Child Development: A Practitioner’s Guide by Douglas Davies

Child Development: A Practitioner’s Guide

Douglas Davies
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Presents an overview of developmental theory and research, with a focus on what practitioners need to know. This title explains how children's trajectories are shaped by transactions among early relationships, brain development, and the social environment.

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This widely used practitioner resource and course text provides an engaging overview of developmental theory and research, with a focus on what practitioners need to know. The author explains how children's trajectories are shaped by transactions among early relationships, brain development, and the social environment. Developmental processes of infancy, toddlerhood, the preschool years, and middle childhood are described. The book shows how children in each age range typically behave, think, and relate to others, and what happens when development goes awry. It demonstrates effective ways to apply developmental knowledge to clinical assessment and intervention. Vivid case examples, observation exercises, and quick-reference tables facilitate learning.

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“Beautifully written, engaging, and rich with real-world case examples, this book traces development from infancy through preadolescence and illustrates how to apply developmental principles in complex clinical situations. I enthusiastically recommend it as a text for a comprehensive course in child development. The book is well organized for teaching and can be geared to beginning or higher-level students. The updated third edition integrates new research findings in areas such as neuroscience, trauma, foster care, and social policy. Davies writes with wisdom, respect, and warmth for children and the challenges they face. This book will enrich the clinical skills of all clinicians who work with children.” - Debra A. Katz, a—a Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program, University of Kentucky College of Medicinea—a , USA “Written in warm and accessible language, this book provides an in-depth understanding of child development, with immediate connections to intervention and assessment. Theoretical knowledge is expertly woven into suggestions for practice, making this book highly readable and useful. Davies provides plentiful examples that illustrate his points in a colorful way. I would unhesitatingly choose this book for graduate courses in child development and child psychotherapy.” - Lisa Aronson Fontes, Program in Clinical Psychology, Union Institute and University, USA

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Douglas Davies, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

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