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Evidence-based Therapies

Created on August 5, 2017. Last updated on April 24th, 2018 at 01:05 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

Below, click on brief, informational videos showing simulated versions of what evidence-based therapy looks like, courtesy of Cynthia Hartung PhD’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
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
by Christopher Shelton & Ryan Kozina
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