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Psychologist & industry leader in treating child comorbidity.

Despite the fact that many children actually exhibit multiple disorders, most research has been conducted on youth with one condition occurring largely in isolation to reduce confounds.

Treatment

Brief Trans-Diagnostic Parent Training (BTPT)

The field of psychology and psychiatry typically know how to treat a condition when it happens in isolation with CBT, meds, or a combination of the two. While little research has been conducted and many unknowns remain, Dr. Specht has been a thought-leader and at the forefront of this issue and how to effectively treat patients presenting with several conditions.

Treating comorbidity requires that your doctor is highly trained, very skilled and has a lot of clinical experience successfully treating multiple conditions at once. Unlike less experienced clinicians who rely on standard treatment manuals and get caught up in symptom reduction, Dr. Specht focuses on the most impairing conditions with a goal of functional improvement. He prides himself on developing innovative approaches to effectively treat the child holistically, collaborating with parents, schools, other doctors and therapists to properly assess and create an appropriate treatment plan.

For example, Dr. Specht developed Brief Trans-Diagnostic Parent Training (BTPT) as a strengths-based, parent-centered approach to re-orchestrating the child’s environment to put a constant positive pressure on the environment to “pull” a child toward improved functioning and symptom reduction. BTPT serves as planned, strategic, and pragmatic approach to work from the macro to micro level variables and simplifies case management. BTPT is often added to individual symptom-specific CBT and/or medication, and has proven to be a powerful and highly effective combination.

BTPT was presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP, Oct 2019) for the treatment of children, adolescents, young adults with complicated comorbid presentations.

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