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Evidence-based Therapies

Created on August 5, 2017. Last updated on June 8th, 2022 at 04:18 pm

Many of the behavioral problems or mental health symptoms that can keep children and adolescents from leading happy, successful lives can be effectively treated with evidence-based therapies. With these treatments, psychologists and other mental health providers help parents and children learn how to work and live better with others, and to build the skills and habits that help them succeed in school and in life.

Not all mental health therapies for young people are effective, and some treatment options do not work the same for all behavioral and mental health disorders.

Outlined below are several therapies that have been proven to work. All of the treatments listed below use techniques that are based on scientific evidence to understand and treat various behavioral and mental health issues in young people.

Evidence-based Therapies

Brief Informational Videos

Watch brief videos teaching evidence-based strategies created by the University of Maryland ADHD Program with support from the Stroud Foundation.

View a new documentary film about SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) Treatment, a parent-based treatment for child anxiety and OCD.

Below, click on informational videos showing simulated versions of what specific evidence-based therapies looks like, courtesy of Cynthia Hartung, Ph.D.’s group at the University of Wyoming.


Modular Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Childhood Anxiety by Lauren Zimmerman & Angeline Bottera

Multifamily Psychoeducational Psychotherapy for Childhood Bipolar Spectrum Disorders by Kandice Perry & Katy Richardson

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Children & Adolescents by Kati Lear & Sarah Steinmetz

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Depression by Brooke Maxfield & Kendal Binion

Coping Cat to Treat Anxiety in Children and Adolescents by Andrea Slosser & Shira Kern

Parent Management Training for Childhood Behavior Problems by Adam Ripley & Alejandra Reyna

Partner Sites:

Evidence-based Services Committee of Hawaii