Children in Family Contexts, Second Edition: Perspectives on Treatment / Edition 2

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Overview

Based on the premise that the family is a child's primary resource, this much-needed work bridges the gap between family therapy and child therapy by putting the child's experience into a family context. A unique and wide-ranging examination of young children within families and the larger systems that contain them, this volume features noted therapists who represent a variety of theoretical systemic models. They apply these approaches to the understanding of children, their families, and the diversity of challenges and environmental conditions that confront them.

Organized into five parts, Section I of Children In Family Contexts addresses general issues from the point of view of the child mental health professional, examining treatment, development, and dysfunction, and demonstrating how the introduction of a family systems framework enriches these perspectives. Section II examines children in different types of family structures including two-parent, single-parent, adoptive, and remarried families. Section III covers some of the kinds of exceptional difficulties that families with young children often have to face. Children with cognitive handicaps, chronic physical illness, and obesity are discussed as well as such topics as the death of a parent, parental substance abuse, and mental illness. Section IV focuses on the interface between families and the larger systems including the extended family, schools, the legal system, and foster-care or placement systems. And Section V discusses the ways in which agencies, attitudes, and families shape both beliefs and management.

Diverse in its approach, Children In Family Contexts demonstrates that assessing and working through the family relationship constitutes a powerful means of supporting and sustaining child development. As such, the book is an invaluable resource for any clinician who treats either children or families with children. It also serves as an enlightening text for graduate courses in family and child therapy.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Emphasizing the transactional relationship between child development and family process, this book provides broad and deep coverage of contemporary families. Each chapter offers specific approaches to intervention. In this new edition, the chapters on attachment disorders, school-based interventions, family violence, and legal issues are particularly relevant and valuable. This book will be useful in graduate family therapy courses in all the mental health disciplines, and will also be a valued reference for child and family therapists."--Douglas Davies, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Michigan

"This thoughtfully revised and significantly expanded volume continues to support clinicians who seek to bridge theory and practice in our increasingly complex ecology. It offers important perspectives on children in all contexts, within the widened scope of school, court, and other community systems, as well as the intrafamilial. The editor not only selects developmental and other theoretical lenses to facilitate understanding, but also provides data-based models with which to intervene. This book can help shape more apt interventions for families dealing with life’s vicissitudes, both acute and chronic--for example, single parenthood, parental divorce and remarriage, family illnesses and deaths, alcoholism, violence, and immigration."--Fred Gottlieb, MD, Family Therapy Institute of Southern California

"This second edition is an excellent successor to a classic work in the field. The volume focuses on issues pertinent to children and their families in the 21st century, paying thoughtful attention to such new topics as children in foster families and the many cultures of child protection. Consistent with the current zeitgeist, an emphasis is now placed on the biology of family culture and family therapy in an age of biological psychiatry. This highly readable book is an absolute 'must' for all family therapy educators. As a text, it will help students develop a child-in-family way of thinking and learn to apply this approach in assessment and intervention with families. Practicing clinicians will appreciate this book as well, and will find it comprehensive, informative, and engaging."--Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine

Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

"This is a diverse text whose authors present a variety of theoretical ideas and practical ways of working. The first part of the book offers a useful textbook style approach to promoting child-in-family thinking and working and would be of interest and potential value to anyone involved in working with children and their families. In my opinion, the most interesting sections of the book followed, in the chapters referring to specific or specialist areas for service provision. Although these chapters will be more or less relevant to professionals working in different services, the authors present a depth of knowledge, experience, and reflection about the different issues presented, alongside on obvious enthusiasm for improving the understanding of children and the contexts of their lives and incorporating this into clinical work. The chapters stand alone, so are easily accessible and the style of the collection makes the book alive and interesting enough to be read as a whole."--Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
From the Publisher
"Emphasizing the transactional relationship between child development and family process, this book provides broad and deep coverage of contemporary families. Each chapter offers specific approaches to intervention. In this new edition, the chapters on attachment disorders, school-based interventions, family violence, and legal issues are particularly relevant and valuable. This book will be useful in graduate family therapy courses in all the mental health disciplines, and will also be a valued reference for child and family therapists."—Douglas Davies, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Michigan

"This thoughtfully revised and significantly expanded volume continues to support clinicians who seek to bridge theory and practice in our increasingly complex ecology. It offers important perspectives on children in all contexts, within the widened scope of school, court, and other community systems, as well as the intrafamilial. The editor not only selects developmental and other theoretical lenses to facilitate understanding, but also provides data-based models with which to intervene. This book can help shape more apt interventions for families dealing with life’s vicissitudes, both acute and chronic—for example, single parenthood, parental divorce and remarriage, family illnesses and deaths, alcoholism, violence, and immigration."—Fred Gottlieb, MD, Family Therapy Institute of Southern California

"This second edition is an excellent successor to a classic work in the field. The volume focuses on issues pertinent to children and their families in the 21st century, paying thoughtful attention to such new topics as children in foster families and the many cultures of child protection. Consistent with the current zeitgeist, an emphasis is now placed on the biology of family culture and family therapy in an age of biological psychiatry. This highly readable book is an absolute 'must' for all family therapy educators. As a text, it will help students develop a child-in-family way of thinking and learn to apply this approach in assessment and intervention with families. Practicing clinicians will appreciate this book as well, and will find it comprehensive, informative, and engaging."—Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine

Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
"This is a diverse text whose authors present a variety of theoretical ideas and practical ways of working. The first part of the book offers a useful textbook style approach to promoting child-in-family thinking and working and would be of interest and potential value to anyone involved in working with children and their families. In my opinion, the most interesting sections of the book followed, in the chapters referring to specific or specialist areas for service provision. Although these chapters will be more or less relevant to professionals working in different services, the authors present a depth of knowledge, experience, and reflection about the different issues presented, alongside on obvious enthusiasm for improving the understanding of children and the contexts of their lives and incorporating this into clinical work. The chapters stand alone, so are easily accessible and the style of the collection makes the book alive and interesting enough to be read as a whole."—Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Booknews
An integration of family therapy and child therapy methods, for the child mental health professional. Major sections address children's issues in family therapy, family shapes, special families and circumstances, managing larger systems of childhood, and local and world communities. Specific topics include relational ethics, adopted children, alcohol abuse, the family in the legal system, family violence, and psychology of the nuclear age. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593852634
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/30/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 524
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Lee Combrinck-Graham, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the public sector. Her training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic under Salvador Minuchin's direction led her always to wonder, "How can you work with children without their families?" She is still wondering more than 30 years after finishing her training, but she has learned that many do not see it this way; that question became the basis for this book. Dr. Combrinck-Graham lives and works in Fairfield County, Connecticut, a county with some of the greatest wealth in the United States, yet her work as a psychiatric consultant to family service agencies takes her into inner-city homes and schools. This work, though often executed with a prescription pad, affirms daily the importance of social context in understanding and treating the most confounding of child and adolescent emotional and behavioral problems.
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Table of Contents


I. Child Mental Health Fundamentals in Family Context
1. The Child in Family Therapy: Guidelines for Active Engagement across the Age Span, Tanya B. White and Richard Chasin
2. Development in Family Contexts, Geri Fox
3. Guidelines for a Family Assessment Protocol, Edith Catlin Lawrence
4. Family Therapy in an Age of Biological Psychiatry: Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations, Allan M. Josephson
5. The Biology of Family Culture, Douglas A. Kramer
II. Different Family Structures
6. Two-Parent Families, or How To Love a Two-Headed Monster, Douglas A. Kramer
7. Successful African American Single-Parent Families, Marion Lindblad-Goldberg
8. Remarried Systems, Mary F. Whiteside
9. Children in Foster Families, Kim Sumner-Mayer
III. Children in Families Facing Specific Challenges
10. Children with Chronic Illness and Physical Disabilities, Judith A. Libow
11. Families with Children with Disrupted Attachments, Lee Combrinck-Graham and Susan B. McKenna
12. Children of Parents with Mental Illness, Alan Cooklin
13. The Invisible Illness: Children in Alcoholic Families, Stuart A. Copans
14. Families Coping with the Death of a Parent: The Therapist's Role, Joan C. Barth
IV. Families and Larger Systems
15. The Family's Own System: The Symbolic Context of Health, David V. Keith
16. Partners for Success: A Collaborative Project in School-Based Mental Health Practice and Training, Phebe Sessions and Verba Fanolis
17. Children in Placement: A Place for Family Therapy, Ann Itzkowitz
18. The Family and the Legal System: The Search for an Intelligent Integration, G. Pirooz Sholevar
V. Larger Issues Affecting Children in Families
19. A Model for Disrupting Cycles of Violence in Families with Young Children, John Brendler
20. Of Two Worlds: Working with Children in Immigrant Families, Veronica Barenstein and Ema Genijovich
21. The Many Cultures of Child Protection, Begum Maitra
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