Group based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or problem solving approaches for conduct disorder and oppositional defiant therapy (ODD)

Some evidence – there is enough evidence to indicate that this can be a helpful treatment option for young people aged between 9-14.

Group CBT or problem solving approaches should be adapted to your age and will usually involve a group of 6-8 children or young people who are a similar age to you. The groups will include one or two therapists and aim to help you improve certain skills through:

  • modelling, where the therapist demonstrates a skill
  • rehearsal, where you practice in the group
  • feedback, where the therapist, group members, family and friends let you know what worked and what didn’t

These groups usually involve attending 10 to 18 weekly meetings which last 2 hours each and some programmes will also include sessions with your parents or carers.

As these groups need enough similarly aged children or young people to run, there might not be a group running in your local area right away.

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.

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