Vistas Online 2010

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Effectiveness of a Psychosocial Treatment Program for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder in Improving Self-Esteem and Reducing Problematic Behaviors

Sheila M. Babendir


The focus of this study was to design and test a comprehensive treatment program for children affected by pediatric bipolar disorder. The program incorporated a number of treatment modalities, was eight sessions in length, and used a psycho-educational design. During these eight sessions, participants learned:
1. To recognize the causes of their thoughts, feelings, and actions.
2. To adapt the belief, “I am a good child with difficult symptoms” rather than “I am a bad child.”
3. To gain a sense of control over the problems related to their disorder which includes: awareness of mood changes, awareness of what triggers those changes, and awareness of their misperceptions of other people.

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