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1st Edition

Working with Traumatized Youth in Child Welfare

Edited By

Nancy Boyd-Webb

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ISBN 9781593852245
Published December 15, 2005 by Guilford Press
316 Pages

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Book Description

Until recently, there has not been a great deal of overlap in the child welfare and trauma literatures. This text bridges that divide by integrating perspectives from both fields to help practitioners understand and address the special needs of maltreated children and adolescents and their families. Current knowledge on attachment, trauma, and risk and resilience is clearly explained, including the impact of abuse on the brain. Readers learn how to conduct assessments and implement a range of effective helping strategies with youth in foster care and other settings. Featuring extensive case illustrations, the book gives particular attention to diversity issues and the importance of supporting child and family strengths.

Table of Contents

Foreword, James R. Dumpson

1. The Nature and Scope of the Problem
Anthony N. Maluccio

2. The Impact of Trauma on Youth and Families in the Child Welfare System
Nancy Boyd Webb

3. Applying the Principles of Neurodevelopment to Clinical Work with Maltreated and Traumatized Children: The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
Bruce D. Perry

4. Assessment of Trauma in Children and Youth
Mark Cameron, Jennifer Elkins, and Neil Guterman

5. Family and Social Factors Affecting Youth in the Child Welfare System
Gary R. Anderson and John Seita

6. Selected Treatment Approaches for Helping Traumatized Youth
Nancy Boyd Webb

7. The Intergenerational Transmission of Family Violence
Elizabeth M. Tracy and Pamela J. Johnson

8. Ethnically Sensitive Practice with Children and Families
Carmen Ortiz Hendricks and Rowena Fong

9. Children with Disabilities in Child Welfare: Empowering the Disenfranchised
Patrick Shannon

10. Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Traumatized Children in Out-of-Home Care
David A.Crenshaw and Kenneth V. Hardy

11. Animal-Assisted Pychotherapy and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy
Susan M. Brooks

12.Treating Traumatized Adolescent Mothers: A Structured Approach
Ruth DeRosa and David Pelcovitz

13. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing with Traumatized Youth
Ricky Greenwald


14. The View from the Child Welfare System
Vincent J. Fontana and Mayu P. B. Gonzales

15. The View from the Mental Health System
Marilyn B. Benoit

Child-Related and Trauma-Related Professional Organizations
National Child Welfare Resource Centers
Training Programs and Certifications
Child-Related and Trauma-Related Professional Journals
Additional Trauma Resources

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Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, LICSW, RPT-S, is a leading authority on play therapy with children who have experienced loss and traumatic bereavement. She is University Distinguished Professor Emerita of Social Work in the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University, where she held an endowed Chair in Child Welfare Studies and founded the Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Child and Adolescent Therapy. Dr. Webb taught clinical practice at Fordham for 30 years. She has published numerous books on child therapy, trauma, and bereavement, including Helping Bereaved Children, Third Edition; Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents in Crisis, Fourth Edition; and Social Work Practice with Children, Fourth Edition. Dr. Webb is an active supervisor, consultant, and trainer who presents frequently at conferences in the United States and internationally. She is a recipient of honors including the Day-Garrett Award from the Smith College School for Social Work, the Clinical Practice Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and the designation of Distinguished Scholar by the National Academies of Practice in Social Work.


"This book is a 'must read' for anyone administrating, investigating, monitoring, or caring for youth in the child welfare system. It supplies basic information for students in mental health and other fields who plan to provide care or treatment for this population. Chapters define problems faced by the child welfare system and the youth and family members under its care, review the effects of maltreatment on the developing brain, and detail treatment methods and interventions that may assist youths’ recovery from (often multiple) traumas."--Kathleen Nader, DSW, Austin, Texas

"This refreshing and long-needed book will open new possibilities for interventions with children and families in the child welfare system. It offers a compelling review of the impact of trauma on a child's brain and development. The assessment and intervention methods, resources, and case examples in every chapter brilliantly integrate theory and practice and support the development of skills that are critical for this work. This is a 'must read' for clinicians, child welfare workers, and program managers, and a great text for students preparing for child welfare practice."--Pat Sandau-Beckler, PhD, LCSW, School of Social Work, New Mexico State University

"Nancy Boyd Webb is a nationally known expert in child treatment, and this timely volume will be a welcome contribution for current and future child welfare practitioners. The book guides the reader through the latest theories and research on the association of early life trauma with developmental psychopathology, then presents empirically based treatment strategies for traumatized maltreated youth. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate classrooms in social work, psychology, nursing, special education--wherever concern for the mental health of maltreated children is found."--Martha Morrison Dore, PhD, Adelphi University School of Social Work