This book presents an innovative and empathic approach to working with traumatized teens. It offers strategies for getting through to high-risk adolescents and for building a strong attachment relationship that can help get development back on track. Martha B. Straus draws on extensive clinical experience as well as cutting-edge research on attachment, developmental trauma, and interpersonal neurobiology. Vivid case material shows how to engage challenging or reluctant clients, implement interventions that foster self-regulation and an integrated sense of identity, and tap into both the teen's and the therapist's moment-to-moment emotional experience. Essential topics include ways to involve parents and other caregivers in treatment.
Martha B. Straus, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. Her research interests focus on attachment relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood, outcomes for adoptive and foster children, and interventions for traumatized children and adolescents. Dr. Straus has published several books, including Abuse and Victimization across the Life Span, Violence in the Lives of Adolescents, No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents, and Adolescent Girls in Crisis. She also has written many journal articles and presents and consults internationally on child and family trauma, development, and therapy. She maintains a small general private practice in Vermont.
I. Theory 1. Attachment Theory in Development and Clinical Practice with Adolescents 2. The Legacy of Developmental Trauma in Adolescence 3. Interpersonal Neurobiology and Co-Regulation of Affect II. Developmental-Relational Therapy 4. Developmental-Relational Therapy with Traumatized Teens 5. Attachment Styles: Transference and Countertransference Revisited 6. Getting Hooked and Unhooked III. Interventions 7. Increasing Connection with Preoccupied and Dismissive Adolescents 8. Treating Dissociative Adolescents: Alternative Strategies for Healing Disorganized/Fearful Attachment 9. Including Parents and Families in Treatment 10. The Corrective Relational Ending