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Foster Care Therapist Handbook: Relational Approaches to the Children and Their Families
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Product Code: 0463
ISBN: 9781587600463
Published 2008

Editors Robert E. Lee PhD, ABPP, and Jason B. Whiting PhD have produced an immensely readable guide for therapists who work with children in foster care. Foster Care Therapist Handbook: Relational Approaches to the Children and Their Families focuses on the very successful relational therapy approach, which considers the whole relational environment for each child and endeavors to get all parts of it to work together for the child's sake.

Each section in this comprehensive guide is written by experts in the field. As a result, this volume draws on decades of experience and is expressed in plain terms and loaded with real-life examples. All facets of a therapist’s workload are addressed, from infants needing developmental catch-up to teenagers benefiting from "hip-hop therapy" to burnt-out therapists requiring care themselves.

By viewing these therapeutic responsibilities through the lens of relational therapy, all aspects are placed into proportion, so they can be easily identified and worked out. The emphasis is on "What works with my case, right here, right now? What will help me help them?"

Praise for Foster Care Therapist Handbook

"The book will live up to my expectations: It is direct, practical, and offers fresh solutions to the intractable problems of the most vulnerable children in the child protection system. It is important reading for everyone who wants to stop the suffering of the children, of both their families, and of the professionals who too often are drained by the 'system.'"

--Patricia M. Crittenden PhD

Director, Family Relations Institute

"The information contained in this book is essential reading for social work students and agency personnel who work with foster children."

--Waln K. Brown PhD

Founder & CEO, The William Gladden Foundation


Part 1, The Culture and Environment of Foster Care

The Culture and Environment of Foster Care

An Ecosystemic Approach to Foster Care

Cultural Issues: Diversity and Child Welfare

The Perspective of the Consumer: Foster Children Tell Us What They Need

Ambiguous Loss: A Key Component of Foster Care

Part 2, Family Therapy Approaches

The Case for Relational Therapy with Young Children in Foster Care

Parent-Child Therapy for Traumatized YoungChildren in Foster Care

Providing Developmentally Appropriate Family Therapy

An Integrative Approach Involving the Biological and Foster Family Systems

Kinship Placements: An Integrative Approach

Creative Ways to Strengthen Family Bonds

Intervening with Foster Infants' Foster Parents: Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up

Supporting the Work of Foster Parents

"It Isn't Right!" The Need to Redress Experiences of Injustice in Child Abuse and Neglect

Part 3, Important "Other" Issues

"I Want This Child Out of Here Now!" How to Deal with Sexualized Acting Out in the Foster Environment: A "SMART" Approach to Assessment and Treatment

Combating a Family Culture of Violence

"We're in It Together": Family Therapy Where Substance Abuse Is a Problem

Teaching Developmentally Appropriate Parenting

"Ready or Not, Here I Come!": Equipping Families for Transitions

"But I Don't Trust You": Recognizing and Dealing with Parents' History of Trauma: The Story of Amy

When the Helper Becomes Traumatized: Taking Care of You