Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Systemic Practice

Marianne Celano

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Anyone interested in a practical text that highlights the necessary steps to conduct a systemically based treatment that integrates thorough assessment and CBT interventions, will find Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Systemic Practice, a highly useful book. -- Scott Browning, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor, Department of Professional Psychology, Chestnut Hill College

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This concise book is for students and therapists who wish to develop competencies in family therapy and systemic practice with children. Using a fictional clinical case, the book describes the contributions of couple and family psychology (CFP) to the understanding and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders among children ages 2 to 12. CFP competencies are presented and applied to the case of a nine-year-old girl with school refusal and behavior problems.

The book describes how a systemic perspective affects clinical decisions from intake to treatment termination. Specific competencies discussed include: scientific knowledge, assessment, evidencebased practice, intervention, individual and cultural diversity, ethical and legal standards, and reflective practice. Readers will come away from this book with a clear sense of how to conceptualize and treat common childhood emotional and behavioral disorders from a systemic perspective.

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Marianne Celano

Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Emory University School of Medicine. A board certified couple and family psychologist, she specializes in treatment of children with emotional and behavioral problems. She is certified in both Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent–Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). At Emory, she has been active in teaching psychology and psychiatry trainees for over 25 years.