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Child Abuse and Culture : Working with Diverse Families
Lisa Aronson Fontes
Guilford Press / Softcover / Feb 2008
9781593856434 (ISBN-10: 1593856431)
Trauma / Transcultural / Multicultural Issues
price: $46.95 (may be subject to change)
239 pages
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This expertly written book provides an accessible framework for culturally competent practice with children and families in child maltreatment cases. Numerous workable strategies and concrete examples are presented to help readers address cultural concerns at each stage of the assessment and intervention process. Professionals and students learn new ways of thinking about their own cultural viewpoints as they gain critical skills for maximizing the accuracy of assessments for physical and sexual abuse; overcoming language barriers in parent and child interviews; respecting families' values and beliefs while ensuring children's safety; creating a welcoming agency environment; and more.

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Critical Acclaim:

"Fontes's writing is concise and to the point. She uses examples to illustrate major concepts and then describes practical steps agencies and individual workers can take to maximize their effectiveness."—Jeffrey L. Edleson, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota

"A pedagogical treasure....I have employed many strategies suggested in Child Abuse and Culture in my child advocacy class and in practice, and have found that students, as well as myself, are now learning how to approach their clients' cultural issues with more awareness, sensitivity, and respect."—Family Court Review

"Highly readable and instructive, this is an indispensable how-to guide for professionals and trainees in child protection services, hospitals, schools, and mental health programs. Fontes offers essential resources in the form of interviewing techniques and individual, group, and community approaches that are sensitive to ethnicity, race, social class, and gender."—Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD, past president, American Family Therapy Academy

"A 'must read' if you work with child maltreatment in any capacity."—Journal of Systemic Therapies

Contents:
1. Multicultural Orientation to Child Maltreatment Work
2. Working with Immigrant Families Affected by Child Maltreatment
3. Assessing Diverse Families for Child Maltreatment
4. Interviewing Diverse Children and Families about Maltreatment
5. Physical Discipline and Abuse
6. Child Sexual Abuse
7. Working with Interpreters in Child Maltreatment
8. Child Maltreatment Prevention and Parent Education
9. Improving the Cultural Competency of Your Child Maltreatment Agency or Organization

About the Author:

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology, Union Institute & University, Brattleboro, VT

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