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2nd Edition

Working With Parents of Aggressive Children: A Practitioner's Guide

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Timothy A Cavell, Lauren B Quetsch

  • Working With Parents of Aggressive Children

333 pages
ISBN: 9781433839139

This second edition of Working With Parents of Aggressive Children features new scholarship in children’s emotional socialisation and childhood aggression and offers parenting interventions developed through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

​Healthy parent-child relationships reflect parents’ capacity to accept, contain, and lead their children, and under-girding healthy-parent child relationships are parents’ goals, parents’ health, and family structure. This comprehensive guide shows mental health providers how to discuss setting reasonable expectations and goals that are attainable through therapy, promoting parent self-care, and promoting family structure.

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, the authors explain how clinicians can tailor their work to the unique needs of each family. They offer compelling, realistic examples that accurately reflect the range of diversity that exists among parents and families, and examine the opportunities and challenges that can arise when working with families from diverse backgrounds.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Julia Ogg


  1. Aggression in Childhood
  2. A Framework for Working With Parents of Aggressive Children
  3. Managing the Alliance
  4. Goals
  5. Health
  6. Structure
  7. Accept
  8. Contain
  9. Lead
  10. Working With Parents Through the Lens of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

with Harlee Onovbiona



About the Authors

"Professors Cavell and Quetsch have produced the book that many in our profession have been waiting for. This book is grounded in the latest evidence and exhibits a humanity that speaks to the lived experiences of the parents who struggle with raising aggressive children and the therapists who seek to improve the lives of these families. I fully expect to find this book on the shelves of department clinics the world over and as required reading for graduate students’ practicum coursework. "
- Andres De Los Reyes, PhD, editor-in-chief, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and professor of psychology, University of Maryland

"Drs. Cavell and Quetch are masters of translating and applying complex contextual concepts using clinically relevant language and examples. Their approach is remarkably compassionate, accessible, and practical, yet grounded in the latest evidence-based theories and research. The result is an important and timely resource for beginner or seasoned child clinicians interested in delivering the highest standard of care in diverse settings. "
- Terry Stancin, PhD, ABPP, clinical child & adolescent psychologist; APA fellow; and professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH