Stern, Marcia B. Child-Friendly Therapy: Biopsychosocial Innovations for Children and Families – Brief Article – Book Review
New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2002. 380pp. $32.00 (h).
Psychologist and family therapist Marcia Stern presents a playful and creative family-centered treatment for today’s kids. She uses a biopsychosocial perspective to provide a framework for intervention not only across several therapeutic domains, but also across home and school environments. Her approach results in rapid and long-lasting gains with children who may have social problems, interpersonal difficulties, learning disabilities, or suffer from a spectrum of related psychiatric problems, including internalizing and/or externalizing disorders. The therapy described in Child-Friendly Therapy helps the family understand the child’s difficulties from multiple perspectives and leads to fresh understandings of often-misunderstood children. Family members work as a team, strategizing and collaborating in a child-friendly, systemically informed treatment. Action-oriented techniques are emphasized, which engage family members through right-brain learning, and include visual imagery, metaphor, and imaginative play. The child is recognized as a person in and of him- or herself, is actively engaged, and becomes a protagonist who learns in the presence of and along with the family. This book is filled with case examples, useful innovative tools, multisensory skill-building activities, as well as practical suggestions for setting up the therapy room and organizing sessions.
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