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Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children

Repairing the Effects of Stress and Trauma on Early Attachment

Alicia Lieberman, PhD |  Patricia Van Horn, JD, PhD
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Mar 14, 2011
Guilford Press
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This eloquent book presents an empirically supported treatment that engages parents as the most powerful agents of their young children's healthy development. Child–parent psychotherapy promotes the child's emotional health and builds the parent's capacity to nurture and protect, particularly when stress and trauma have disrupted the quality of the parent–child relationship. The book provides a comprehensive theoretical framework together with practical strategies for combining play, developmental guidance, trauma-focused interventions, and concrete assistance with problems of living. Filled with evocative, "how-to-do-it" examples, it is grounded in extensive clinical experience and important research on early development, attachment, neurobiology, and trauma.



Alicia Lieberman, PhD's Profile

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Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD is Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health, Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development at UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and director of the UCSF Child Trauma Research Program. She directs the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is the PI of the Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health Consortium, a federal grant to create an early childhood mental health workforce in 10 rural counties of Northern California and other states with large rural populations.


She is the senior developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), a relationship-focused treatment for traumatized children aged birth-five broadly and their caregivers supported by 5 randomized studies and used extensively in the U. S. and internationally. Her research involves treatment outcome studies in pregnancy and with traumatized young children and families from low-income and under-represented racial and ethnic minority groups. She is the author of numerous professional books, treatment manuals, and articles on pregnancy and early childhood mental health, including The Emotional Life of the Toddler, in print for 25 years and now in its second edition. Born in Paraguay, she received her professional training in Israel and the United States. Her cross-cultural experience as a Jewish Latina informs her commitment to increasing access and raising the standard of care for marginalized and oppressed children and families. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including most recently the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from Zero to Three.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Alicia Lieberman has employment relationships with the University of California, San Francisco Human Services, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and the SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Alicia Lieberman is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, the World Association for Infant Mental Health, and the AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Patricia Van Horn, JD, PhD Related seminars and products

Patricia Van Horn, JD, PhD, is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Project. She serves as technical assistance provider and clinical consultant to the San Francisco Safe Start Initiative and has trained clinicians nationally and abroad in child-parent psychotherapy through the SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Safe Start Promising Practices Initiative. She is the author of a child trauma training curriculum for advocates serving women and children affected by domestic violence and a coauthor of Don’t Hit My Mommy! and Losing a Parent to Death in the Early Years.


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