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April 2006Vol. 7, No. 3Working With Traumatized Children

The understanding and treatment of traumatized children in out-of-home care is the focus of a new book, Working with Traumatized Children in Child Welfare. The book provides a framework for understanding childhood separation, loss, and trauma, as well as a variety of helping interventions that focus on specific populations or treatments.

The book is divided into three main sections:

  • Early chapters examine the impact of trauma on the child welfare population, including principles of neurodevelopment and parental and social conditions that contribute to childhood trauma.
  • Chapters on treatment cover ethnically sensitive practice, children with disabilities, animal-assisted therapy, adolescent mothers, and eye-movement desensitization.
  • A final section of the book discusses proposals for improved collaboration between the child welfare and mental health systems.

Working with Traumatized Children in Child Welfare was edited by N. B. Webb, and contributing authors included a number of experts in child welfare and mental health. It was published by Guilford Publications and is available through their website: