The Developmental Science of Early Childhood: Clinical Applications of Infant Mental Health Concepts From Infancy Through Adolescence

The Developmental Science of Early Childhood: Clinical Applications of Infant Mental Health Concepts From Infancy Through Adolescence

by Claudia M. Gold


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The Developmental Science of Early Childhood: Clinical Applications of Infant Mental Health Concepts From Infancy Through Adolescence by Claudia M. Gold

A practical distillation of cutting-edge developmental research for mental health professionals.The field commonly known as "infant mental health" integrates current research from developmental psychology, genetics, and neuroscience to form a model of prevention, intervention, and treatment well beyond infancy. This book presents the core concepts of this vibrant field and applies them to common childhood problems, from attention deficits to anxiety and sleep disorders.Readers will find a friendly guide that distills this developmental science into key ideas and clinical scenarios that practitioners can make sense of and use in their day-to-day work. Part I offers an overview of the major areas of research and theory, providing a pragmatic knowledge base to comfortably integrate the principles of this expansive field in clinical practice. It reviews the newest science, exploring the way relationships change the brain, breakthrough attachment theory, epigenetics, the polyvagal theory of emotional development, the role of stress response systems, and many other illuminating concepts. Part II then guides the reader through the remarkable applications of these concepts in clinical work. Chapters address how to take a textured early developmental history, navigate the complexity of postpartum depression, address the impact of trauma and loss on children's emotional and behavioral problems, treat sleep problems through an infant mental health lens, and synthesize tools from the science of the developing mind in the treatment of specific problems of regulation of emotion, behavior, and attention.Fundamental knowledge of the science of early brain development is deeply relevant to mental health care throughout a client's lifespan. In an era when new research is illuminating so much, mental health practitioners have much to gain by learning this leading-edge discipline's essential applications. This book makes those applications, and their robust benefits in work with clients, readily available to any professional.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393709629
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,194,016
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Claudia M. Gold MD is a pediatrician and writer. She has practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for 25 years, and currently specializes in early childhood mental health. She writes regularly for Psychology Today and is the author of The Silenced Child: From Labels, Medication and Quick-Fix Solutions to Listening, Growth and Lifelong Resilience (2016) and Keeping Your Child in Mind: Overcoming Defiance, Tantrums, and other Everyday Behavior Problems by Seeing the World Through Your Child’s Eyes (2011 ). Dr. Gold is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health program, William James College, and the Austen Riggs Center.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction: A Developmental/Relational Perspective 11

Part I Key Concepts of the Infant Mental Health Paradigm

1 Primary Maternal Preoccupation and Other Foundational Concepts 31

2 Attachment and Mentalization 47

3 Temperament, Sensory Processing, and Related Concepts 73

4 Mutual Regulation and Dyadic Meaning Making 91

5 The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics 111

6 How Relationships Change the Brain 129

Part II Clinical Applications of the Infant Mental Health Paradigm

7 How the Science of Early Childhood Informs the Therapeutic Relationship 161

8 Taking a Textured Early Developmental History 173

9 Reframing Postpartum Depression 185

10 Listening for Multigenerational Loss and Trauma 195

11 Treating Sleep Problems in a Developmental-Relational Context 209

12 Synthesis: Addressing Problems of Regulation of Behavior, Emotion, and Attention Through an Infant Mental Health Paradigm 225

References 259

Index 273

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