1st Edition

Treating Abused Adolescents

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ISBN 9781572301153
Published October 16, 1996 by Guilford Press
228 Pages

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Book Description

The first book to explore the issue of abuse in adolescents - both the residual effects of earlier child abuse and current or cumulative abuse. This volume provides a sensitive account of how to optimize the value of therapeutic contact with this challenging and compelling population. Illustrating her presentation with case examples from her extensive clinical experience, the author shows when and how to address the abuse to help adolescents move ahead in their development.
This book will be of interest to psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals who work with troubled youth, as well as probation officers and residential treatment staff.

Table of Contents

1. Adolescence and Abuse: An Overview
2. Theories of Adolescent Development
3. Current versus Cumulative Abuse of Adolescents
4. Assessment and Treatment
5. Structured Processing of Trauma
6. General Principles in Working with Adolescent Abuse Survivors
7. Treatment Modalities

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Eliana Gil, PhD, is founding partner of the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, a private group practice in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy. Dr. Gil has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment since 1973. A licensed marriage, family, and child counselor; an approved marriage and family therapy supervisor; a registered art therapist; and a registered play therapy supervisor, she is a former President of the Association for Play Therapy, which honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of The Healing Power of Play, Helping Abused and Traumatized Children, and Play in Family Therapy, Second Edition, among many other publications. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Dr. Gil is bilingual and bicultural.


Eliana Gil occupies an unparalleled position among professionals in the child abuse field. No one has worked longer, more faithfully, and more responsibly with such a diverse array of abusive interactions. - Roland C. Summit, M.D.