© 2014

Evidence-Based Approaches for the Treatment of Maltreated Children

Considering core components and treatment effectiveness

  • Susan Timmer
  • Anthony Urquiza

Part of the Child Maltreatment book series (MALT, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lindsay A. Forte, Susan Timmer, Anthony Urquiza
      Pages 13-18
  3. Interventions for Infants and Toddlers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Patricia Van Horn, Vilma Reyes
      Pages 61-77
  4. Interventions for Young Children

  5. Interventions for School Aged Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Anthony P. Mannarino, Judith A. Cohen, Esther Deblinger
      Pages 165-185
    3. David J. Kolko, Heather Simonich, Anna Loiterstein
      Pages 187-212
  6. Interventions for Adolescents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Michele S. Berk, Janine Shelby, Claudia Avina, Keegan R. Tangeman
      Pages 215-236
    3. Cynthia Cupit Swenson, Cindy M. Schaeffer
      Pages 237-257
  7. Dissemination and Implementation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259

About this book


This volume provides an overview of the research describing the effects of child maltreatment on mental health, cognitive and social-emotional development. It offers descriptions of selected empirically based treatments (EBTs) written by scholars associated with its development, training, or research on its effectiveness. Each contributor presents the theoretical foundation of the EBT and evidence of its efficacy, describes the treatment process and illustrates this process with a case study of its use with a maltreated child, and discusses possible limitations. Following the chapters describing the interventions, the editors address key issues of the dissemination and implementation of these EBTs. They describe the strategies the selected interventions have used to ensure treatment fidelity in training and dissemination from the perspective of implementation science’s core components of implementation. The challenges of implementing EBTs, and the difficulty of fitting protocol to the reality of clinical practice in community mental health settings are also discussed. This volume offers a central source of information for students and practitioners who are seeking effective interventions to address problems associated with child maltreatment.


Child Maltreatment Child Psychotherapy EST - Empirically Supported Treatments Early Intervention Foster Care Emerically Supported Treatments Evidence-based Practice Foster Parents Incredible Years Intervention Mental Health Treatment Neurobiological Development PCIT Parent - Child Relationship Positive Parenting SPARCS Social Development Trauma Symtoms Traumatized Children TripleP

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan Timmer
    • 1
  • Anthony Urquiza
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsCAARE CenterSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsCAARE CenterSacramentoUSA

About the editors

Anthony J. Urquiza, Ph.D. Dr. Anthony Urquiza is a clinical child psychologist and Director of the CAARE Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of California Davis Medical Center. The CAARE Center provides psychological assessments and a range of mental health treatment services primarily for maltreated children. During the last decade, Dr. Urquiza's primary clinical research interests have focused on two areas, interventions to address child maltreatment, and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices. He has been adapting Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to families involved in child welfare systems (i.e., physically abusive families, foster families, adoptive families). In addition to his clinical service and research activities, Dr. Urquiza is Director of the PCIT Training Center, which has been involved in training more than 100 community mental health agencies throughout the United States and in several other countries.

Susan Timmer, Ph.D. Susan G. Timmer, Ph.D., is a research scientist at the CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, a faculty member of the Human Development Graduate Group, and clinical assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in different populations of children and families and the effects of parent-child relationship processes and trauma on children’s mental health. Dr. Timmer has also been involved in evaluating the effectiveness of treatment dissemination at the PCIT Training Center.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“This is an excellent discussion of evidence-based interventions for maltreated children from infancy through adolescence. It is easy to read and practical, written by experts in field. The book provides readers with useful information so they can make decisions about treatment for their clients.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Book Reviews, May, 2014)