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Child Development: A Practitioner's Guide, Fourth Edition
Douglas Davies and Michael F. Troy
Guilford Press / Hardcover / 2020-05-01 / 1462542999
Developmental Psychology / Psychology Textbooks
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Now in a revised and updated fourth edition, this trusted text and professional resource provides a developmental framework for clinical practice. The authors examine how children's trajectories are shaped by transactions among family relationships, brain development, and the social environment. Risk and resilience factors in each of these domains are highlighted. Covering infancy, toddlerhood, the preschool years, and middle childhood, the text explores how children of different ages typically behave, think, and relate to others. Developmentally informed approaches to assessment and intervention are illustrated by vivid case examples. Observation exercises and quick-reference summaries of each developmental stage facilitate learning.

New to This Edition:

• Incorporates a decade's worth of advances in knowledge about attachment, neurodevelopment, developmental psychopathology, intervention science, and more.
• Toddler, preschool, and school-age development are each covered in two succinct chapters rather than one, making the book more student friendly.
• Updated throughout by new coauthor Michael F. Troy, while retaining Douglas Davies's conceptual lens and engaging style.

This title is part of the Clinical Practice with Children, Adolescents, and Families Series, edited by Nancy Boyd Webb.


“In this fourth edition, Troy has built on Davies's excellent work and has added valuable information and insight for clinicians who believe development matters. Without a firm grasp of a child's developmental challenges and strengths, clinical interventions often become something imposed, rather than something offered and used. Troy’s additions integrate current research and expand our understanding of children’s resources and abilities, making this an invaluable resource for all professionals committed to supporting children as they grow and manage adversities.”

—Anne R. Gearity, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota

Child Development, Fourth Edition, not only covers fundamental concepts, but also includes the best current research findings. What results is a book about developmental psychology that is very applicable to a variety of fields. This is a useful text for social work and clinical nursing courses in Human Behavior and the Social Environment, as well as psychology courses in Child Development. The detailed Table of Contents enables the reader to navigate to the content most germane to the task at hand, which makes this a practical reference for faculty, researchers, and practitioners.”

—Peter J. Pecora, PhD, Managing Director of Research Services, Casey Family Programs, and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

“This exceptional text combines principles of child development with foundations for practice. It has been my essential resource for nearly a decade in teaching advanced social work students and early-career clinicians. Davies's text is unique in that it depicts the impact of development on child behavior and the impact of trauma on development, followed by vital practice principles for each developmental stage. I am delighted that Troy has updated the fourth edition with current research as well as changes in DSM-5, and also that the discussion of trauma is not limited to DSM-5 criteria. This text explains and supports assessment and intervention for the developmental impact of disrupted attachment and chronic trauma throughout childhood, helping me to prepare students for practice in a variety of settings, and readying students for lifelong learning of trauma-informed and evidence-based protocols.”

—Karen Flint Stipp, PhD, LCSW, School of Social Work, Illinois State University

“My master's-level clinical psychology students have found this text very valuable either as an introduction to developmental psychology or as a refresher. The practice chapters give students concrete examples of how clinicians use developmental theory and findings to guide conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood pathology.”

—Lisa Comparini, PhD, Department of Psychology and Sociology, Texas A&M–University Corpus Christi

Table of Contents:

I. Contexts of Development: A Transactional Approach
1. Attachment as a Context of Development [ sample chapter ]

2. Brain Development

3. Risk and Protective Factors: The Child, Family, and Community Contexts

4. Analysis of Risk and Protective Factors: Practice Applications

II. The Course of Child Development

5. Infant Development

6. Practice with Infants

7. Toddler Development: Core Domains

8. Toddler Development: Integrated Domains

9. Practice with Toddlers

10. Preschool Development: Core Domains

11. Preschool Development: Integrated Domains

12. Practice with Preschoolers

13. Middle Childhood Development: Core Domains

14. Middle Childhood Development: Integrated Domains

15. Practice with School-Age Children

16. Conclusion: Developmental Knowledge and Practice

About the Authors:

Douglas Davies, MSW, PhD, until his death in 2015, was Lecturer at the School of Social Work, University of Michigan. An infant mental health specialist, he published numerous clinical articles on intervention with toddlers and parents, traumatized children, and child cancer survivors. Dr. Davies’s most recent practice was devoted to reflective supervision of mental health clinicians and child care consultants, consultation to agencies, and training of clinicians on topics in child development and child therapy. He was inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished social work practitioner, and received the Selma Fraiberg Award from the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.

Michael F. Troy, PhD, LP, is a clinical psychologist at Children’s Minnesota, where he is Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services and Associate Medical Director of Children’s Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Troy's clinical and academic interests include diagnostic classification issues in developmental psychopathology, models of therapeutic assessment, psychological assessment of adolescents at risk for major psychopathology, and teaching child clinical psychology as part of hospital and community medical education programs.

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