1st Edition

Multicultural Child Maltreatment Risk Assessment Effective Evaluation for Diverse Populations

By Vassilia Binensztok Copyright 2021
    240 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Multicultural Child Maltreatment Risk Assessment provides detailed descriptions of child maltreatment assessment and key strategies for culturally informed risk assessment in families.

    The book presents a new model for evaluating families that includes cultural competence, a conceptualization of adequate parenting, and strategies for reflective decision making. Chapters address a range of factors including race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexuality. Ten case studies, each including discussion prompts, challenge the reader to apply forensic evaluation techniques for effective and ethical decision making in complex and ambiguous cases. Both experienced mental health providers and students will come away from the book with a deeper understanding of child maltreatment and its effects, models and modes of assessment, and factors that place families at greater risk.

    List of Figures List of Tables Preface 1. Introduction to Multicultural Child Maltreatment Risk Assessment 2. Defining Child Maltreatment 3. Effects of Child Maltreatment 4. Families at Risk 5. Assessing Families for Risk 6. Assessing Children for Maltreatment 7. Multicultural Considerations in Assessment 8. The Adequate Parent 9. Decision Making in Child Maltreatment Risk Assessment Index


    Vassilia Binensztok, PhD, is an affiliate professor at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and a certified forensic mental health evaluator with extensive experience working in the child welfare system, the family court system, and counseling adult survivors of childhood trauma.

    "Dr. Binensztok expertly takes on the complex and ambiguous subject of child maltreatment by presenting clear recommendations for culturally sensitive and evidence-based guidelines for mental health professionals. This book will enable a range of therapists, from the novice to the experienced, to best navigate the murky waters of child endangerment and parent intervention. All counselors would benefit from having this book on their shelves." — Ali Cunningham Abbott, PhD, associate professor of counseling, Lynn University, USA

    "So often we discuss the importance of multicultural awareness and competence and yet there are large gaps in providing these multiculturally aware services. Dr. Binensztok took this critical concept and wrote about it in a way that transcends professional fields, so the book can be used by and benefit providers involved with mandated reporting. This book will help counselors feel confident and prepared as they navigate the complexities of child maltreatment." — Ashley J. Luedke, PhD, LMHC, assistant professor, counselor education, St. Bonaventure University, USA