Adolescents who exhibit oppositional or aggressive behavior often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression, but diagnosing their conditions isn't the challenge for most therapists. Rather, distrust of therapists and unwillingness to cooperate with treatment most often keep these teens from moving beyond their destructive behaviours and finding real solutions to their problems. Mode Deactivation Therapy for Aggression and Oppositional Behaviour in Adolescents is a treatment manual for therapists working with adolescents who have oppositional defiant disorder, hostile behaviors, anger issues, and aggression. These teens often clash with authority figures in school, if they attend at all, and may be hostile and oppositional in social settings. Unlike similar professional treatments, this protocol does not invalidate teens' beliefs and encourages teens to cooperate and openly participate in the therapeutic process. Therapists will learn how to get through to their clients, identify the function of teens' negative and destructive behaviors, dismantle negative beliefs endorsed by their clients, and teach mindfulness, diffusion, and acceptance strategies.
‘For those of us who realise that medication alone is seldom effective for adolescents with aggressive and/or oppositional behaviors, [this] is an essential companion. This therapeutic approach allies therapists with adolescents. Therapists learn to accept their clients in total and empower them to change. Jack Apsche and Lucia DiMeo have produced a book that is a must-read for any inpatient or outpatient clinician dedicated to understanding and treating the entire child-mind, body, and emotions.’
- Robia A. Fields, MD, board-certified psychiatrist and medical director at a residential facility for children and adolescents
Jack A. Apsche, EdD, ABPP is program director for the masters program in forensic psychology at Walden University and consultant of clinical services at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare. He developed, implemented, and tested mode deactivation therapy, which expands on cognitive behavioral therapy and is focused on conceptualising and treating adolescents.
Lucia R. DiMeo, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and hypnotherapist. She has a special interest in mind/body therapeutic modalities. She is associate professor of psychology at the University of the Virgin Islands. Foreword writer Robert J. Kohlenberg, PhD, ABPP, is professor of psychology at the University of Washington.