Child Psychotherapy: Integrating Developmental Theory into Clinical Practice

Child Psychotherapy: Integrating Developmental Theory into Clinical Practice

by Robbie Adler-Tapia
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0826106730

ISBN-13: 9780826106735

Pub. Date: 06/20/2012

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

All too often children are diagnosed and medicated without the consideration that their symptoms may actually be a healthy response to stressful life events. This integrative guide for mental health practitioners who work with children underscores the importance of considering the etiology of a child's symptoms within a developmental framework before making a

Overview

All too often children are diagnosed and medicated without the consideration that their symptoms may actually be a healthy response to stressful life events. This integrative guide for mental health practitioners who work with children underscores the importance of considering the etiology of a child's symptoms within a developmental framework before making a diagnosis. Providing advanced training and skills for working with children, the book guides the therapist, step-by-step, through assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment with a focus on the tenets of child development and a consideration of the impact of distressing life events.

The book first addresses child development and the evolution of child psychotherapy from the perspectives of numerous disciplines, including recent findings in neurodevelopmental trauma and neurobiology. It discusses assessment measures, the impact of divorce and the forensic/legal environment on clinical practice, recommendations for HIPAA compliance, evidence-based best practices for treating children, and the requirements for an integrated treatment approach. Woven throughout are indications for case conceptualization including consideration of a child's complete environment.

Key Features:

  • Provides an integrative approach to child psychotherapy from the perspective of healthy development
  • Offers an alternative to the medical model
  • Discusses key theories of child development and psychotherapy
  • Integrates a multimodal approach that considers a child's daily environment
  • Includes a template for organizing and implementing a successful practice
  • Features an instructor's manual and course syllabus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826106735
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/20/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
800,520
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: The Need for Developmentally Grounded Child Psychotherapy


    1. Introduction: Child Psychotherapy through the Lens of Developmental Theory

    2. Theories of Developmental Psychology

    3. Theories of Bonding and Attachment and the Impact on Child Psychotherapy

    4. How Advances in Neurobiology, Neurochemistry, Neurophysiology and Medicine Impact Psychotherapy

Part II: Assimilating Developmental Theory into the Pragmatics of Child Psychotherapy


    5. Getting Started with Children in Clinical Practice

    6. Legal and Ethical Issues in Child Psychotherapy

    7. Developmentally Grounded Assessment and Diagnosis

    8. Treatment Planning with Children and Families

Part III: Best Practices in Child Psychotherapy


    9. Current Treatment Methodologies for Psychotherapy With Children

    10. Integrating Theories of Developmental Psychology into the Enactment of Child Psychotherapy

    11. The Basics: Common Presentations to the Psychotherapist's Office

    12. Summary and Conclusions

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