Treating Infants and Young Children Impacted by Trauma: Interventions That Promote Healthy Development.
Concise Guides on Trauma Care Book Series.
Osofsky, Joy D. Stepka, Phillip T. King, Lucy S.
x, 149 p.
American Psychological Association
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Part of a series on trauma care, this book focuses on treating infants and young children impacted by trauma. It provides an overview of trauma-based treatments for children from birth through age 5. Following an introduction, Chapter 1 reviews research findings related to the effects of early trauma on psychobiological development, including the developing brain and physiology, cognitive and linguistic capacities, and emotions and relationships. The effects of different types of trauma to which young children are exposed are highlighted, with particular emphasis on maltreatment and domestic violence. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 describe three evidence-based treatments that are used in evaluating and providing services for young children affected by traumatic events: parent psychotherapy, attachment and biobehavioral catch-up intervention, and parent-child interaction therapy. Each of these chapters describes the theoretical base, goals and evaluations, evidence base, and implementation strategies for these treatments. Chapter 5 focuses on different treatment possibilities and explains what treatment works for whom. It provides a road map to guide clinicians through the criteria included in the evaluation process and the decisions about which treatment might be most helpful for an individual child and caregiver. An Afterword provides a perspective on the fields of infant mental health and trauma and offers suggestions about directions for the future in these areas. Numerous references.
childhood trauma; mental health services; therapeutic intervention; trauma informed practice; preschool children; evidence based practice; psychotherapy; parent child relationships; child abuse; child witnesses of family violence