- Paperback: 245 pages
- Publisher: Paul H Brookes Pub Co; 1 edition (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557668396
- ISBN-13: 978-1557668394
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building a Home Within: Meeting the Emotional Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care 1st Edition
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About the Author
Toni Vaughn Heineman, D.M.H., is the founder of the Children's Psychotherapy Project (CPP) and Executive Director of A Home Within, the national nonprofit organization that houses the 12 chapters of CPP across the United States. She received her master's degree in social work from the University of California, Berkeley, and her doctoral degree in mental health from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Heineman has taught for the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, and many local and national training programs. She is the author of numerous articles and presentations about clinical work with foster children and of The Abused Child: Psychodynamic Understanding and Treatment (The Guilford Press, 1998). Dr. Heineman has been in private practice in San Francisco since the late 1970s and is Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.
Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., is a senior clinician and founding member of the Children's Psychotherapy Project and Vice President of the board of directors of A Home Within. A developmental and clinical psychologist, she received her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan. She has lectured and published nationally and internationally on the subject of parenting and child development. Dr. Ehrensaft has served on the faculty of The Wright Institute in Berkeley, the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and the University of California, Berkeley, and has been in private clinical practice in the San Francisco Bay Area since the late 1970s. She is the author of Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families (The Guilford Press, 2005); Spoiling Childhood: How Well-Meaning Parents Are Giving Children Too Much but Not What They Need (The Guilford Press, 1997); and Parenting Together: Men and Women Sharing the Care of Their Children (The Free Press, 1987).
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The book begins with an overview of CPP, and moves into an attachment/ psychoanalytic/object-relations-based understanding of the psychological issues of children in foster care. This is an excellent overview and can provide a helpful "translation" of often frustrating behaviors that would be particularly helpful for therapists who are new to this population. Explained from a relational point of view with an eye toward the impact of trauma/ loss, "crazy" behaviors begin to make more sense. It also looks at how therapists work in the context of the larger system, in conjunction with foster parents, birth parents, social workers, and adoption agencies.
What I'd hoped to find, but didn't, were session dialogues between client and therapist. Probably a personal preference on my part, but in professional books I find such play-by-play incredibly helpful in seeing the nitty gritty details of the therapy described. Nonetheless, the book does offer some fairly detailed overviews of long-term treatment with several different children. One thing I dearly loved, that is too often missing from professional books on therapy, is an open willingness of the therapists to explore their own reactions to clients, positive and negative, as well as to examine missteps they made in the course of treatment. How reassuring for therapists to have our own humanity normalized. The book has a lovely focus on taking time for reflection, rather than the immediate action that is often demanded by the foster care system. It allowed me to look at the work I do in a different, deeper, and more thoughtful way. It is unfailingly hopeful while acknowledging the realities and limitations involved in this work.
a severely under served population along with their bio and foster families. This collection of articles will be of interest to ALL who are involved in foster care including those who have been in foster care themselves. I can recall several times in teaching psychology to both undergrads and graduate students , when the subject of foster care came up for discussion ( I always included it in my classes) and students were feeling safe in the classroom--one, and sometimes a few students would tell us that they had been in foster care. This would often be the first time they spoke about it in a "public" space. There was always great silence that followed what they had to tell and then great relief for all of us and then great interest on the part of psychology students to know more and do more and perhaps to make a career in mental health counseling to address the foster care communities concerns.