2nd Edition

Children in Family Contexts, Second Edition Perspectives on Treatment

Edited By Lee Combrinck-Graham Copyright 2006

    Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, this text and professional resource provides a practical guide to family-based therapy for childhood emotional and behavioral problems. Presented are innovative assessment and treatment strategies that take into account children's developmental needs, different family forms, health and environmental challenges, and relationships with larger systems. Reflecting 15 years of clinical advances and the changing contexts of family life, the second edition features many new chapters and new authors. New topics include gene-environment interactions, integrating family therapy with child pharmacotherapy, working with foster families, and treating disrupted attachments.

    I. Child Mental Health Fundamentals in Family Context
    1. The Child in Family Therapy: Guidelines for Active Engagement across the Age Span, Tanya B. White and Richard Chasin
    2. Development in Family Contexts, Geri Fox
    3. Guidelines for a Family Assessment Protocol, Edith Catlin Lawrence
    4. Family Therapy in an Age of Biological Psychiatry: Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations, Allan M. Josephson
    5. The Biology of Family Culture, Douglas A. Kramer
    II. Different Family Structures
    6. Two-Parent Families, or How To Love a Two-Headed Monster, Douglas A. Kramer
    7. Successful African American Single-Parent Families, Marion Lindblad-Goldberg
    8. Remarried Systems, Mary F. Whiteside
    9. Children in Foster Families, Kim Sumner-Mayer
    III. Children in Families Facing Specific Challenges
    10. Children with Chronic Illness and Physical Disabilities, Judith A. Libow
    11. Families with Children with Disrupted Attachments, Lee Combrinck-Graham and Susan B. McKenna
    12. Children of Parents with Mental Illness, Alan Cooklin
    13. The Invisible Illness: Children in Alcoholic Families, Stuart A. Copans
    14. Families Coping with the Death of a Parent: The Therapist's Role, Joan C. Barth
    IV. Families and Larger Systems
    15. The Family's Own System: The Symbolic Context of Health, David V. Keith
    16. Partners for Success: A Collaborative Project in School-Based Mental Health Practice and Training, Phebe Sessions and Verba Fanolis
    17. Children in Placement: A Place for Family Therapy, Ann Itzkowitz
    18. The Family and the Legal System: The Search for an Intelligent Integration, G. Pirooz Sholevar
    V. Larger Issues Affecting Children in Families
    19. A Model for Disrupting Cycles of Violence in Families with Young Children, John Brendler
    20. Of Two Worlds: Working with Children in Immigrant Families, Veronica Barenstein and Ema Genijovich
    21. The Many Cultures of Child Protection, Begum Maitra


    Lee Combrinck-Graham, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the public sector. Her training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic under Salvador Minuchin's direction led her always to wonder, How can you work with children without their families? She is still wondering more than 30 years after finishing her training, but she has learned that many do not see it this way; that question became the basis for this book. Dr. Combrinck-Graham lives and works in Fairfield County, Connecticut, a county with some of the greatest wealth in the United States, yet her work as a psychiatric consultant to family service agencies takes her into inner-city homes and schools. This work, though often executed with a prescription pad, affirms daily the importance of social context in understanding and treating the most confounding of child and adolescent emotional and behavioral problems.

    "Emphasizing the transactional relationship between child development and family process, this book provides broad and deep coverage of contemporary families. Each chapter offers specific approaches to intervention. In this new edition, the chapters on attachment disorders, school-based interventions, family violence, and legal issues are particularly relevant and valuable. This book will be useful in graduate family therapy courses in all the mental health disciplines, and will also be a valued reference for child and family therapists."--Douglas Davies, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Michigan

    "This thoughtfully revised and significantly expanded volume continues to support clinicians who seek to bridge theory and practice in our increasingly complex ecology. It offers important perspectives on children in all contexts, within the widened scope of school, court, and other community systems, as well as the intrafamilial. The editor not only selects developmental and other theoretical lenses to facilitate understanding, but also provides data-based models with which to intervene. This book can help shape more apt interventions for families dealing with life’s vicissitudes, both acute and chronic--for example, single parenthood, parental divorce and remarriage, family illnesses and deaths, alcoholism, violence, and immigration."--Fred Gottlieb, MD, Family Therapy Institute of Southern California

    "This second edition is an excellent successor to a classic work in the field. The volume focuses on issues pertinent to children and their families in the 21st century, paying thoughtful attention to such new topics as children in foster families and the many cultures of child protection. Consistent with the current zeitgeist, an emphasis is now placed on the biology of family culture and family therapy in an age of biological psychiatry. This highly readable book is an absolute 'must' for all family therapy educators. As a text, it will help students develop a child-in-family way of thinking and learn to apply this approach in assessment and intervention with families. Practicing clinicians will appreciate this book as well, and will find it comprehensive, informative, and engaging."--Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Emory University; past president, American Psychological Association
    This is a diverse text whose authors present a variety of theoretical ideas and practical ways of working. The first part of the book offers a useful textbook style approach to promoting child-in-family thinking and working and would be of interest and potential value to anyone involved in working with children and their families. In my opinion, the most interesting sections of the book followed, in the chapters referring to specific or specialist areas for service provision. Although these chapters will be more or less relevant to professionals working in different services, the authors present a depth of knowledge, experience, and reflection about the different issues presented, alongside on obvious enthusiasm for improving the understanding of children and the contexts of their lives and incorporating this into clinical work. The chapters stand alone, so are easily accessible and the style of the collection makes the book alive and interesting enough to be read as a whole.
    --Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 3/18/2006