Child Psychotherapy: Integrating Developmental Theory into Clinical Practice

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Overview

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826106735
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/20/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 782,650
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbie Adler-Tapia
, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has worked with children and families for 25 years. Her work has been at the cutting edge of treating trauma in young children as she has worked as a psychologist, educator, consultant, researcher and writer. She has extensive experience in child welfare, in the forensic arena, and working with first responders. Dr. Adler-Tapia is co-author of EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy With Children, along with several invited chapters on treating trauma in children in the child welfare system and trauma treatment for children who have experienced sexual abuse. She has presented internationally on the treatment of trauma in children including using EMDR for attachment and dissociation. She has taught graduate level course work at the university level and supervised interns. Her volunteer work includes promoting EMDR HAPKIDS, while working internationally to train therapists working with children orphaned by AIDS.

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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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