Childhood Maltreatment: Advances in Psychotherapy

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The serious consequences of child abuse or maltreatment are among the most challenging things therapists encounter. In recent years there has been a surge of interest, and of both basic and clinical research, concerning early traumatization. This volume in the series Advances in Psychotherapy integrates results from the latest research showing the importance of early traumatization into a compact and practical guide for practitioners. Advances in biological knowledge have highlighted the potential chronicity of effects of childhood maltreatment, demonstrating particular life challenges in managing emotions, forming and maintaining healthy relationships, healthy coping, and holding a positive outlook of oneself. Despite the resiliency of many maltreated children, adolescent and young adult well-being is often compromised. This text first overviews our current knowledge of the effects of childhood maltreatment on psychiatric and psychological health, then provides diagnostic guidance, and subsequently goes on to profile promising and effective evidence-based interventions. Consistent with the discussions of treatment, prevention programming that is multi-targeted at issues for maltreated individuals is highlighted. This text helps the practitioner or student to know what to look for, what questions need to be asked, how to handle the sensitive ethical implications, and what are promising avenues for effective coping.

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This installment in the Advances in Psychotherapy series focuses on the area of childhood maltreatment. This book reflects the latest in psychological interventions and is a terrific resource of information.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an evidence-based discussion of the key realities in working with children and adolescents suffering from maltreatment. Secondarily, the book strives to provide the necessary information and treatment interventions of most use to clinicians. The book exceeds the objectives set by the authors.
Audience: Specifically, mental health clinicians and trauma researchers will find this book of most value, but it would serve quite well as a supplement at the graduate level. The authors bring with them substantial expertise.
Features: The book provides an excellent overview of PTSD and the associated course and prognosis of childhood maltreatment. However, the chapter which outlines a considerable number of diagnostic disorders is truly remarkable. The book then focuses on the various empirically-based interventions for both children and parents such as CBT, coping skills training, gradual exposure, and psychoeducation. The case vignette helps facilitate understanding of the material and provides the real-world applicability.
Assessment: This is a concise yet powerful book that all trauma clinicians treating children and adolescents should have on their shelf.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889373143
  • Publisher: Hogrefe Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Series: Advances in Psychotherapy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 1,193,069
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Description 1
2 Theories and models of the effects of childhood maltreatment 17
3 Diagnosis and treatment indications 20
4 Treatment : intervening with childhood maltreatment victims 32
5 Case vignette 52
6 Further reading 56
7 References 57
8 Appendix : tools and resources 60
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