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Helping Abused and Traumatized Children
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Table of Contents

I. The Context for Clinical Work
1. Basic Principles in Working with Abused and Traumatized Children
2. Guidelines for Integrated Assessments
3. Guidelines for Integrated Treatment
4. Expressive Therapies
5. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
6. Family Therapy and Family Play Therapy
7. Special Issues: Posttraumatic Play and Problems of Dissociation
II. Four Case Illustrations
8. Scotty, the Castle, and the Princess Guard
9. Carla's Search for Her Lost Mother
10. Danger in the Backyard
11. The Witch, the Baby, and the Bug, Sarah Stoudt Briggs
Epilogue

About the Author

Eliana Gil, PhD, Multicultural Clinical Center, Springfield, VA

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'In this book, Eliana Gil skillfully shows how a well-selected repertoire of methods can be flexibly combined and adapted to facilitate the successful treatment of traumatized children. Through excellent, detailed case examples, she demonstrates ways to individualize treatment by attending carefully to the personal meanings and experiences of each child. The cases will be of benefit and interest to professionals experienced in working with children, as well as to students in all of the mental health disciplines. This is an excellent work.' - Kathleen Nader, DSW, Austin, Texas, USA 'What a refreshing book! In the age of managed care, Gil provides a clear and compelling argument for the importance of experience, compassion, and insight. Clinicians know that each child is unique, and a flexible, multidimensional approach to healing is what we need to be able to provide. Gil discusses how she has drawn from various schools of thought and therapeutic models to build a clinical workshop with many tools, and how she has learned to use the right tool at the right time to help traumatized children. I highly recommend this book to anyone working with children.' - Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, ChildTrauma Academy, Houston, Texas, USA 'Gil artfully combines her own experiences as a play therapist with contemporary research findings to provide this practical, interesting guide. Beautifully told accounts of play therapy with young trauma survivors illustrate this thoughtful treatment approach, which integrates cognitive-behavioral, expressive and family therapies. For practitioners as well as students, this book provides a helpful framework for individualizing treatment to fit the unique needs of each child.' - Janine Shelby, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles, and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, USA

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