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1st Edition

Handbook for the Treatment of Abused and Neglected Children

ISBN 9780789026781
Published October 28, 2005 by Routledge
522 Pages

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Book Description

Practical solutions for difficult clinical situations!

With many chapters written by some of the field's best known contributors, this handbook was developed for the practitioner who wants practical and effective guidance for helping abused children. Each major area of clinical practice is discussed by experienced professionals, providing you with new insights and ideas regarding: medical findings; clinical assessment; individual, group, and family therapy; testifying in court; the role of medication in treatment, and much more. To make the application from the written page to your practice even more compelling, every clinical chapter is followed by a patient vignette that demonstrates how the principles just described can be successfully applied in the working world of therapists. Whether abused children number only a few or many on your caseload, this is a handbook to which you will often refer over the years.

The Handbook for the Treatment of Abused and Neglected Children pulls together a wide range of practical information for therapists on how to effectively work with abused and neglected children. Unlike other volumes on the subject, this book puts the information in context, with a ’big picture’ overview of how the therapist fits into the larger system into which the child has been swept up—Child Protective Services, legal proceedings, medical issues, disputes regarding custody, etc.

Inside, you’ll find effective strategies for:

  • conducting individual therapy with abused children—how to begin therapy, identify distortions, effectively challenge ingrained patterns of behavior, and constructively bring therapy to a close
  • navigating the maze of Child Protective Services—knowing what resources are available, what obstacles are likely to arise, and how to work with social workers
  • understanding the medical findings of maltreated children—how information from a child’s physician can provide critical insights into the child’s experience, and often into children’s expectations of future relationships
  • testifying in court as a therapist—how the court works and how to prepare to give effective testimony
  • facilitating parent interventions—how to help mothers and fathers develop relationships with their children to the fullest and nurture each child’s potential as his or her personality develops
The Handbook for the Treatment of Abused and Neglected Children will prove valuable for students and educators as well as novice and experienced therapists. Whether you see children only occasionally or focus your practice on maltreated children, this one-of-a-kind resource deserves a place in your professional collection.

Table of Contents

  • About the Editor
  • Contributors
  • Foreword (Beverly James)
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. The Effects of Abuse on Children’s Development: An Attachment Perspective (Catherine L. Anderson and Pamela C. Alexander)
  • Attachment Theory
  • Patterns of Attachment Strategies
  • Developmental Trajectories: Risk and Protective Factors Across Developmental Stages
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2. The Child Welfare System: A Map for the Bold Traveler (Michele Ornelas Knight, Judianne Chew, and Elizabeth Gonzalez)
  • Introduction
  • Reasons for Removal
  • Child Welfare Services Components and Functions
  • Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
  • Out-of-Home Care
  • The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Medical Diagnosis of Child Abuse and Neglect (Angela J. Rosas)
  • Introduction
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Speaking with Children: Advice from Investigative Interviewers (Thomas D. Lyon)
  • The Therapist’s Dilemma
  • The Problem with Interviewing Children About Abuse
  • Question Types
  • Interview Instructions
  • Difficult Concepts: Number and Time
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Psychological Evaluations and the Child Welfare System (Anthony J. Urquiza and Dawn M. Blacker)
  • Purpose
  • Qualifications
  • Rights, Responsibilities, and Guidelines
  • Focus of the Evaluation
  • Assessment
  • Clinical Observations
  • Clinical Interviews
  • Case Conceptualization and Recommendations
  • Appendix. Psychological Tests and Measures
  • Chapter 6. Foundations of Clinical Work with Children: The Therapeutic Relationship (P. Forrest Talley and Michele Ornelas Knight)
  • Introduction
  • Trust
  • Affection
  • Control
  • Understanding
  • Interest
  • Hope
  • Summary
  • Chapter 7. Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions with Neglectful Parents (Sandra T. Azar and Linda R. Cote)
  • Neglect: A Disorder of Parenting with Many Possible Elements
  • Impact of Neglect on Children’s Development
  • Models of Neglect: A Conceptual Rationale for a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Case Example
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8. Individual Therapy and the Abused Child (P. Forrest Talley)
  • Introduction
  • Every Child Has a Story
  • Finding the Story
  • The Stages of Counseling
  • Case Study
  • Chapter 9. Group Therapy with Children Who Have Experienced Maltreatment (Jane F. Silovsky)
  • Treatment of What? The Importance of Assessment
  • Types of Groups and Goals of Group
  • Additional Group Treatment Topics for Children Affected by Child Maltreatment
  • General Recommendations for Group Therapy
  • Characteristics and Qualifications of the Group Therapists
  • Developmental Considerations
  • Parental Involvement in Treatment
  • Problems and Challenges
  • Case Example
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 10. Child Maltreatment and Family Therapy (John T. Pardeck)
  • A Brief History of Social Systems Theory
  • Overview of Systems Theory
  • Three Approaches to Family Therapy
  • Family-Focused Treatment
  • Brief Case Example
  • The Effects of Separating the Child from the Family
  • Interactional Family Therapy and Families at Risk
  • Case Example
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 11. Parent

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