Child Abuse Review
This informative and comprehensive work sets out to illuminate the nature of abuse that occurs within trusting, dependent or attached relationships... The author makes effective use of summary boxes and diagrams to highlight the key points of each chapter. Particularly valuable is the inclusion of moving and powerful case vignettes to bring emotional valence to the themes discussed and to place them in a real]life context. There are also useful suggestions for further reading... the book is written in an appropriately scientific style, making use of clinical evidence and research from the therapeutic field to support the author's assertions and providing sensible suggestions for work in this area. The expertise and wealth of clinical experience of the author are very much in evidence... clearly written, comprehensive and accessible, providing almost everything a therapist needs to know about working with those who have experienced interpersonal abuse. The focus on the complexity of interpersonal abuse and the devotion of a separate chapter to each form of abuse distinguish it from most other books in this field. I would recommend it as a must]read for a broad range of professionals and others working with survivors of abuse.
The Independent Practitioner
I would strongly urge counsellors, psychotherapists, trainers, educators, curriculum developers and other helping professionals to consider this text as essentiial and core reading, because a strength of the work is that it is grounded in the author's 21 years of clinical experience, and supported with references from current and contemporary research findings.