Category Archives: Providers

For Parents and Providers: Understanding Postpartum Depression

I’m always on the prowl for helpful books and resources to offer parents and providers, and I just came across PsychCentral’s review of the book, “Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression” by Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D., and … Continue reading

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For Providers: Assessing Posttraumatic Play

As a psychologist-in-training specializing in child trauma, I am constantly looking for reliable ways to assess posttraumatic symptomology, especially in young children who often cannot report their symptoms to adults.  Children express distress differently than adults; even the DSM-IV-TR acknowledges … Continue reading

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Upcoming Speaking Engagement

Wondering how to blend play therapy and evidence-based therapies in treatment and assessment?  Come hear me speak about it at the Southern California regional conference of the California Association for Pay Therapy on March 11 and 12 in Rancho Cucamonga.

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The Recession’s Impact on Children

Novotney, A. (2010).  The Recession’s Toll on Children.  Monitor on Psychology, 41(8), 43-43-46. In the most recent issue of Monitor on Psychology, Novotney summarizes research on the outcomes of low-income environments on children’s cognitive development.  She goes on to detail … Continue reading

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Trauma & Dissociation in the DSM5: Where Do They Fit?

Spiegel, D. (2010).  Dissociation in the DSM5.  Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 11, 261-265. In David Spiegel’s most recent Editorial in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, he discusses some of the possible changes for dissociative disorders in the upcoming … Continue reading

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A New Type of PTSD?

Lanius, R.A., Vermetten, E., Loewenstein, R.J., Schmal, C., Brenner, D.J., & Spiegel, D. (2010).  A dissociative subtype of PTSD: Clinical and neurobiological evidence.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 167, 640-647. Psychology’s daignostic nosology, the DSM-IV-TR, is currently under intense scrutiny by … Continue reading

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Child-Centered Play Therapy and Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Cochran, J.F., Cochran, N.H., Nordling, W.J., McAdam, A., & Miller, D.T. (2010). Two case studies of child-centered play therapy for children referred with highly disruptive behavior. The International Journal of Play Therapy, 19, 130-143. In the most recent issue of … Continue reading

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Child Sex Trafficking

Welcome to my blog! Ultimately, I hope to use this blog to summarize current research in the field of child psychology and child trauma for parents and providers. With all the new research available in these fields it can be … Continue reading

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