Child Development: A Practitioner's Guide

Child Development: A Practitioner's Guide

Hardback Social Work Practice with Children and Families

By (author) Douglas Davies

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 510 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 28mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1606239090
  • ISBN 13: 9781606239094
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 227,555

Product description

This widely used practitioner resource and course text provides an engaging overview of developmental theory and research, with a focus on what practitioners need to know. The author explains how children's trajectories are shaped by transactions among early relationships, brain development, and the social environment. Developmental processes of infancy, toddlerhood, the preschool years, and middle childhood are described. The book shows how children in each age range typically behave, think, and relate to others, and what happens when development goes awry. It demonstrates effective ways to apply developmental knowledge to clinical assessment and intervention. Vivid case examples, observation exercises, and quick-reference tables facilitate learning.

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Author information

Douglas Davies, MSW, PhD, until his death in 2015, was Lecturer at the School of Social Work, University of Michigan. An infant mental health specialist, he published numerous clinical articles on intervention with toddlers and parents, traumatized children, and child cancer survivors. Dr. Davies's practice was devoted to reflective supervision of mental health clinicians and child care consultants, consultation to agencies, and training of clinicians on topics in child development and child therapy. He was inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished social work practitioner and received the Selma Fraiberg Award from the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.

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"Beautifully written, engaging, and rich with real-world case examples, this book traces development from infancy through preadolescence and illustrates how to apply developmental principles in complex clinical situations. I enthusiastically recommend it as a text for a comprehensive course in child development. The book is well organized for teaching and can be geared to beginning or higher-level students. The updated third edition integrates new research findings in areas such as neuroscience, trauma, foster care, and social policy. Davies writes with wisdom, respect, and warmth for children and the challenges they face. This book will enrich the clinical skills of all clinicians who work with children." - Debra A. Katz, Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program, University of Kentucky College of Medicine , USA "Written in warm and accessible language, this book provides an in-depth understanding of child development, with immediate connections to intervention and assessment. Theoretical knowledge is expertly woven into suggestions for practice, making this book highly readable and useful. Davies provides plentiful examples that illustrate his points in a colorful way. I would unhesitatingly choose this book for graduate courses in child development and child psychotherapy." - Lisa Aronson Fontes, Program in Clinical Psychology, Union Institute and University, USA

Table of contents

Part I. Contexts of Development: A Transactional Approach. Introduction to Part 1: Perspectives on Development. Attachment as a Context for Development. Brain Development. Risk and Protective Factors: The Child, Family, and Community Contexts. Appendix 3.1: Summary of Risk and Protective Factors. Analysis of Risk and Protective Factors: Practice Applications. Part II. The Course of Child Development. Introduction to Part 2: A Developmental Lens on Childhood. Infant Development. Appendix 5.1: Summary of Infant Development, Birth-12 Months of Age. Practice with Infants. Toddler Development. Appendix 7.1: Summary of Toddler Development, 1-3 Years of Age. Practice with Toddlers. Preschool Development. Appendix 9.1: Summary of Preschool Development, 3-6 Years of Age. Practice with Preschoolers. Middle Childhood Development. Appendix 11.1: Summary of Middle Childhood Development, 6-12 Years of Age. Practice with School-age Children. Conclusion: Developmental Knowledge and Practice.