Working with Traumatized Youth in Child Welfare / Edition 1

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Until recently, there has not been a great deal of overlap in the child welfare and trauma literatures. This text promises to cross that divide by integrating perspectives from both fields to help practitioners understand and address the special needs of maltreated children and adolescents and their families. Current knowledge on attachment, trauma, and risk and resilience is clearly explained, including the impact of abuse on the brain. Readers learn how to conduct assessments and implement a range of effective helping strategies with youth in foster care and other settings. Featuring extensive case illustrations, the book gives particular attention to diversity issues and the importance of supporting child and family strengths.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is a 'must read' for anyone administrating, investigating, monitoring, or caring for youth in the child welfare system. It supplies basic information for students in mental health and other fields who plan to provide care or treatment for this population. Chapters define problems faced by the child welfare system and the youth and family members under its care, review the effects of maltreatment on the developing brain, and detail treatment methods and interventions that may assist youths’ recovery from (often multiple) traumas."--Kathleen Nader, DSW, Austin, Texas

"This refreshing and long-needed book will open new possibilities for interventions with children and families in the child welfare system. It offers a compelling review of the impact of trauma on a child's brain and development. The assessment and intervention methods, resources, and case examples in every chapter brilliantly integrate theory and practice and support the development of skills that are critical for this work. This is a 'must read' for clinicians, child welfare workers, and program managers, and a great text for students preparing for child welfare practice."--Pat Sandau-Beckler, PhD, LCSW, School of Social Work, New Mexico State University

"Nancy Boyd Webb is a nationally known expert in child treatment, and this timely volume will be a welcome contribution for current and future child welfare practitioners. The book guides the reader through the latest theories and research on the association of early life trauma with developmental psychopathology, then presents empirically based treatment strategies for traumatized maltreated youth. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate classrooms in social work, psychology, nursing, special education--wherever concern for the mental health of maltreated children is found."--Martha Morrison Dore, PhD, Adelphi University School of Social Work

Clinical Social Work Journal

"A text that is exceptionally well grounded with regard to concepts, theory, practice, and evidence. It is a book that lays a foundation and a challenge for bridging the gap between child welfare and mental health systems in order to optimally help traumatized youth and families....This edited volume ends with an extremely valuable appendix that lists child- and trauma-related organizations, national child welfare resource centers, training and certification programs, and child- and trauma-related professional journals....The text will be of value to all who lead, educate for, and practice within systems striving to work competently and compassionately with traumatized youth and families. Working with Traumatized Youth in Child Welfare is much more than its title—it defines gaps in trauma work and constructs some sturdy bridles for the benefit of children, adolescents, families, and clinicians."--Clinical Social Work Journal

"Makes a good contribution toward providing practitioners who have not had training in disaster mental health or trauma, with information and resources....Webb's book is a helpful guide to practice, and it includes a wide span of possible interventions and related issues....A useful tool in examining pertinent issues related to work with child trauma survivors in the child welfare system."--PsycCRITIQUES
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593852245
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Social Work Practice with Children and Families Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 1,217,195
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, BCD, RPT-S, is a leading authority on play therapy with children who have experienced loss and traumatic bereavement. A board-certified diplomate in clinical social work and a registered play therapy supervisor, Dr. Webb is University Distinguished Professor of Social Work at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. In addition to teaching, writing, and consulting, she maintains a clinical practice and supervises and consults with schools and agencies. She lectures and conducts workshops throughout the United States and internationally on play therapy, trauma, and bereavement.
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Table of Contents

Foreword, James R. Dumpson

1. The Nature and Scope of the Problem
Anthony N. Maluccio

2. The Impact of Trauma on Youth and Families in the Child Welfare System
Nancy Boyd Webb

3. Applying the Principles of Neurodevelopment to Clinical Work with Maltreated and Traumatized Children: The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
Bruce D. Perry

4. Assessment of Trauma in Children and Youth
Mark Cameron, Jennifer Elkins, and Neil Guterman

5. Family and Social Factors Affecting Youth in the Child Welfare System
Gary R. Anderson and John Seita

6. Selected Treatment Approaches for Helping Traumatized Youth
Nancy Boyd Webb

7. The Intergenerational Transmission of Family Violence
Elizabeth M. Tracy and Pamela J. Johnson

8. Ethnically Sensitive Practice with Children and Families
Carmen Ortiz Hendricks and Rowena Fong

9. Children with Disabilities in Child Welfare: Empowering the Disenfranchised
Patrick Shannon

10. Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Traumatized Children in Out-of-Home Care
David A.Crenshaw and Kenneth V. Hardy

11. Animal-Assisted Pychotherapy and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy
Susan M. Brooks

12.Treating Traumatized Adolescent Mothers: A Structured Approach
Ruth DeRosa and David Pelcovitz

13. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing with Traumatized Youth
Ricky Greenwald


14. The View from the Child Welfare System
Vincent J. Fontana and Mayu P. B. Gonzales

15. The View from the Mental Health System
Marilyn B. Benoit

Child-Related and Trauma-Related Professional Organizations
National Child Welfare Resource Centers
Training Programs and Certifications
Child-Related and Trauma-Related Professional Journals
Additional Trauma Resources

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

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    Working with Traumatized Youth in Child Welfare- a book for professionals in the social science as well as for individuals interested in humans in need of a safe and stable home

    In my personal opinion this book has been very helpful. As I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I used it for training purposes and find interesting aspects of the welfare system and better ways to assist children's needs as a therapist. It opens one's minds into looking beyond a child's symptoms and working toward healing process in a comfortable and safety environment for children in need. I hope others are able to enjoy it and gain like I did, which in the end, those in need also gain and benefit.

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