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Getting Through to Difficult Kids and Parents : Uncommon Sense for Child Professionals - Ron Taffel

Getting Through to Difficult Kids and Parents

Uncommon Sense for Child Professionals

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Published: 1st November 2004
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From experienced therapist Ron Taffel--widely known for his popular parenting guides--this is a commonsense handbook for any mental health, education, or medical professional working with challenging kids and parents. Provided are concrete strategies for building rapport with stressed-out families, getting children and adolescents to talk about what really matters, spotting developmental and psychiatric problems before a crisis develops, and developing skills to strengthen kids' self-esteem and parents' effectiveness in setting limits. Illustrative case vignettes get to the heart of what is going wrong between youngsters and their parents and show how simple, concrete interventions can make a big difference. Also covered in depth are ways for professionals to handle their own emotional responses in highly charged situations.

.,."this book has much wisdom for everyone. What makes the information widely usable is its concrete, plainly written how-to style, and fact that the skills used by child professionals in dealing with children are also useful skills for parents....Although subtitled Uncommon Sense for Child Professionals, it could be called Uncommon Sense for Adults Who Work with Children. Parents included."-- "Parent and Preschooler Newsletter"
"Because of its very clinical approach, this book would be of particular interest to guidance counsellors and special education teachers, but any teacher who wants to understand and get help with 'difficult' kids and parents will find help here."-- "Professionally Speaking"
.,."a must have on the bookshelf of any professional working with children and adolescents. Ron Taffel reviews the challenges that face every parent-child interaction and provides clear, practical and timely suggestions on how to break through these barriers and connect with every individual in the family system. Drawing from research in child development and his own 25-plus years of clinical experience, Taffel ultimately provides a new paradigm with which to work with difficult families that simultaneously help parents become more effective in their communication and limit setting, as well as focuses on building resilience in children. However, perhaps the biggest challenge that Taffel addresses in his book is not only how to talk to kids, but how to get kids to talk back....The book is comprehensive and easy to read. The best part about the book is the realistic, 'down to earth' nature. The reader does not need to have particular training to implement Taffel's ideas. The suggestionsare concrete and workable. Indeed, this would be a great resource for teachers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, etc., as each of these disciplines focus on connecting with kids. "Getting Through" would also serve as a fantastic introductory clinical coursebook in graduate training programs. In general, if you are a child professional, regardless of orientation, context, or background, this book will certainly help to develop insight and make working with families more effective and rewarding."-- "Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry"
"His 'how to' style is colloquial and easy to read. The book does contain good advice. It would be helpful to use in supervision of non-psychiatric professionals who need a quick introduction to working with children and adolescents."-- "American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry Newsletter"
"The text is chock full of practical ideas for anyone who sees children or adolescents or their parents....This book is more succinct and practical than most texts on behavioral medicine topics. For quick reference, boxed outlines highlight recommendations. The intended audience is any professional who is called on to give guidance to children or parents, including teachers, counselors, and physicians....The text contains just enough theory to understand the principles behind his recommendations without boring professionals who are not counselors. I picked up dozens of useful tips and techniques for working with families. This book is a worthwhile read for any family physician who has felt frustration or uncertainty when called on to give guidance to children, teens, or parents."-- "Journal of the American Board of Family Practice"

"I have used Getting Through to Difficult Kids and Parents for 3 years in a graduate counseling course focusing on children and adolescents. Student feedback has been consistently positive for Taffel's positive approach and practical solutions for working with challenging client families."--John W. Seymour, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S, Department of Counseling and Student Personnel, Minnesota State University, Mankato

"This impressive book will be read and reread for the wealth of information it contains. It will be of assistance to any professional who works with children and parents: mental health practitioners, teachers, clergy, coaches. In a very clear, informative manner, the book portrays the challenges and stresses that confront families today, and offers realistic guidelines for ways in which professionals can help parents meet these challenges. Taffel's insight, knowledge, compassion, and caring are evident on every page. He should be applauded for his continued contributions to improving the lives of families."--Robert Brooks, PhD, Harvard Medical School; author of The Self-Esteem Teacher

"In Getting Through to Difficult Kids and Parents, Taffel presents practical advice drawn from a wealth of experience. His pragmatic approach provides a number of very effective techniques for connecting with youth and their families. Taffel's recommendations are timely, addressing recent changes and challenges in our society. This book will be very useful to all professionals helping children grow."--James P. Comer, MD, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center

"At last, a truly practical book for clinicians working with children and parents. Taffel has written a sensitive and clear handbook that can be used by beginning and experienced therapists alike. He effectively captures the everyday problems confronted by clinicians and suggests direct and innovative ways to address them. In a simple and readable style, the author has translated his years of experience into learnable lessons for helping professionals. This book has helped me see my own clients more clearly. If you work with parents, you should read this book!"--Peter L. Sheras, PhD, ABPP, Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

"Thorough and accessible. The book provides comprehensive, step-by-step suggestions for gathering information, 'getting through to, ' and counseling difficult children and parents. Taffel draws on his rich professional experience to provide numerous examples and anecdotes that clarify his strategies and make them concrete. This is an ideal resource for school professionals and others who work with children and parents."--Marlynn M. Griffin, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychological Foundations, College of Education, Georgia Southern University

"This is a clear, direct guide for professionals who deal with challenging children and their families. Taffel provides an approach that emphasizes pragmatic effectiveness over heavy theory. The book moves easily from the personal level of the individual child and family to the societal level, proposing practical interventions on both fronts. All child professionals will appreciate the good sense of Getting Through."--Lawrence H. Diller, MD, author of Running on Ritalin; Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

"Getting Through to Difficult Kids and Parents is a treasure for the new millennium: Ron Taffel is a passionate, systemic thinker who never loses sight of individual differences. His entirely accessible suggestions and compelling case examples offer hope and inspiration to weary professionals and uncertain novices alike. Taffel is empathically attuned to kids, their parents, and to us, persuasively urging all to know ourselves and each other better--and offering a cornucopia of wonderful suggestions for how to do it. This remarkably lucid and thoughtful book brings together the very best of child and family intervention."--Martha B. Straus, PhD, Clinical Associate and Instructor, Dartmouth Medical School; author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Getting Started: How to Quickly Gather the Information That Counts
Down and Dirty Diagnosis: Spotting Developmental and Psychiatric Problems Early On
Tough Tykes: Getting Through to Difficult Children (2-10 Years Old)
Up Against the Wall: Getting Through to Difficult Parents
Gut Responses: Handling Anger, Outrage, Sexuality, and Other "Unprofessional" Feelings
Staying in Charge: Helping Parents Avoid the Traps of Modern Parenthood
The Second Family: Working with Adolescents in
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ISBN: 9781593850937
ISBN-10: 159385093X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34