Treating Abused Adolescents

Treating Abused Adolescents

by Eliana Gil, Gil
     
 

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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

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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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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.
4 Stars! from Doody
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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From the Publisher

"Treating Abused Adolescents clearly underscores the author's mastery of the dynamics of the problem. Eliana Gil has presented a helpful work that expands our general base of information and provides 'thoughts and ideas...about how to mitigate the pervasive negative effects of childhood and adolescent abuse.' She combines clinical experience with both systemic considerations and theories of development, attachment, and trauma....The model of treatment she proposes involves empowerment of the victim and an increase in the person's overall functioning....Step-by-step directions are presented along with an abundance of case studies to illustrate the process....Although it addresses complex matters and is appropriate for a professional and college audience, the book is sufficiently lucid to be used for high school and general readership." --Jerry Leismer in Science Books and Films

"Because abuse-focused therapists tend to specialize in either children or adults, adolescent abuse survivors are often neglected by clinicians. Fortunately for all concerned, Eliana Gil has written a wonderful and insightful book on treating this specific population. As usual, her writing sparkles with humanity, intelligence, and technical prowess. And, as usual, I went straight to the famous Eliana-and-the-client dialogues: no one demonstrates the nuts and bolts of (very good) therapy like Dr. Gil." --John Briere, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Southern California School of Medicine

"I enjoyed this book a great deal. It fills a much needed treatment niche. Adolescents are often ignored in case examples in other treatment books. Gil's multicultural case examples rang true and are an important contribution to the literature. One of the most valuable pieces is the transcripts of dialogue that are included as well." --William N. Friedrich, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Readings

"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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572301153
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Eliana Gil, PhD, is founding partner in a private group practice, the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy. Dr. Gil has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment since 1973. A licensed marriage, family, and child counselor; an approved marriage and family therapy supervisor; a registered art therapist; and a registered play therapy supervisor, she is a former President of the Association for Play Therapy, which honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of The Healing Power of Play, Helping Abused and Traumatized Children, and Play in Family Therapy, Second Edition, among many other publications. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Dr. Gil is bilingual and bicultural.

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