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Therapeutic Interventions for Families and Children in the Child Welfare System

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Therapeutic Interventions for Families and Children in the Child Welfare System

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Author: Sheri Pickover PhD, Heather Brown MS, ATR, LPC


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This one-of-a-kind resource for mental health professionals covers treatment issues unique to children and families who have a relationship with the fostercare system. With a focus on understanding how to navigate the complexities of the child welfare system, the book identifies and addresses mental healthand behavioral issues specific to this population and provides proven, effective treatment interventions. It brings together in one place the myriad ofcurrent resources available to help such children and families, and addresses situations that span removal from the home to kin or foster care, toreunification, adoption, or other permanent family connections.

Broad in scope and depth, the text addresses treatment issues not discussed elsewhere, such as how to cope with acting out in the foster home, how to drafta behavior modification plan, and how to maneuver through the court process. It delivers evidence-based guidelines for engaging and collaborating withother professionals, addressing crises, and assisting with transitions. The book also discusses the use of medications and barriers to effective treatment.Strategies are directed at such specific issues as sexual abuse, physical abuse, substance abuse, neglect, trauma, and attachment. Of special interest is afocus on the worldview of the parties involved in the child welfare system, including the child, the family, the birth parent, and the foster parent.Chapters weave case studies, ethical issues, multicultural concerns, and current research into a highly accessible guide.


  • Provides core information about the child welfare system for mental health professionals who work with this population
  • Includes treatments that really work
  • Illustrates, through case studies, how to combat common issues for the child welfare population and their families
  • Describes strategies for engagement, collaboration, addressing crises, and assisting with transitions

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 02, 2016
  • Page Count 288
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826122186

About The Author(s) 

Sheri Pickover, PhD, LPC, is an associate professor and counselor educator at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. She has trained clinical mental health, addiction, and school counselors for 11 years and has published several articles on effective clinical interventions. She also founded and acts as the clinical director of the University of Detroit Mercy Counseling Clinic, a training clinic providing free counseling to primarily court-mandated clients. She provides regular clinical supervision, and as former president of the Michigan Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, she co-developed and implemented a 30-hour clinical supervision training program.

She began her career in mental health providing crisis counseling at a runaway shelter. After obtaining her master’s degree in psychological services, she worked as an in-home family therapist, specialized foster care worker/therapist, foster home licensor, foster care supervisor, clinical supervisor, and delinquency supervisor over the course of 15 years. She testified in court cases, drafted petitions for termination of parental rights, and drove children in foster care to their doctor appointments. Dr. Pickover lives in Southeastern Michigan and enjoys biking and baking brownies for her students and colleagues.

Heather Brown, MS, LPC, ATR, is an art therapist and child and family counselor in private practice. She started her professional career in Baltimore over 14 years ago and has worked as a therapist, trainer, artist, and program developer in a range of settings including a family shelter, special education, and youth development programs, in-home services, and community mental health agencies. After graduating from Eastern Virginia Medical School with her master’s degree in art therapy, Heather moved to Detroit, where she served in a collaborative program providing for the mental health needs of foster children and their families through program development, assessment, treatment planning, advocacy, therapy, parenting classes, and professional trainings.

She happily resides in Detroit with her husband and children. She loves the water, playing, dancing, making things and traveling with her good friends and family.

Table of Contents 




Part I: The Child Welfare System

1 Introduction to the Child Welfare System

Part II: The Client Worldview

2 The Child Perspective

3 The Adult Perspective

Part III: Therapeutic Interventions

4 Beginning Therapy

5 Assessment

6 Diagnosis, Medication, and Child Welfare

7 Treating Attachment

8 Treatment for Loss and Transitions

9 Treating Trauma

10 Behavior Modification and Social Skills

Part IV: Working With Adults in Child Welfare

11 Engaging Families in Treatment

12 Collaborating With Professionals

13 Burnout, Countertransference, Ethics, and Wellness