Treating Abused Adolescents

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The first book to explore the issue of abuse in adolescents both the residual effects of earlier child abuse and current or cumulative abuse this volume provides a sensitive account of how to optimize the value of therapeutic contact with this challenging and compelling population. Illustrating her presentation with case examples from her extensive clinical experience, the author shows when and how to address the abuse to help adolescents move ahead in their development. ...
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Overview

The first book to explore the issue of abuse in adolescents both the residual effects of earlier child abuse and current or cumulative abuse this volume provides a sensitive account of how to optimize the value of therapeutic contact with this challenging and compelling population. Illustrating her presentation with case examples from her extensive clinical experience, the author shows when and how to address the abuse to help adolescents move ahead in their development.

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Reviewer: Jonathan Sherman, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book's focus is on psychological treatment approaches for physically and sexually abused adolescents. Chapters cover a range of topics, including the signs and symptoms of traumatized adolescents, psychotherapy of trauma in general, and specialized issues in the psychotherapy of traumatized adolescents.
Purpose: This book is intended to draw more attention to the treatment needs of the abused and traumatized adolescent, and to this end the author does an exceedingly good job. Although relatively short in length, the book effectively touches on the most salient and often overwhelming aspects of clinical work with this population.
Audience: Although this book would be of interest to a number of professionals that interact with adolescents, i.e., teachers and physicians, it is oriented more specifically to the therapist working directly with abused and traumatized adolescents. This author is very well known in the area of the therapy of trauma and abuse and is particularly skillful at conveying useful and respectful intervention strategies and techniques.
Features: A relatively unique feature of this book is that it includes verbatim transcriptions of therapy sessions illustrating the author's key points. Also provided at the end of the book are a list of references and a subject index.
Assessment: This author is highly effective at guiding a therapist through difficult aspects of the clinical work with this population. The language is jargon-free and accessible to therapists from many different theoretical schools; at the same time, the author integrates many key research findings and discusses important theoretical debates. Clinicians at all experience levels would find use for this book and likely improve their work with abused adolescents.
Jonathan Sherman
This book's focus is on psychological treatment approaches for physically and sexually abused adolescents. Chapters cover a range of topics, including the signs and symptoms of traumatized adolescents, psychotherapy of trauma in general, and specialized issues in the psychotherapy of traumatized adolescents. This book is intended to draw more attention to the treatment needs of the abused and traumatized adolescent, and to this end the author does an exceedingly good job. Although relatively short in length, the book effectively touches on the most salient and often overwhelming aspects of clinical work with this population. Although this book would be of interest to a number of professionals that interact with adolescents, i.e., teachers and physicians, it is oriented more specifically to the therapist working directly with abused and traumatized adolescents. This author is very well known in the area of the therapy of trauma and abuse and is particularly skillful at conveying useful and respectful intervention strategies and techniques. A relatively unique feature of this book is that it includes verbatim transcriptions of therapy sessions illustrating the author's key points. Also provided at the end of the book are a list of references and a subject index. This author is highly effective at guiding a therapist through difficult aspects of the clinical work with this population. The language is jargon-free and accessible to therapists from many different theoretical schools; at the same time, the author integrates many key research findings and discusses important theoretical debates. Clinicians at all experience levels would find use for this book and likely improve their workwith abused adolescents.
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Papers from the March 1995 meeting look at theoretical and practical aspects of multidisciplinary pain centers (MPCs) and discuss issues such as the definition of the MPC, whether MPC concepts are revolutionary, and whether pain medicine is best construed as a discrete specialty. Contains sections on pain center approaches, the pain center model, definitions of successful outcome, the social and economic impact of pain, and pain medicine as a specialty. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"As often with Gil's books, this reader is left wishing she could drop into her office for discussion of a particularly challenging case. Like Gil's earlier works, this one provides a deep appreciation of the literature on abuse, child development, and therapy, combined with clearly described and well-developed therapeutic strategies, all presented with an energizing warmth and humaneness....Novice and experienced therapists alike will find this volume worth many times its modest purchase price."—Readings

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572301153
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,395,269
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Eliana Gil, PhD, is senior partner in a private group practice in Fairfax, Virginia, the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, which provides therapy, consulting, and training services. She is also Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy in northern Virginia. Dr. Gil has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment for nearly 40 years. A licensed marriage, family, and child counselor; approved marriage and family therapy supervisor; registered play therapist; and registered play therapy supervisor, Dr. Gil has served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse, and is a former President of the Association for Play Therapy. She is the author of The Healing Power of Play: Working with Abused Children; Play in Family Therapy; Treating Abused Adolescents; Helping Abused and Traumatized Children: Integrating Directive and Nondirective Approaches, and other acclaimed books and video programs on child abuse and related topics. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Dr. Gil is bilingual and bicultural.

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Table of Contents

1 Adolescence and Abuse: An Overview 1
2 Theories of Adolescent Development 23
3 Current versus Cumulative Abuse of Adolescents 50
4 Assessment and Treatment 77
5 Structured Processing of Trauma 120
6 General Principles in Working with Abused Adolescents 155
7 Treatment Modalities 187
Afterword 203
References 207
Index 217
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