Young Children and Trauma: Intervention and Treatment / Edition 1

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Presenting state-of-the-art knowledge and treatment approaches for working with very young children affected by trauma, this book fills a crucial need for mental health professionals and child welfare advocates. Readers gain an understanding of the impact of severe stress on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; how trauma disrupts crucial early relationships; and ways to collaborate with parents, other caregivers, and broader support systems to facilitate healing and prevent further traumatization. Guidelines are provided for conducting effective assessments and intervening with vulnerable children and families in traditional mental health contexts and in pediatric, legal, and community settings. Giving particular attention to the needs of children who have been neglected or abused, the book also addresses other forms of trauma, including illness, injury, exposure to domestic and community violence, and parental loss.
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"This volume provides a stark and compelling vision of the painful realities about young children exposed to trauma, either as victims or as witnesses. The message is hard to hear for legislatures and communities because the solutions—therapeutic interventions that would provide long-term benefits to these traumatized children—can be costly. But, as Osofsky and her contributing authors show, the cost of doing nothing is even greater. Dispelling longstanding myths about infants' and young children's resiliency, the book mines an extensive body of research to identify ways we can safeguard the health and the future success of our most vulnerable young people."—Hon. Martha P. Grace, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Juvenile Court

"This book is full of practical information on the assessment and treatment of young children exposed to trauma and violence. Clinical and systems issues are explored with sensitivity. In addition to direct intervention, vivid case examples illustrate how helping professionals can intervene in the important caretaking relationships surrounding the child, and can form partnerships with those in the courts, law enforcement, and child welfare."—Robert N. Emde, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

"This book organizes a vast body of knowledge about violence and trauma in the lives of young children and their families. Recovering from trauma is important work influencing a return to health. The authors provide theoretical and clinical insights that serve as a foundation for individuals in the field, including frontline responders, policymakers, and therapists."—Kathryn E. Barnard, PhD, School of Nursing, University of Washington

"This volume gives voice to young children who have been traumatized or abused; to those struggling to help both victims and traumatizers; and to individuals working in our nation's courts, clinical settings, and child welfare systems. Treatment and intervention are given a base founded on research, tested in practice, and motivated by caring. This is an extremely important and valuable book."—Samuel J. Meisels, EdD, President, Erikson Institute

"This is a very timely collection of research and thinking from experts in the field of violence prevention. We all need it—professionals and parents."—T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
 
"Osofsky helps the reader understand the significance of trauma for young children from a multi-perspective view. The book addresses the impact of trauma on neurophysiology, attachment, and culture, as well as the importance of family. Treatment interventions and current policy issues, such as foster care and the court system, are also considered. Used in a graduate clinical practice course, this book provides students with a solid introduction to the myriad and complex issues that traumatized children experience on multiple levels."—Kathleen Monahan, DSW, LCSW, MFT, Director, Family Violence Education and Research Center, Stony Brook University

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: As the title indicates, this book examines the impact that severe stress and trauma have on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers from a neurobiological, behavioral, social, and overall functional level. This is a much needed book on what is sadly an all too common occurrence.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss the most current knowledge about the young child who has been exposed to violence and trauma. Secondly, it is designed to provide clinicians with proven tools, techniques, and strategies for diagnosis and assessment, therapeutic interventions, collaboration with various agencies, and the emotional impact this work has on the clinician. Undoubtedly, these are worthy objectives.
Audience: Child psychologists and psychiatrists, clinical social workers, child protection workers, legal professionals, traumatologists, etc., will benefit from this book. This would also be a perfect fit for any graduate level course on child mental health. The editor and contributing authors are, without question, experts in their respective fields.
Features: The book starts with an excellent foundation for the subsequent chapters by discussing young children and trauma, the cultural issues, and hidden trauma in infancy. The chapter on assessment and treatment is a must read as is the one on diagnostic and treatment issues. Discussion of the legal system and the child welfare system are appropriate and supported with excellent case examples. The case examples are a highlight as they permeate almost the entire book.
Assessment: Comprehensive, up-to-date, and thoroughly interesting, this book covers an area in need of attention and of an authoritative guide such as this.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593854836
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy D. Osofsky, PhD, a psychologist and psychoanalyst, is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans. She is President of Zero to Three/National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families; past president of the World Association for Infant Mental Health; and Director of the Violence Intervention Program for Children and Families and the LSUHSC Harris Center for Infant Mental Health. Following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Osofsky was asked to serve as Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Initiatives for Louisiana Spirit for the Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Mental Health. She is editor or coeditor of Young Children and Trauma, Children in a Violent Society, Handbook of Infant Development, and WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health; and editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal. Dr. Osofsky's research, intervention, and clinical work with infants, children, and families at high psychosocial risk have been recognized with honors and awards from Division 37 of the American Psychological Association, the Juvenile Court Judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit, and the New Orleans City Council, among others.

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Table of Contents

Preface
I. Background and Perspectives: Providing the Foundations for Understanding
Introduction: Different Ways of Understanding Young Children and Trauma
1. Rainbows of Tears, Souls Full of Hope: Cultural Issues Related to Young Children and Trauma, Marva L. Lewis and Chandra Ghosh Ippen
2. Trauma and Attachment: The Case for Disrupted Attachment Disorder, Sarah Hinshaw-Fuselier, Sherryl Scott Heller, Victoria T. Parton, Lara Robinson, and Neil W. Boris
3. "Hidden Trauma" in Infancy: Attachment, Fearful Arousal, and Early Dysfunction of the Stress Response System, Michelle R. Schuder and Karlen Lyons-Ruth
II. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Introduction: What Are We Assessing for, and Why?
4. Assessment and Treatment of Young Children Exposed to Traumatic Events, Alicia F. Lieberman and Patricia Van Horn
5. Diagnostic and Treatment Issues in Cases of Childhood Trauma, Stacy A. Klapper, Nancy S. Plummer, and Robert J. Harmon
6. Relationship Assessment for Young Traumatized Children, Julie A. Larrieu and Shana M. Bellow
7. Identification, Assessment, and Intervention for Young Traumatized Children within a Pediatric Setting, Betsy McAlister Groves and Marilyn Augustyn
8. Traumatized Young Children: Assessment and Treatment Processes, Theodore J. Gaensbauer
III. How to Reach Seriously Traumatized Children Earlier
Introduction: Collaborations for Young Traumatized Children with Juvenile Courts, Law Enforcement, and Child Welfare
9. Healing the Child in Juvenile Court, Joy D. Osofsky and Cindy Lederman
10. Partnerships for Young Children in Court: How Judges Shape Collaborations Serving Traumatized Children, Patricia Van Horn and Donna J. Hitchens
11. Working with Traumatized Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System, Anna T. Smyke, Valerie Wajda-Johnston, and Charles H. Zeanah, Jr.
12. How Law Enforcement and Mental Health Professionals Can Partner to Help Traumatized Children, Joy D. Osofsky, Jill Hayes Hammer, Nancy Freeman, and J. Michael Rovaris
IV. Directions for the Future
13. How Research Informs Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children, Michelle Bosquet
14. Perspectives on Work with Traumatized Young Children: How to Deal with the Feelings Emerging from Trauma Work, Joy D. Osofsky

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