Supporting The Mental Health Of Children In Care: Evidence-Based Practice.
Guishard-Pine Obe, Jeune. McCall, Suzanne. Coleman-Oluwabusola, Gail.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Philadelphia, PA 19106
Intended to contribute to the continued development of the specialist knowledge base required to work therapeutically with children in care and the networks around them, this book shares the lessons from the last 13 years of therapeutic work and research within the Service to Children Requiring Intensive Psychological Therapies (SCRIPT) in the United Kingdom. The book also incorporates contributions from the research and writings of others actively practicing with children in care. Following an introduction, Chapter 1 discusses responding to the distress of children in care, and Chapter 2 addresses themes that emerge for children who enter the care system in the early years and the behaviors that bring them to the attention of child mental health services. Following chapters consider: working with looked after children who self-harm and understanding coping, communication, and suicide; drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication from trauma and past abuse among children in care; the psychotherapeutic assessment of two siblings in foster care and the use of Safe Therapy; working with sexually inappropriate behavior and incest; art psychotherapy with foster children returning to their birth family; the therapeutic journey of children in care; professionalizing foster carers; keeping therapeutic relationships accessible for very traumatized young people in care; the illusion of individual psychotherapy for children in care and integrated working as a kaleidoscope; becoming a mental health specialist working with children in care; culturally competent practice for children in care; Safe Therapy and involving children in care in developing child mental health services; providing a therapeutic space for kinship carers; and child sexual exploitation and multi-dimensional safety for children in care. Numerous references.
mental health services; evidence based practice; foster children; therapeutic intervention; psychotherapy; United Kingdom; self harm; substance abuse; cultural competency; kinship care; sexual exploitation; child abuse;