Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice


Edited by Kristie Brandt, Edited by Bruce D. Perry, Edited by Stephen Seligman, Edited by Ed Tronick, Foreword by T. Berry Brazelton

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  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 410 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 252mm x 28mm | 840g
  • Publication date: 6 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Arlington
  • ISBN 10: 1585624551
  • ISBN 13: 9781585624553
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white halftones, tables, line drawings, colour plates
  • Sales rank: 96,900

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice is a groundbreaking book that provides an overview of the field from both theoretical and clinical viewpoints. The editors and chapter authors -- some of the field's foremost researchers and teachers -- describe from their diverse perspectives key concepts fundamental to infant-parent and early childhood mental health work. The complexity of this emerging field demands an interdisciplinary approach, and the book provides a clear, comprehensive, and coherent text with an abundance of clinical applications to increase understanding and help the reader to integrate the concepts into clinical practice.Offering both cutting-edge coverage and a format that facilitates learning, the book boasts the following features and content: - A focus on helping working professionals expand their specialization skills and knowledge and on offering core competency training for those entering the field, which reflects the Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certificate Program (IPMHPCP) and Fellowship in Napa, CA that was the genesis of the book.- Chapters written by a diverse group of authors with vastly different training, expertise, and clinical experience, underscoring the book's interdisciplinary approach. In addition, terms such as clinician, therapist, provider, professional, and teacher are intentionally used interchangeably to describe and unify the field. - Explication and analysis of a variety of therapeutic models, including Perry's Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics; Brazelton's neurodevelopmental and relational Touchpoints; attachment theory; the Neurorelational Framework; Mindsight; and Downing's Video Intervention Therapy.- An entire chapter devoted to diagnostic schemas for children ages 0--5, which highlights the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood: Revised (DC:0-3R). With the release of DSM-5, this chapter provides a prototypical crosswalk between DC:0-3R and ICD codes.- A discussion of the difference between evidence-based treatments and evidence-based practices in the field, along with valuable information on randomized controlled trials, a research standard that, while often not feasible or ethically permissible in infant mental health work, remains a standard applied to the field.- Key points and references at the end of each chapter, and generous use of figures, tables, and other resources to enhance learning. The volume editors and authors are passionate about the pressing need for further research and the acquisition and application of new knowledge to support the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice should find a receptive audience for this critically important message.

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Kristie Brandt, C.N.M., D.N.P., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California; Director of the University of Massachusetts Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certificate Program and Fellowship in Napa, California; Brazelton Touchpoints Center Visiting Faculty, Boston, Massachusetts; and a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow, Houston, Texas.Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., is Senior Fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois; and, inaugural Senior Fellow, Berry Street Childhood Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, AU.Stephen Seligman, D.M.H., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Infant-Parent Program at the University of California, San Francisco; Joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues: International Journal of Relational Perspectives; and Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco, California.Ed Tronick, Ph.D., is the University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston; Research Associate in the Department of Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; and Lecturer, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.Foreword byT. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School; and Founder and Faculty of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Drawing from and grounded in their long-standing involvement in pioneering work on infant-parent mental health, the editors of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice have assembled a comprehensive, theoretically insightful, and clinically useful volume for psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, pediatricians, social workers, psychotherapists, and all other providers serving children and families from pregnancy through age 5. In 20 engaging chapters by renowned practitioners and researchers in the field, the book covers concepts from the nature of infant emotional and brain development to the practice of neurologically and relationally based therapies, and explores topics from child trauma to autism spectrum disorders. The authors weave related core concepts throughout multiple chapters to parallel the multifaceted, multilayered, and interwoven complexity that resembles both the real lives of families and the real work of clinicians. Beautifully written, thought-provoking, and rigorous, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice will serve as the benchmark for the field -- for both researchers and practitioners -- for years to come.

Table of contents

Core concepts in infant-family mental health.; The neurosequential model of therapeutics (NMT).; Typical and a-typical development.; Brazelton's neurodevelopmental and relational touchpoints.; The neurorelational framework (NRF) in infant mental health.; Attachment theory.; Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory: play therapy.; Interpersonal neurobiology, mindsight, and integration.; Basics of counseling in infant-parent mental health.; Behavioral epigenetics.; D-C: 0-3R: A diagnostic schema for infants and their families.; Fussy babies: early challenges in regulation.; Developmental and dyadic implications of challenges with sensory processing.; Autism spectrum disorders.; Touch in parent-infant mental health.; Developmental psychopathology.; The basics of video intervention therapy (VIT).; Evidence-based treatments and evidence-based practices.; Transforming clinical practice through reflection work.; The trilogy of attachment, intersubjectivity and mentalization.; Index.