Dr. James Manning & Dr. Nicola Ridgeway
Reviewed by Arianna Violante for Reader Views (08/16)
Unfortunately, “CBT Worksheets for Teenage Social Anxiety,” by Dr. James Manning & Dr. Nicola Ridgeway fell into my hands after I had finished the required fieldwork for my Master’s degree at a high school in Austin, Texas. During my work there, I was able to help many at-risk teenagers deal with many issues, social anxiety being one of those issues, in some cases. I was very happy to find that the authors gave a definition of social anxiety in simple language right at the beginning of the book. The formatting is also welcoming and reader-friendly, and I loved how the authors took the time to create a main character to hold the reader’s hand and walk them through the book. The authors’ way of demystifying social anxiety by establishing an open discussion, in the beginning, makes the reader comfortable and open to continuing reading. The book also includes a lot of graphics and comprehensive exercises, making this learning experience interactive and specific for each reader.
Dr. James Manning and Dr. Nicola Ridgeway have published not only a well-written informational book but also an awesome tool for teens to explore in a safe and interactive way that will help them with social anxiety. I found the CBT worksheets to be easy to use and have no doubt that they will benefit the reader. I think they could also be useful to clinical social work students and hope the authors take steps to contact social work schools across the US.
“CBT Worksheets for Teenage Social Anxiety,” by Dr. James Manning & Dr. Nicola Ridgeway is an awesome tool for high school counselors to help teenagers deal with social anxiety. It could also be a tool for clinical social work students to learn about the topic and techniques practiced with teens going through social anxiety. This book is a five-star read and I will definitely recommend it to my peers.