Essential Tools for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dr. Tiffany Loggins (2022)

Dr. Loggins' work reveals to both clinicians and patients alike how CBT can be used to develop healthy coping skills, alter thinking patterns, and ultimately help people live happier lives.

Experiences During COVID-19: Needs of College Students with a History of Foster Care

Saralyn Ruff, Deanna Linville, and Jean Kjellstrand (2022)

Deanna and Saralyn, A Home Within's research consultants, have co-authored a new article on the needs and requested resources of foster youth in college in the first months of the pandemic. Findings highlight the ways we can collectively support current and former foster youth with their educational goals during COVID-19, including increasing access to mental health services, support for connection and relationship, and resource information to promote self-agency.

Trauma in Context: an Integrative Treatment Model

Karen Zilberstein (2021)

This article argues that current trauma treatment approaches can be improved through additional consideration of both pre- and post-trauma context: "Pre-trauma experiences influence the severity of traumatic responses, while post-trauma factors impact a person’s ability to cope and recover. Both are important targets for direct intervention."

Parents Under Pressure

Karen Zilberstein (2019)

In this book, Karen Zilberstein, Clinical Director of the Northampton, MA chapter of A Home Within, provides a candid look at how parents contending with poverty, illness, disability, or other constraints are expected to do so much with so little—and the price they and society pay.

Published in March 2019 has since won two Indie Book Awards.

Psychoanalytic Reflections on Parenting Teens and Young Adults: Changing Patterns in Modern Love, Loss, and Longing

Karen Earle (2018)

Karen Earle, a therapist in our Northampton AHW group, just published an interesting, insightful, beautifully written chapter in a book.

Ouch Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways

Michael Genhart (2015)

Sometimes kids use hurtful or ugly words to put down other kids, whether they mean to insult or are just going along with the group. These hurtful words often carry a deeper meaning that many children aren' t aware of. Ouch Moments shows kids who is affected by these words: the target, the mean kid, and bystanders. Includes a "Note to Parents and Caregivers."

Relational Treatment Of Trauma: Stories Of Loss And Hope

Toni Heineman (2015)

Relational Treatment of Trauma: Stories of loss and hope is the culmination of over 35 years of psychotherapy with children and adults, many of whom have suffered the effects of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. It addresses a gap in the literature on the treatment of trauma and chronic loss that are ubiquitous parts of life in foster care. While "trauma-informed care" has received considerable attention recently, there is little that focuses on the consequences of repeated, unexpected, and unexplained or unexplainable losses of caregivers.

Loong Kwok In Conversation

Director of Fostering Relationships, Loong Kwok, Psy.D., interview. fort da, vol 21, 2015

A Home Within is proud to share Dr. Loong Kwok's conversation with Dr. Adam Phillips, which was published in fort da, The Journal of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. Phillips is a British psychoanalyst, renowned for both his literary essays and theoretical contributions. Dr. Phillips participated in this interview about his work and his thoughts about psychoanalysis, community work, and culture.


Amy Kaufman Burk (2014)

Tightwire, the second novel from author Amy Kaufman Burk (Hollywood High: Achieve The Honorable), follows the determined and multifaceted Caroline Black into her rookie year as a psychology intern. Her first patient, Collier Z. Tratner, is stormy, seductive, complex and brilliant. Tightwire tracks one year of their therapy, as Caroline helps Collier confront a troubled past filled with secrets that haunt him. Watching Collier grow motivates Caroline to learn from her own mistakes and confront her own troubled past. Through their commitment to working together, Caroline and Collier deeply influence each other.

Healing after Parent Loss in Childhood and Adolescence: Therapeutic Interventions and Theoretical Considerations

Phyllis Cohen, K. Mark Sossin and Richard Ruth (2014)

In Healing after Parent Loss in Childhood and Adolescence: Therapeutic Interventions and Theoretical Considerations, experts explore the varied, often complex, and always tragic circumstances under which young people face losing a parent. Profound grief and feelings of powerlessness may accompany loss of a parent at any age, but distinctly so when such loss is experienced during formative years. Whenever these individuals seek help, therapists must be psychically prepared to enter into arenas of trauma, bereavement, and mourning. The children, teens, and adults presented are diverse in age, culture/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. A diverse group of contributors showcase a wide range of effective approaches—from traditionally structured short- and long-term psychotherapies and psychoanalysis, to psycho-educational, supportive, and preventive interventions.

Interrupting The Cycles Of Early Loss, Trauma And Abuse: Therapeutic Challenges

Toni Heineman, (2014)

This volume offers rich and detailed illustrations of the complex emotional needs of the children and parents in vulnerable families. The chapters also highlight the psychological toll that working with at risk groups takes on therapists and others charged with providing care for children and families whose internal worlds are often fragile and external worlds are often dangerous and chaotic. Above all, the contributions, whether taken together or individually make it abundantly clear that short-term solutions are simply not possible for adults or children who have been traumatized many times over. They also underscore the need for those working with traumatized groups to protect themselves from psychological exhaustion in order to maintain the emotional vitality that is necessary for effective work.

Calming Stormy Feelings: A Child's Introduction to Psychotherapy

Sarah Abel & Karen Zilberstein (2014)

Knowing how to help children with their feelings can be challenging for all parents, but when feelings grow too strong, they create storms that burst through and change the way children act. This book aims to introduce parents and children to the world of feelings and psychotherapy. Age appropriate explanations are provided so that children, parents, teachers, doctors and other professionals gain a language for conversing on this topic.

The Psychology of Theft and Loss: Stolen and Fleeced

Robert Tyminski (2014)

Why do we steal?

This question has confounded everyone from parents to judges, teachers to psychologists, economists to more than a few moral thinkers. Stealing can be a result of deprivation, of envy, or of a desire for power and influence. An act of theft can also bring forth someone’s hidden traits – paradoxically proving beneficial to their personal development.

Treating Trauma: Relationship-Based Psychotherapy With Children, Adolescents, And Young Adults

Toni V. Heineman (Editor), June M. Clausen (Editor), Saralyn C. Ruff (Editor), Paula Ammerman (Contributor), 11 more, (2013)

Treating Trauma: Relationship-Based Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults presents a theoretically based and empirically supported framework for work with traumatized children, youth, and young adults who have spent time in foster care. It offers vivid examples of cases from the work of clinicians of A Home Within, a national non-profit focused on meeting the emotional needs of current and former foster youth. These nine case studies illustrate the vital role that relationships play in helping overcome the trauma of chronic, unexpected, and unexplained losses. They describe the work with clients, the collateral work, and also the therapists’ personal experiences of treating this vulnerable population.

For As Long As It Takes: Relationship-Based Play Therapy For Children In Foster Care

Toni Heineman, June Madsen Clausen, Saralyn C. Ruff, Wendy Von Wiederhold, Psychoanalytic Social Work, 2012

The trauma of child abuse is magnified for children placed in foster care. The disruption, disorganization, and discontinuity experienced in foster care further extend the trauma of abuse. Effective treatment of foster youth must prioritize the basic need for children to experience continuity, stability, and permanency in attachment to a healthy adult(s). Short-term, symptom-focused interventions are inappropriate for this population of ethnically diverse, socioeconomically disadvantaged, underserved, multiply traumatized youths with complex psychiatric comorbidity. We describe a long-term, psychoanalytically oriented, relational play therapy intervention for foster youth and present initial empirical results describing the impact of this approach.

Building A Home Within: Meeting The Emotional Needs Of Children And Youth In Foster Care

Toni Heineman, Diane Ehrensaft, Brookes Publishing Co., 2006

All children need stable, lasting relationships with caring adults to ensure their healthy emotional, cognitive, and social development. But for children and adolescents in foster care, these essential relationships are often absent. This book presents a proven solution based on over 10 years of groundbreaking work by the Children’s Psychotherapy Project (CPP): When young people work with the same therapist for as long as they need to, they’ll make better progress toward developing strong, healthy relationships and hope for the future. More than a dozen experts from the CPP give psychologists, social workers, counselors, and program administrators a complete, research-supported introduction to this successful “one child, one therapist, for as long as it takes” model as they share their triumphs and challenges. Through the lessons these therapists learned as they donated their time to weekly psychotherapy sessions, readers will gain new insight on how to build positive relationships with children. They’ll learn how to address various aspects of foster care.

The Abused Child: Psychodynamic Understanding and Treatment

By Toni Vaughn Heineman – Guilford Press (1998)

Capturing the complexities of working with abused children, Heineman explores the intrapsychic worlds of these youngsters and examines many of the paradoxes and complications encountered when treating them. The book traces the interplay of neurobiological and psychological facets of behavior to show how abuse derails normal development and how psychodynamic psychotherapy can reestablish emotional connections. Chapters highlight special issues involved when working with children who have been physically, sexually, and emotionally abused, exploring memory and disclosure, dissociation and externalization, and the relationship between action and spoken language. The book also addresses important factors in understanding and working with parents and caregivers and reviews such relevant legal issues as the process of court-ordered evaluations. Throughout, clinical vignettes illustrate the practical applications of concepts and theories discussed.

“My therapist has been my anchor through this storm. They remind me of the progress I have made over the years when I feel I am only treading water. They remain by my side in this healing journey and self-discovery. Without them, I forget that I am a good person with a stable job, friends, and chosen family whom I am able to love and that I am loved.” —Anthony, AHW Advisor & Former Client