Behavioral Management Guide by Muriel Prince Warren is a nonfiction book that guides therapists in coming up with efficient and detailed treatment strategies for the conditions and disorders of their children patients. 

The quality that makes this book stand out from other guidebooks is its utilization of three different tables to help both therapists and parents on creating relevant action plans in handling and nurturing children with disorders. There is more than just one plan, which is really an advantage on the side of the readers because they can see how parents and therapists do the treatments from their perspectives. How it is divided into 5 different parts is also commendable. The chapters are titled Introduction, The Treatment Plans: Special Childhood Disorders, Treatment Plans: Other Disorders of Childhood, Treatment Aids, and Appendix respectively. This helps the readers in navigating the topics that they want to delve into aside from the provided table of contents.

Additionally, there is a wide array of childhood disorders that are well-listed and categorized. From behavior disorders to sleep disorders, they are comprehensively explained with a brief assessment of the child’s symptoms that can be rated from mild, moderate, to severe. There are also treatment plans provided in every disorder, which is convenient for therapists because they can immediately take note and address the goals and treatment that they want to execute to the children and teach to the parents. Take note that these assessments and treatment plans are different from the treatment aids that are located in the 4th chapter. 

What also sets this book apart from others are the wide classifications of treatments that it contains. There are 6 major aids provided, which are behavioral techniques, therapeutic games, homework assignments, bibliotherapy, self-help groups, and on-line resources. Muriel Prince Warren didn’t fail to include some options under the major treatment aids. Moreover, the appendix is an important part of nonfiction books — especially textbooks. It cannot be denied that thorough research and study were conducted on the writing process; hence, the references must be listed to credit the owner of the concepts, ideas, statements, and such. 

Furthermore, stating the references is truly vital in maintaining the credibility of both the book and the author. The 49-paged appendix of the book proved that the content was really given enough time for investigation and study with reliable sources. There are not only references, books, catalogs, and videotapes listed for references because there are also insurance forms, practice management reports, and state insurance departments. Warren also included a glossary of managed care terms, which is beneficial for readers that are not familiar with or have no idea about the field of psychology and the terms.

Here comes the moment of truth. Do we recommend Muriel Prince Warren’s Behavioral Management Guide: Essential Treatment Strategies for The Psychotherapy of Children, Their Parent, and Families? YES! It is not the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders that is used by many psychology students, researchers, and clinicians worldwide, but it surely is a book that can be a good manual alternative to understanding the different disorders particularly those that happen to children or in people’s childhood. The Behavioral Management Guide by Muriel Prince Warren do not only has substantial content but also a catchy introduction.

To wrap it up, it definitely used the right quote from Helen Keller in its dedication which is “Although the world is full of suffering… it is also full of overcoming it.” The book is, indeed, helping those who are suffering from childhood disorders by providing suitable treatment aids for them.