Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and…

Paperback | February 9, 2010

byJohn S. Sprinson, Ken Berrick

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This clinician-friendly guide presents a model for engaging the most challenging children and families who are served by the child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and special educations systems. These children are among the most troubled clients that treatment providers will everencounter. They have been failed by every adult, every treatment modality, and every system of care that they have encountered. Unconditional Care, a breakthrough guide from the founder and clinical director of California's Seneca Center for Children and Families, offers both a theoretical model and practical guidelines for working with this most difficult group of children. The approach weaves together attachment theoryand learning theory into a coherent relationship-based intervention strategy built around a no-fail policy: a child can never be discharged from a program for exhibiting the behaviors that resulted in the placement. Professionals working with these families instead focus on re-buildingrelationships that teach children to secure safe and supportive relationships with caregivers using new behaviors and skills to replace the destructive ones that have, until now, organized their worldview. The concept of unconditional care allows, for the first time, a safe space for youth toreconstruct their perceptions of themselves and those who care for them. Rich case examples, quick-reference bullets and boxes, and sample assessment and planning worksheets make this a handy clinical reference and training tool for mental health and child welfare professionals.

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This clinician-friendly guide presents a model for engaging the most challenging children and families who are served by the child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and special educations systems. These children are among the most troubled clients that treatment providers will everencounter. They have been failed by every adult...

John S. Sprinson, PhD, is Clinical Director of Seneca Center for Children. Ken Berrick is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Seneca Center for Children.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:February 9, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199733031

ISBN - 13:9780199733033

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Relationship and Engagement as Treatment2. Strengths and Risk Factors of Children with Intensive Needs3. Attachment4. Assessment, Diagnosis and Case Formulation5. Relational Assessment and Intervention6. Positive Behavioral Intervention7. Phases of Treatment and Key Activities8. Case Illustrations of the ModelAfterword: A Note Regarding ValuesAppendicesNotes