Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment: Contemporary Strategies, Volume 2: Interventions & Intersectional Considerations & Applications

The second volume of Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment: Contemporary Strategies details a focused look at a comprehensive list of related topics within child abuse and neglect, while providing strategies for trauma-informed care.

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Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment: Contemporary Strategies, Volume 2: Interventions & Special Topics

The second volume of Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment: Contemporary Strategies offers a well-rounded and comprehensive perspective on topics related to child abuse and neglect, including a focused look at intersectional populations at risk of maltreatment and how best to provide trauma-informed care.

This text intends to do the following: 

  • Define the problem of child maltreatment conceptually and numerically, using statistics that describe the state of maltreatment and the characteristics of those most affected by it 
  • Identify causes and risk factors that appear to affect susceptibility to maltreatment, such as factors that increase a child’s risk of abuse or obstacles to delivering effective child protection services 
  • Design interventions that are trauma-informed, sensitive, and developmentally targeted for children and their caregivers 
  • Disseminate information about the evidence and effectiveness of these interventions to increase the profile for their usage in clinical practice 
  • Educate students and future professionals in psychology, medicine, nursing, social work, and creative arts therapies to mitigate the effects of child maltreatment for future generations
Product Details:

Perfect Bound 11 x 8.5 inches
272 pages, 8 images


Pediatric Psychologists and Psychiatrists, Developmental Psychologists, Family Therapists, Neurologists, Developmental Neuroscientists, Pediatricians, Pediatric Nurses, Social Workers, Child Protection Professionals, School Counselors, Victim Advocates, Child Advocates, College and Medical Library Administrators

Publication date:

February 2024.


978-1-953119-26-1 (Print)
978-1-953119-27-8 (eBook)

Table of Contents

Section I: Interventions
1: Introduction to Evidence-Supported Treatments for Child Maltreatment
2: Telehealth: Promoting Targeted and Safe Assessment and Intervention
3: Psychopharmacological Interventions for Childhood Maltreatment
4: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
5: Promoting Healthy Parent Child Interactions
6: Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Approach for Family Conflict and Harsh Physical Parenting
7: Integrated and Holistic Interventions
8: Relational Resilience
9: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention of  Childhood Maltreatment

Section II:: Intersectional Considerations and Applications
10: Children with Disabilities: A Systemic Response for Servicing Children and Youth with Complex Behavioral Support Needs
11: Childhood Maltreatment and Trauma-Informed Care in the LGBTQIA+ Community
12: Family Maltreatment and Military Families: Prevention and Response Efforts
13: Refugees and Immigration
14: Religion, Culture, and Ethnicity
15: The School Environment and the Impacts of Education When the Teacher is the Bully
16: The Traumatic Impact of Child Sex Trafficking
17: Bullying and Cyberbullying
18: Sibling-on-Sibling Abuse
19: Substance Use in Adolescents
20: The Child Maltreatment to Delinquency Pathway: Trauma, Mental Health, and Juvenile Offending
21: Eating Disorders
22: Legal Issues in Cases of Child Maltreatment
23: Ethical Issues When Working with Abused Children
24: Child and Adolescent Maltreatment: Implications for  Adult Survivors

Section III: Assessment

Section IV: Answer Key

Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, RN, ANEF, DF-IAFN, DF-AFN

Paul Clements is an Associate Clinical Professor. A psychiatric / forensic specialist, he is a Certified Gang Specialist and Certified in Danger Assessment. His clinical experience includes serving as Assistant Director/Bereavement Therapist at the Homicide Bereavement Center at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he was appointed as the Director of Operations for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health. He is an experienced therapist, forensic consultant, and critical incident/trauma response specialist with over 20 years of experience in management/administration and crisis intervention. Dr. Clements was involved in the television and printed news media, as well as interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), related to discussions regarding the offender, victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech shootings. Dr. Clements has numerous publications and conference presentations regarding stress, trauma, violence and aggression, coping after violent death and exposure to interpersonal violence and crime. Dr. Clements is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse (APRN, BC) with national board certification as a Specialist in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Nursing. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychiatric Forensic Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania.

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David T. Solomon, PhD, HSP-P

David Solomon is an associate professor of psychology and the current director of the clinical psychology track of Western Carolina University’s Psychology MA program. He has multiple years of clinical experience working with children impacted by child maltreatment and other traumas through the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center and Community Outreach Program – Esperanza (COPE) in Charleston, South Carolina, the Center for Children, Families, and Communities, and Shelterhouse of Midland and Gladwin Counties in Michigan. David focuses on exposing his students to evidence-based techniques, such as trauma-focused CBT and parent-child interact therapy, and his goal is to extend the reach of such treatments to underserved families.

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Ciera E. Schoonover, PhD, MSW, MPH, HSP

Ciera Schoonover is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, where she serves as a member of the Clinical Psychology MA program faculty. She is certified as a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) trainer and therapist. Ciera earned a dual master’s in social work and public health prior to earning a PhD in clinical psychology. Clinically, she has interests in prevention and intervention of child maltreatment, reducing the impact of trauma, disseminating evidence-based caregiving interventions, and increasing access of these interventions to underserved populations. She has provided assessment and intervention for children in state custody who experienced maltreatment and trauma, and interdisciplinary consultation for their systems through her work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Center for Excellence for Children in State Custody. Currently, her primary role is mentoring graduate students through research and teaching. Ciera has numerous national and international conference presentations and publications on child maltreatment and trauma and disseminating evidence-based interventions.

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Beth I. Barol, PhD, LSW, BCB, NADD-CC

Dr. Barol has dedicated the past 44 years to serving and supporting people with Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) who also have challenging behaviors and co-occurring mental health issues. She started out as a direct support worker and live-in “houseparent” and has served a community-based project director, residential program director, facility director and clinician. She served as the Clinical Director for the PA office of Developmental Program’s Statewide Training and Technical Assistance initiative focusing on individuals with dual diagnoses for 10 years. She has been working with Biographical timelines for over 30 years, and trained trainers in the process in Pennsylvania when she worked as the Clinical Director of the State-wide Training and Technical Assistance initiative, and through her consultation and training overseas. Her areas of special interest include: Positive Approaches with people with IDD and challenging behaviors including co-occurring mental illness, the effects of trauma, and neurological differences. She works on the behalf of these individuals through her clinical roles as well as through her experience in Group Process, Conflict Resolution, Partnership Building, Leadership Development, System Change, and Management. She is trained in EMDR, Biofeedback, and Neurofeedback and is integrating these modalities in her current teaching and clinical work. Dr Barol was the 2020 recipient of the NADD Earl L. Loschen, MD award for clinical practice. She is currently an Associate Professor at Widener University’s Center for Social Work Education and Associate Clinical Director of the Clinical Services for Vulnerable Adults clinic. She serves as co-Director of the Capacity Building Institute for Pennsylvania. Dr. Barol consults regularly in the U.S. and internationally.

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Soraya Seedat, MBChB, FC Psych (SA), MMED (Psych), PhD

Soraya Seedat is the Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry (Faculty of Health Sciences) at Stellenbosch University (Cape Town, South Africa) and holds the South African Research Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation. In addition, she co-directs the Medical Research Council Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders. She has extensive research experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, with a special interest in clinical and translational work in childhood and adult posttraumatic stress disorder. She has been the recipient of several awards including a World Federation of the Society of Biological Psychiatry Fellowship, a Lundbeck Institute Fellowship Award in Psychiatry, an MRC mid-career award, and an Anxiety Disorders Association of America Career Development Award. She has co-authored more than 180 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and a member of the editorial board of the journal AIDS Research and Treatment and the African Journal of Psychiatry.

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The authors have expertly woven together a comprehensive exploration of children who have encountered Adverse Childhood Experiences that is both informative and engaging. This book is an indispensable resource for anyone in the field of child maltreatment, offering a wealth of knowledge, practical guidance, and insightful perspectives.

The authors’ deep understanding of forensic issues is evident throughout the book, making it a trusted companion for professionals, students, and anyone interested in the subject. The content is well-structured and covers a wide range of essential topics, from evidence collection and documentation to legal considerations and the emotional aspects of patient care.

One of the book’s notable strengths is its commitment to staying current with the latest advancements and best practices in forensic mental health. It not only provides a solid foundation but also incorporates up-to-date information and case studies, ensuring that readers are well prepared to meet the challenges of this dynamic field.

What sets Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment apart is its compassionate approach. The authors pay special attention to the emotional and psychological needs of patients, which is a critical aspect of our work. This focus on holistic care makes it an invaluable resource for anyone striving to excel in the field of child maltreatment.

Overall, the authors have crafted a must-read book that combines expertise with empathy, making it an indispensable reference for mental health professionals and an enlightening read for anyone interested in this essential field of healthcare. I wholeheartedly recommend Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment to all those committed to providing the highest standard of care and justice.

Ann Wolbert Burgess
William Connell School of Nursing
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Mental Health Issues in Child Maltreatment is a long overdue comprehensive resource that should be required reading for all mental health professionals, child welfare workers, court personnel and administrators – in fact, all who come into contact with survivors of child maltreatment.  The text addresses the biological and neurological manifestations and consequences of child maltreatment providing an up-to-date review of the state-of-the art of our understanding of the sequelae of trauma.  The text goes on to provide a thorough review of the challenges of accurate assessment and offers the reader a number of innovative strategies for effective interventions.   Finally, the reader is presented with the challenges and strategies for extending our understanding in these areas through research.  In summary, this text is an important contribution to capturing what we currently know about child maltreatment and trauma and how to intervene appropriately and effectively.

Paula Silver, PhD
Educator and Administrator
Retired Dean, School of Human Services
Widener University
Chester, PA

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