • The manual's empirical focus is highly effective in treating anxiety disorders in children under the age of 10
  • The provision of scripts throughout the book offer realistic illustrations of the techniques described
  • Stories and analogies included to explain the more complex concepts
  • Includes handouts which can be photocopied and useful additional materials
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.


Who Is This Book For?


1 Theoretical Background to the Programme.

2 How to Use This Book.

3 Session One: Introduction to the Programme and Some Basic Concepts.

4 Session Two: Securing the Parent-Child Bond through Play.

5 Session Three: Understanding Children's Anxiety.

6 Session Four: Using Praise to Build Children's Confidence.

7 Session Five: Using Rewards to Get Children Motivated.

8 Session Six: Setting Limits on Anxious Children's Behaviour.

9 Session Seven: Using Withdrawal of Attention to Manage Children's Behaviour.

10 Session Eight: Managing Children's Worry.

11 Session Nine: Managing Really Difficult Behaviour: Time Out and Consequences.

12 Session Ten: Wrapping Up: Review, Managing School, Celebration.

Additional Resources.


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Author Information

Sam Cartwright-Hatton is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Manchester. She previously held an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship, during which she developed and trialled a new parenting intervention for young anxious children. She was awarded the British Psychological Society May Davidson Award in 2009 for her research into anxiety disorders of childhood.

Ben Laskey is a clinical psychologist who co-ordinates and delivers parenting programmes for the under 8s. He conducts research through the University of Manchester where he is an honorary tutor in Clinical Psychology.

Stewart Rust is a consultant clinical psychologist in Neuropsychology at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. He previously delivered parenting groups to families struggling with their children’s behavioural difficulties. 

Deb McNally is a Clinical Psychologist. She has a particular interest in parenting and cognitive behavioural interventions.

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“This book should be found in the library of every community and school based clinician working in children services.”  (Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 2012)

“As a mental health practitioner I found reading this book extremely helpful in understanding how to apply a framework of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Webster-Stratton style parenting training into a group programme.”  (Young Minds, 1 June 2012)

"Organised as a 10-session parenting-based course, this step-by-step approach to conquering anxieties is easy to read and potentially life-changing." (Family Interest Magazine, 1 August 2011)


‘Parents and therapists will be delighted that there finally exists a scientifically tested and clearly described program to help change the lives of young, anxious children. This book provides a clear and practical guide for mental health professionals based on the authors’ years of scientific research and applied clinical experience. It will give therapists the confidence and knowledge to address an important area of emotional health that has been ignored for far too long.’
Dr Ronald M. Rapee, Macquarie University, Australia

‘Anxiety is the leading problem for children in this era of increased stress, vulnerability, and uncertainty. And parents play a critical role in our attempts to both understand and treat these vexing and troubling problems. Based on the well established principles of cognitive behavior therapy and parent management training, this is a highly readable, clinically sensitive, and uncannily helpful volume. These master clinicians speak from the trenches and the heart and they speak loudly and clearly. This is a volume that will not only be helpful to parents – and, I might add, grandparents – but also to clinicians and students in training. It is a volume whose time has come.’
Professor Thomas H. Ollendick, Virginia Tech, USA

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