Child Psychotherapy

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Child Psychotherapy

SKU# 9780826106735

Integrating Developmental Theory into Clinical Practice

Author: Robbie Adler-Tapia PhD


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All too often children are diagnosed and medicated without the consideration that their symptoms may actually be a healthy response to stressful life events. This integrative guide for mental health practitioners who work with children underscores the importance of considering the etiology of a child's symptoms within a developmental framework before making a diagnosis. Providing advanced training and skills for working with children, the book guides the therapist, step-by-step, through assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment with a focus on the tenets of child development and a consideration of the impact of distressing life events.

The book first addresses child development and the evolution of child psychotherapy from the perspectives of numerous disciplines, including recent findings in neurodevelopmental trauma and neurobiology. It discusses assessment measures, the impact of divorce and the forensic/legal environment on clinical practice, recommendations for HIPAA compliance, evidence-based best practices for treating children, and the requirements for an integrated treatment approach. Woven throughout are indications for case conceptualization including consideration of a child's complete environment.

Key Features:

  • Provides an integrative approach to child psychotherapy from the perspective of healthy development
  • Offers an alternative to the medical model
  • Discusses key theories of child development and psychotherapy
  • Integrates a multimodal approach that considers a child's daily environment
  • Includes a template for organizing and implementing a successful practice
  • Features an instructor's manual and course syllabus

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 22, 2012
  • Page Count 312
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826106735
  • EISBN 9780826106742

About The Author(s) 

Robbie Adler-Tapia , PhD, is a licensed psychologist who has worked with children and families for over 30 years. Her work as a psychologist, educator, consultant, researcher, and writer has been at the cutting edge of treating trauma in young children. She has extensive experience in child welfare, the forensic arena, and working with first responders and public safety. Dr. Adler-Tapia is co-author of EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy With Children and author of Child Psychotherapy, Integrating Developmental Theory into Clinical Practice. She has authored several invited chapters on treating trauma in children in the child welfare system and children who have experienced sexual abuse. Dr. Adler-Tapia presents internationally on treating trauma in children including using EMDR Therapy for attachment and dissociation. She has taught graduate level course work at the university level and supervised interns. Her volunteer work includes promoting EMDR Therapy for the most vulnerable children including training therapists worldwide working in the child welfare system and with children orphaned by AIDS, along with volunteering for a non-profit for law enforcement – PISTLE.

Table of Contents 

Part I: The Need for Developmentally Grounded Child Psychotherapy

    1. Introduction: Child Psychotherapy through the Lens of Developmental Theory
    2. Theories of Developmental Psychology
    3. Theories of Bonding and Attachment and the Impact on Child Psychotherapy
    4. How Advances in Neurobiology, Neurochemistry, Neurophysiology and Medicine Impact Psychotherapy

Part II: Assimilating Developmental Theory into the Pragmatics of Child Psychotherapy

    5. Getting Started with Children in Clinical Practice
    6. Legal and Ethical Issues in Child Psychotherapy
    7. Developmentally Grounded Assessment and Diagnosis
    8. Treatment Planning with Children and Families

Part III: Best Practices in Child Psychotherapy

    9. Current Treatment Methodologies for Psychotherapy With Children
    10. Integrating Theories of Developmental Psychology into the Enactment of Child Psychotherapy
    11. The Basics: Common Presentations to the Psychotherapist's Office
    12. Summary and Conclusions