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The Miami Child Well-Being Court model: A handbook for clinicians

Goldman Fraser, J. and Casanueva, C. – 2013

Describes the Miami Child Well-Being Court (CWBC), which focuses on the well-being of infants and young children who are involved in the court and child welfare systems. The CWBC emphasizes the importance of utilizing evidence-based interventions to address child trauma associated with maltreatment. Provides information on specific evidence-based clinical interventions. Describes what clinicians who are involved with the court can expect at hearings. Summarizes basics about court and child welfare processes. Outlines CWBC clinical practice in areas such as: opening and closing cases, conducting parent-child assessments, engaging parents in treatment, protecting the therapeutic relationship, building a support system for parents, participating in hearings, and collaborating on the court team. Appendices include additional information on dependency court proceedings, training topics for CWBC-involved clinicians, choosing assessment measures, and a sample parent-child assessment.