Current Perspectives & Applications in Neurobiology: Working with Young Persons Who are Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse


Robert E. Longo, David S. Prescott, John Bergman and Kevin Creeden

One of the most important scientific advancements of the past few decades is our increased understanding of the brain and the impact of our environment on this complex neurobiology. This new volume by some of the leading experts in the field compiles a comprehensive overview of the core issues we need to understand affecting the neurobiology, neuroscience and the assessment and treatment of sexually abusive youth as well as the child and adolescent victims of sexually abusive and aggressive behavior. Contributors include chapters by the editors plus: Marsha Raredon, Janey Reilly Jackson and Peg Ingolia, David Burton, Geral Blanchard, David Kaiser and Andrea Meckley.

NEARI Press is pleased to announce the publication of this exciting and cutting edge book and third volume in the Current Perspectives and Current Applications series. Written and edited in three parts, this book addresses these core issues:

• Interpersonal neurobiology view of trauma
• Impact of traumatic brain injury
• Brain function assessment and neurotherapy for sexual abuse
• Combining neuroscience, education, and therapy
• Neuroscience applied to the therapeutic milieu
• Experiential therapies as neurological analogs
• Sensorimotor psychotherapy perspective on the treatment of children and adolescents
• Sensory integration and trauma
• Medications and the brain
• Teaching, intervening and counseling with the brain in mind.

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Editorial Reviews

"This text of evidenced-based practice and practice-based evidence is the most accessible neurobiological text I have read. It is clear, straightforward, and one of the most important books in the field. I do not think I have ever seen clearer explication of exactly how neurobiology affects the youth I work with and I believe this volume will change the practices we use to help them. The case studies alone are worth more than the purchase price of the book."
–David Burton, MSW, PhD, Professor,
Smith College of Social Work

"This book provides a comprehensive blueprint for where treatment is heading over the next ten years in the field of adolescent sexually abusive behaviours. It is a very worthy third volume in the trilogy of ‘Current Perspectives/Applications’ and should be on every researcher and practitioner’s desk. The editors and their contributors – all recognized expert researchers and practitioners in their respective fields – provide the reader with both in-depth, yet extremely accessible material that will enable them to immediately enhance their current practice. The book is essential for those working with challenging, dis-regulated youth as it provides practical ways of really ‘doing the work’. It masterfully weaves a rich tapestry of practical neurobiology that encompasses history, theory, practice and case study in the most accessible text on this subject to date. First class in every way."
–Dr Russell Pratt, DHS Child Protection Services, Melbourne, Australia

"This excellent volume successfully integrates a variety of advances in neuroscience research from leading experts in the field that are crucial to understanding and treating sexually abusive youth. Longo, Prescott, Bergman and Creeden have published a must-read book that not only illustrates the importance of understanding the micro aspects of brain development (e.g., neurotransmitters and receptor functioning) and neurological impairments resulting from traumatic stress, it also addresses the macro aspects by utilizing a holistic perspective. An interdisciplinary group of contributing authors explicate the ways neuroscience should inform assessment and treatment, and they demonstrate in practical language, concepts from interpersonal neurobiology and the ways brain-based intervention such as neurotherapy and sensorimotor approaches may be used as an adjunct to the usual cognitively based offense-specific treatment approaches. The intervention section alone will be very useful to seasoned practitioners as well as clinicians just beginning to work with youth with sexually harmful behaviors. In an era where neuroscience is utilized to determine the level of culpability in court proceedings, this text is a timely contribution to the field."
–George S. Leibowitz, PhD, LICSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work,
University of Vermont "


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