Although there are a variety of approaches to therapy, both the American Psychological Association and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology recommend evidence-based approaches. Given that the term "evidence-based treatment" may be defined differently by different professionals, nationally recognized experts in child and adolescent mental health have addressed common misconceptions to help mental health consumers separate fact from fiction.
Additionally, several national organizations offer resources to help individuals seeking treatment make informed decisions when selecting providers. These organizations include the Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice Project, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and Info About Kids. Each of these sites also provides tools to help individuals find and connect with clinicians who utilize evidence-based practices.
FINDING SKILLED CLINICIANS
Anxiety and Depression Association of America - This organization provides education on anxiety and depressive disorders for clients and families. In addition to general facts and treatment options, there is also a "find a therapist" resource for potential clients.
Tourette Association of America - The TAA offers information on the research and treatment of tic disorders, including an extensive resource list for families, educators, medical practitioners, and law enforcement. There is also a searchable database of doctors who specialize in tic disorders.
International OCD Foundation - The IOCDF provides information for children and adolescents with OCD as well as their families. The website also includes a "find help" directory for therapists, clinics, treatment programs, support groups, and organizations specializing in helping youth with OCD and related disorders.
Trichotillomania Learning Center - The TLC foundation for body-focused repetitive behaviors (including Hair Pulling and Skin Picking) offers information for clinicians, families, educators, teens and young adults, parents, and clients. Their website also includes a "find help + support" page with links to connect clients with support groups, therapists, BFRB-friendly hair salons and skin care providers, and online services.