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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.