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Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children

by Joy D Osofsky Guilford Publications
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Presenting crucial knowledge and state-of-the-art treatment approaches for working with young children affected by trauma, this book is an essential resource for mental health professionals and child welfare advocates. Readers gain an understanding of how trauma affects the developing brain, the impact on attachment processes, and how to provide effective help to young children and their families from diverse backgrounds. Top experts in the field cover key evidence-based treatments—including child-parent psychotherapy, attachment-based treatments, and relational interventions—as well as interventions in pediatric, legal, and community settings. Special sections give in-depth attention to deployment-related trauma in military families and the needs of children of substance-abusing parents.

Audience: Child psychologists and psychiatrists, clinical social workers, pediatric medical practitioners, child protection workers, and legal advocates; infant mental health, early intervention, and trauma specialists; students and researchers in these areas.

Age Range: 0—5

Classroom Use: May serve as a text in graduate-level courses in infant mental health or young children and trauma.

1. Introduction: Trauma through the Eyes of a Young Child, Joy D. OsofskyI. Perspectives Related to Trauma and Its Impact on Young Children2. The Impact of Trauma on the Developing Social Brain: Development and Regulation in Relationship, Patricia Van Horn3. "They Just Don't Get It": A Diversity-Informed Approach to Understanding Engagement, Chandra Ghosh Ippen and Marva L. LewisII. Evaluation and Treatment Models for Infants and Young Children Exposed to Trauma4. Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Traumatized Young Children in Kinship Care: Adaptation of an Evidence-Based Intervention, Patricia Van Horn, Lili Gray, Beth Pettinelli, and Natalia Estassi5. Attachment-Based Treatment for Young, Vulnerable Children, Mary Dozier, Johanna Bick, and Kristin Bernard6. Relational Interventions for Young Children Who Have Been Maltreated, Sheree L. Toth, Jody Todd Manly, and Alisa Hathaway7. The Importance of Relationship-Based Evaluations for Traumatized Young Children and Their Caregivers, Amy Dickson and Mindy KronenbergIII. Young Children from Military Families Exposed to Trauma, Including the Stress of Deployment8. The Impact of Parental Combat Injury on Young Military Children, Stephen J. Cozza and Margaret M. Feerick9. Working with Young Children of the National Guard and Reserve during a Family Member's Deployment, Juliet M. Vogel, Jennifer M. Newman, and Sandra J. Kaplan10. Coming Together Around Military Families, Dorinda Williams and Lynette FragaIV. Working in Juvenile Court with Abused and Neglected Young Children of Substance-Abusing Parents 11. Treating Drug-Addicted Mothers and Their Infants: A Guide for Understanding and Clinical Practice, Stacey R. Bromberg and Karen A. Frankel12. Partnerships for Young Children in Court: How Judges Shape Collaborations Serving Traumatized Children, Gwynneth Smith, Mary O'Grady, Donna J. Hitchens, Patricia Van Horn, and Alicia F. Lieberman13. Dependency Drug Court: An Intensive Intervention for Traumatized Mothers and Young Children, Jeri B. Cohen, Gayle A. Dakof, and Eliette Duarte14. Zero to Three Family Drug Treatment Court, Douglas F. JohnsonV. Special Issues 15. Young Children and Disasters: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina about the Impact of Disasters and Postdisaster Recovery, Joy D. Osofsky 16. The Role of Pediatric Practitioners in Identifying and Responding to Traumatized Children, Betsy McAlister Groves and Marilyn Augustyn17. Vicarious Traumatization and the Need for Self-Care in Working with Traumatized Young Children, Joy D. Osofsky

"This edited text focuses on interventions for children under the age of five, an age group that is often lost in other contributions on victims of trauma. The book has other strengths, namely the overview of therapeutic approaches, its practice relevance and evidence-base, and the application of these approaches and research findings across different settings and circumstances....I particularly liked the empathic side of many chapters in considering the impact of interventions on different agencies and staff involved such as mental health professionals and judges. Supervisors and a range of practitioners will find the final chapter on the 'vicarious traumatisation' (or compassion fatigue) of staff extremely valuable; and so will researchers in the field."
Joy D. Osofsky, PhD, a clinical and developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst, is Barbara Lemann Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where she is also Head of the Division of Pediatric Mental Health. Dr. Osofsky is Codirector of the Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center, part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and Director of the Harris Program for Infant Mental Health. Her research, consulting, and clinical work focus on infants, children, and families exposed to trauma as a result of disasters, community and domestic violence, maltreatment, and military deployment. Dr. Osofsky is past president of Zero to Three and of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. She is a recipient of, among other honors, the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and of the Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association, for her work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.