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Trust and Betrayal in the Treatment of Child Abuse

Laurie K Mackinnon

Trust and Betrayal in the Treatment of Child Abuse

Laurie K Mackinnon

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Therapists working with child abuse in public agencies walk a particularly fine line. Positioned between the family and the larger welfare system, as well as between parent and child, therapists must maintain the trust of conflicting parties while dealing with the myriad frustrations this situation entails. This volume examines the paradoxes of child-at-risk work and illuminates the social context in which it is set. Illustrated with case examples and interviews with parents, the book reveals the ways that families perceive therapists and the reasons behind what is often described as resistance to intervention. Therapists gain an understanding of the layers of trust and betrayal that pervade the experience of abusive families in the welfare setting, and learn how to acknowledge this experience and apply it toward positive change.

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- Publisher "I would recommend this book for anyone working in situations in which abuse is an issue."--The Canadian Child Psychiatry Review "This work is exceptionally readable and very appropriate for an undergraduate library. It should be required reading not only for undergraduates interested in the issue of child abuse but also for graduate students in a variety of majors and professionals who must deal with child abuse. Strongly recommended." --Choice "...a sophisticated and nuanced exploration of the ways that social discourse and imbalances of social power impact both the realities of abuse and our own responses to it....it is at least a manifesto about how to think about therapy with those disenfranchised 'others' who may abuse those more vulnerable than even themselves--their children....For those of us who find ourselves perplexed and frustrated by work with 'difficult' families, Trust and Betrayal is a valuable resource....Trust and Betrayal is a highly practical, almost step-by-step guide to conducting therapy in a different key--one that is uniquely sensitive to class, gender and power, the inherently violent discourses of patriarchal culture. It is an excellent guide to a more 'just' therapy, as well as a route that takes us beyond our typical views of resistance and dysfunction in child abuse cases." --Journal of Feminist Family Therapy "Candor about perceived sociopolitical influence, graphic dialogue in case examples, and use of effective therapeutic leverage in treatment of child abusing families are powerful components of this well conceived and needed text. Traditional views of family dysfunction, pathology and resistance are incisively challenged by the author....Prospective readers are strongly encouraged to read this thought provoking, clearly organized and well written text. If there is concern about a child abuse case, MacKinnon's book provides invaluable assistance in successful case management and therapeutic direction." --Journal of Family Psychotherapy "Case histories are presented throughout and practical suggestions are given, such as instructions on how to prepare the family for an apology meeting with the victim....This book is recommended for therapists who work with this population as well as for the child protective workers." --Issues in Child Abuse Accusations "Offers helpful tools for family intervention that social workers, family therapists, psychologists, counselors, and anyone else who deals with child abuse will find of great value. The author also provides insights into working class family life that sociologists will find useful." --Hotline "This work is exceptionally readable and very appropriate for an undergraduate library. It should be required reading not only for undergraduates interested in the issue of child abuse but also for graduate students in a variety of majors and professionals who must deal with child abuse. Strongly recommended." --Choice

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Therapists working with child abuse in public agencies walk a particularly fine line. Positioned between the family and the larger welfare system, as well as between parent and child, therapists must maintain the trust of conflicting parties while dealing with the myriad frustrations this situation entails. This volume examines the paradoxes of child-at-risk work and illuminates the social context in which it is set. Illustrated with case examples and interviews with parents, the book reveals the ways that families perceive therapists and the reasons behind what is often described as resistance to intervention. Therapists gain an understanding of the layers of trust and betrayal that pervade the experience of abusive families in the welfare setting, and learn how to acknowledge this experience and apply it toward positive change.
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"I would recommend this book for anyone working in situations in which abuse is an issue."--The Canadian Child Psychiatry Review "This work is exceptionally readable and very appropriate for an undergraduate library. It should be required reading not only for undergraduates interested in the issue of child abuse but also for graduate students in a variety of majors and professionals who must deal with child abuse. Strongly recommended." --Choice "...a sophisticated and nuanced exploration of the ways that social discourse and imbalances of social power impact both the realities of abuse and our own responses to it....it is at least a manifesto about how to think about therapy with those disenfranchised 'others' who may abuse those more vulnerable than even themselves--their children....For those of us who find ourselves perplexed and frustrated by work with 'difficult' families, Trust and Betrayal is a valuable resource....Trust and Betrayal is a highly practical, almost step-by-step guide to conducting therapy in a different key--one that is uniquely sensitive to class, gender and power, the inherently violent discourses of patriarchal culture. It is an excellent guide to a more 'just' therapy, as well as a route that takes us beyond our typical views of resistance and dysfunction in child abuse cases." --Journal of Feminist Family Therapy "Candor about perceived sociopolitical influence, graphic dialogue in case examples, and use of effective therapeutic leverage in treatment of child abusing families are powerful components of this well conceived and needed text. Traditional views of family dysfunction, pathology and resistance are incisively challenged by the author....Prospective readers are strongly encouraged to read this thought provoking, clearly organized and well written text. If there is concern about a child abuse case, MacKinnon's book provides invaluable assistance in successful case management and therapeutic direction." --Journal of Family Psychotherapy "Case histories are presented throughout and practical suggestions are given, such as instructions on how to prepare the family for an apology meeting with the victim....This book is recommended for therapists who work with this population as well as for the child protective workers." --Issues in Child Abuse Accusations "Offers helpful tools for family intervention that social workers, family therapists, psychologists, counselors, and anyone else who deals with child abuse will find of great value. The author also provides insights into working class family life that sociologists will find useful." --Hotline "This work is exceptionally readable and very appropriate for an undergraduate library. It should be required reading not only for undergraduates interested in the issue of child abuse but also for graduate students in a variety of majors and professionals who must deal with child abuse. Strongly recommended." --Choice
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  • Catalogue Code 182713
  • Product Code 1572305231
  • EAN 9781572305236
  • Pages 260
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Care/counselling
  • Publisher Guilford Press
  • Publication Date Aug 1999
  • Dimensions 226 x 152 x 20 mm
  • Weight 0.421kg

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