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Treating Traumatized Children
A Casebook of Evidence-Based Therapies

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ISBN 9781462516940
Published September 17, 2014 by Guilford Press
222 Pages

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Book Description

Featuring extensive case studies, this volume provides a unique window into implementation of evidence-based treatments in real-world community settings. Experienced therapists illustrate the use of three effective therapies for traumatized children and their caregivers: trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), child-parent psychotherapy (CPP), and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). Covering the entire process of assessment and intervention, the cases highlight ways to maintain treatment fidelity while addressing complex clinical challenges with diverse clients. Experts in the respective therapy models offer instructive commentaries at the end of each case. The book also provides a concise introduction to each model, including its theoretical underpinnings, empirical support, and applications.

Table of Contents

I. Foundations of Evidence-Based Treatment
1. Understanding Evidence-Based Treatment for Trauma-Exposed Children: Definition, Development, and Misconceptions, Brian Allen
2. The Role of Assessment in Evidence-Based Treatment with Trauma-Exposed Children, Jeffrey N. Wherry
II. Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
3. Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: An Overview, Brian Allen & Natalie Armstrong Hoskowitz
4. TF-CBT with a School-Age Girl with a History of Severe and Prolonged Sexual Abuse: The Case of Mary T., Clare Lucas, with commentary by Benjamin E. Saunders
5.TF-CBT with a School-Age Boy with a History of Neglect and Witnessing Domestic Violence: The Case of Gabriel S., Alexandra Tellez, with commentary by Benjamin E. Saunders
III. Child–Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
6. Child–Parent Psychotherapy: An Overview, Mindy Kronenberg
7. CPP with an Infant Boy in the Child Welfare System: The Case of Claudia and John W., Michele M. Many, with commentary by Patricia Van Horn and Alicia F. Lieberman
8. CPP with a Preschool-Age Boy Living in a Residential Program for Women with Substance Use Disorders: The Case of Deanna and Brian C., Amy R. Sommer & Eda Spielman, with commentary by Patricia Van Horn & Alicia F. Lieberman
IV. Parent–Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
9. Parent–Child Interaction Therapy: An Overview, Joaquin Borrego, Jr., Chelsea Klinkebiel, & Alexandra Gibson
10. PCIT with a School-Age Boy Who Experienced Physical Abuse and Neglect: The Case of Christopher J., Leslie Whitten Baughman, with commentary by Anthony J. Urquiza
11. PCIT with a Preschool-Age Boy Exposed to Domestic Violence and Maternal Depression: The Case of Jeremy S., Dawn M. Blacker, with commentary by Anthony J. Urquiza

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Brian Allen, PsyD, a clinical psychologist, is Director of Mental Health Services at the Center for the Protection of Children at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. Dr. Allen’s research interests focus on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for children who have experienced maltreatment and trauma, understanding the developmental impact of childhood trauma, and assessment and treatment of children with sexual behavior problems. He has written numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Allen is a frequent presenter at conferences related to trauma and child maltreatment and regularly consults with clinicians on the implementation of trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy and parent–child interaction therapy.

Mindy Kronenberg, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Memphis, Tennessee. She is Adjunct Clinical Professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. Kronenberg’s clinical and research interests include infant mental health, the assessment and treatment of trauma across the lifespan, psychological first aid, and the impact of trauma on young children. She has written numerous book chapters and articles for peer reviewed journals, frequently presents at conferences related to trauma and disaster, and is a national trainer for child–parent psychotherapy.


"This book’s innovative use of succinct but thorough overviews of three prominent evidence-based treatment models, combined with case studies and expert commentary, results in a practitioner-oriented educational tool for those of us treating children exposed to trauma. I recommend it for students in graduate school as well as professionals in community practice."--Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH, Associate Director, UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Duke University School of Medicine

"Allen and Kronenberg have creatively addressed the important issue of how to effectively infuse evidence-based practices into clinical work with children of different ages. This is an engaging book because of the integration of research with clinical application. The expert commentaries are particularly helpful for enabling the reader to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of the therapist's approach in each case. This is an important resource for all clinicians who work with traumatized children and their families, as well as for psychology graduate students, child psychiatric residents, and social workers and counselors in training."--Joy D. Osofsky, PhD, Barbara Lemann Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

"An excellent overview of the major empirically based approaches for trauma work with children. The extended case studies with commentaries by major figures in the field highlight the nuanced issues typically encountered in applying these approaches and make this volume incredibly useful for practitioners and students learning these techniques. I recommend this book highly for graduate courses and staff training at agencies. It is useful for introducing the approaches as a prelude to gaining more focused accredited training and/or as follow-up for case discussions."--Sandra T. Azar, PhD, Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

"Provides the practicing clinician with a solid understanding of the core issues in evidence-based approaches for childhood trauma. Case examples from frontline clinicians, along with commentary by treatment experts, highlight real-world applications, choice points, and common challenges. This volume is a helpful addition to the treatment literature, bridging the often-reported chasm between treatment development and clinical practice."--Margaret E. Blaustein, PhD, Director, Center for Trauma Training, Needham, Massachusetts