Assessing and Treating Physically Abused Children and Their Families

by David Kolko &
Cynthia Cupit Swenson

This volume offers a comprehensive, practical approach to the assessment and treatment of physically abused children, covering child-specific, parent-specific, and family-specific interventions. It is one of the primary resource materials for David Kolko's training program in Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT).

The book presents an overview of child physical abuse (including statistics and consequences), discusses outcome studies and treatment implications, as well as assessment and treatment. It is primarily designed as a guide for professional mental health practitioners to help them:

  • Understand children’s abuse experiences, views, exposures to violence, and help expose thinking errors or negative attributions.
  • Discuss anxiety management, anger management, social skills, and safety plans with children.
  • Allow parents to understand child management and development, expectations and cognitive distortions, behavior management, and discipline.
  • Facilitate family communication and problem solving. 

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Handbook on Firesetting in Children and Youth

Edited by David J. Kolko

This book provides information on juvenile firesetters and reviews the current research on youthful firesetters and arsonists. The work illustrates methods of fire scene investigation and assessment relating to child-parent and family factors. This information is then used to prescribe interventions with the individual along with community-wide programs. The work also provides current information on fire safety education and curricula, with explicit training materials. Finally, the book addresses the need for residential treatment centers and training schools on methods for handling firesetting youth and maintaining a fire safe environment.

Key Features

  • Presents a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Describes and illustrates current tools and techniques.
  • Includes materials encouraging both fire safety and mental health intervention.
  • Contributors are nationally known experts in their field

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