Evidence Based Treatments for Children, TeensWe talk a lot about the different types of research conducted in psychology that measure the effectiveness of various treatment methods. In fact, we publish daily news stories that cover a lot of new research findings every week. Some of the treatment research has to do with medications, some with psychotherapy, and some with other methods of treatment.

But it’s all confusing and can be more than a little overwhelming. Take, for instance, the contradictory findings and results surrounding antidepressant medications. Some research says they are no better than sugar pills — placebos. Other research says they can be effective, but you just need to find the right one at the right dose. It’s hard to know what the research really says as a whole.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a central database or clearinghouse where you could find such information?

Well, at least in the world of psychotherapy and interventions for children and teenagers, now there is.

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies got together with the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53 of the American Psychological Association) and published a great website recently — Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents.

Geared toward professionals and laypeople, the website details what kinds of psychotherapy have been proven most effective in the treatment of mental disorders in children and teens. Naturally, the one type of psychotherapy that stands out time and time again in this analysis is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a time-limited approach that focuses on helping a person understand how their thoughts are directly connected to their feelings and behaviors.

The site only looks at the effectiveness of different kinds of psychotherapy — not other kinds of treatment commonly used to treat mental disorders in teens and kids (such as medications). However, it acts as a concise guide to the research base, and offers references to back up its easy-to-read summaries of effectiveness.

Check it out now: Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents