Children in Family Contexts: Perspectives on Treatment

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Lee Combrinck-Graham
Guilford Press, 2006 - Psychology - 524 pages
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A practical guide to family-based therapy for childhood emotional and behavioral problems. This text presents assessment and treatment strategies that take into account children's developmental needs, different family forms, health and environmental challenges, and relationships with larger systems.
  

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Contents

CHILD MENTAL HEALTH FUNDAMENTALS IN FAMILY CONTEXT
1
Development in Family Contexts
26
Guidelines for a Family Assessment Protocol
51
Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations
71
The Biology of Family Culture
90
DIFFERENT FAMILY STRUCTURES
113
Successful African American SingleParent Families
142
Remarried Systems
163
Children of Parents with Mental Illness
265
Children in Alcoholic Families
292
FAMILIES AND LARGER SYSTEMS
331
A Collaborative Project
356
A Place for Family Therapy
382
The Search
408
LARGER ISSUES AFFECTING CHILDREN
431
Working with Children
456

Children in Foster Families
190
CHILDREN IN FAMILIES
221
Families with Children with Disrupted Attachments
242
The Many Cultures of Child Protection
479
Index
507
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Lee Combrinck-Graham, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the public sector. Her training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic under Salvador Minuchin's direction led her always to wonder, "How can you work with children without their families?" She is still wondering more than 30 years after finishing her training, but she has learned that many do not see it this way; that question became the basis for this book. Dr. Combrinck-Graham lives and works in Fairfield County, Connecticut, a county with some of the greatest wealth in the United States, yet her work as a psychiatric consultant to family service agencies takes her into inner-city homes and schools. This work, though often executed with a prescription pad, affirms daily the importance of social context in understanding and treating the most confounding of child and adolescent emotional and behavioral problems.

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