Justin R. Misurell

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This preliminary investigation examined the efficacy of a game-based cognitive-behavioral therapy group program for elementary school-aged children who have experienced sexual abuse. Treatment aimed to improve: (a) internalizing symptoms, (b) externalizing behaviors, (c) sexually inappropriate behaviors, (d) social skills deficits, (e) self-esteem problems,(More)
Game-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (GB-CBT) is an integration of two major theoretical approaches, cognitive-behavioral therapy and play therapy (Springer & Misurell, 2010; Springer & Misurell, 2012). Research on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has identified effective techniques and principles for treating childhood anxiety Among these are the use(More)
This study examined the efficacy of a game-based cognitive-behavioral group therapy program for addressing problems typically found among elementary school-aged victims of child sexual abuse immediately after treatment and at three months following treatment. It was hypothesized that positive gains would be observed among the following domains: (a)(More)
Several empirically supported treatments for depression are currently available with little understanding of either principles or mechanisms that are responsible for their effectiveness. This article reviews existing principles and finds that they contain little mechanism information. A connectionist mechanism used to explain why systematic desensitization(More)
Game-based cognitive-behavioral therapy group model for nonoffending caregivers utilizes structured therapeutic games to assist parents following child sexual abuse. Game-based cognitive-behavioral therapy group model is a manualized group treatment approach that integrates evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy components with structured play therapy(More)
A quasi-experimental design was used to compare the effectiveness of group (game-based cognitive behavioral) therapy to group-plus-individual therapy for child sexual abuse. The sample consisted predominantly of children from economically disadvantaged, African-American or Latino backgrounds. Pretreatment scores were examined in order to determine which(More)
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