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Childhood Maltreatment

by Christine Wekerle, David A. Wolfe, Judith A. Cohen, Daniel S. Bromberg, Laura Murray

Series: Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice - Volume 4

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This evidence-based guide to assessing, reporting, and treating childhood maltreatment is essential reading for any professional working with children.

  • Latest knowledge about childhood maltreatment
  • Hands-on information on trauma-based CBT
  • Lists extensive practical resources, including webinars
  • Sample workflow of a child protection case
  • Ideal for those training to be expert witnesses

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The new edition of this popular, evidence-based guide compiles and reviews all the latest knowledge on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood maltreatment – including neglect and physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional abuse. Readers are led through this complex problem with clear descriptions of legal requirements for recognizing, reporting, and disclosing maltreatment as well as the best assessment and treatment methods. The focus is on the current gold standard approach – trauma-focused CBT. An appendix provides a sample workflow of a child protection case and a list of extensive resources, including webinars.

This book is thus invaluable for those training or working as expert witnesses in childhood maltreatment and is also essential reading for child psychologists, child psychiatrists, forensic psychologists, pediatricians, family practitioners, social workers, public health nurses, and students.

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From the reviews

"An excellent primer on childhood maltreatment for undergraduate and graduate students in courses in various helping profession fields such as social work, human services, public health, medicine, psychology as well as human development, public administration, and public policy. It [...] includes a concise introduction to aspects of child maltreatment, identifying, diagnosing, and treating child maltreatment using TF-CBT.
The authors are well-known and recognized for their work in the field."

Jennifer M. Geiger, Jane Addams College of Social Work, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607, USA, in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, vol. 36, 2019

"As I have previous experience with this series of books, I knew that even though the book was short, it would be dense with information. It’s best to approach this series as a reference and glean what you need.
I did find that it was quite practical for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in any age group. I have recently started seeing a PTSD patient and have been at a loss.
I am happy to announce that the skills I learned from reading this book have completely changed my last few sessions with my PTSD patient. Her mood and functioning have greatly improved and she is pursuing new life goals.
I think that anyone who deals with children—teachers, coaches, doctors, nurses, etc. — should read this book."

Vivian Chow, MD, in Medical Psychotherapy Review, 2019

Praise for the book

“This comprehensive, yet concise, volume presents the latest scientific research on child maltreatment and state-of-the-art interventions. The guidance on trauma-informed treatment for victims is especially useful. Written by an outstanding team of scholars, this will be a much-referenced book for students, practitioners, and researchers in a wide variety of settings.”
Sherry Hamby, PhD, Editor of Psychology of Violence, Director of Life Paths Appalachian Research Center (LPARC), Founder and Co-Chair of ResilienceCon, Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South, Monteagle, TN

“Written by leaders in the field, the second edition of Childhood Maltreatment presents the latest information on the topic in a readily absorbable and useful manner, including relevant case examples and practical resources. This book is an important tool on clinical care for professionals addressing child abuse and neglect.”
Jane F. Silovsky, PhD, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

“This book is a brief, valuable resource that can serve as an introductory primer for those beginning to learn about maltreatment and as a refresher for experienced professionals wanting an up-to-date perspective. It provides concise coverage of the evidence-base on a wide range of important topics of interest to practitioners and researchers, including examination of assessment and treatment issues, with an emphasis on trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy.”
David J. Hansen, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program and the Law–Psychology Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

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