Infant/Child Mental Health, Early Intervention, and Relationship-Based Therapies

A Neurorelational Framework for Interdisciplnary Practice

Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology


Connie Lillas (Author), Janiece Turnbull (Author)


A groundbreaking neuroscientific understanding of infant and child development, including a CD-ROM with supplementary worksheets, figures and tables.

When early interventions with children fail, clinicians wonder: How could things have been different? The answers seem obvious at first, but a little reflection begins to unveil just how complicated this question really is. Who should have been included in the treatment? With what professionals and using what approaches? When should intervention have occurred? Each question involves a spectrum of both personal and societal issues, which is perhaps why problems that are so widely acknowledged remain so widely ignored. Often, a family is not aware that their story could have had a different ending.

So, in response to the critical need for a more cohesive system of care for our youngest patients, this book presents a conceptual framework for interdisciplinary collaboration. Examining the issues of infant mental health and early intervention from a brain-based perspective—one that cuts across all domains—addresses the need for individual practitioners to incorporate the whole picture in relation to their part in assessing and intervening with each individual child and parent, and provides a global framework for team collaboration.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • February 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-70425-9
  • 6.5 × 9.6 in / 608 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“This clearly written and well organized book provides a road map for the field....Highly recommended.” — Antonio Damasio, Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and Director, Brain and Creativity Institute

“This is a timely book that offers us all a chance to do better work for children and families.” — T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and founder, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

“[A] very readable and informative book. I state with pride and enthusiasm that the two authors have met the challenge of scientist-practitioner with distinction.” — Paul Satz, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, Professor Emeritus, UCLA-Semel Institute and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital

“This book is an amazing synthesis, in which development, clinical experience, and neuroscience inform each other in a clear and applied way. As anyone who has worked with challenged infants, young children, and their families knows, understanding the complexity and interaction of all the components involved is a daunting responsibility. The authors’ neurorelational framework reconciles theory, clinical observation, and research in a manner which inspires the reader’s thought and insight. It is a guide to academic and clinical interdisciplinary practice which should become the standard for all!” — Serena Wieder, Ph.D., ICDL, Co-Author of The Child with Special Needs, Engaging Autism and the DIR® Model

“[H]ighly relevant to all disciplines focused on early development. This integration of theories about brain function within context, and particularly within relationships, is vitally important for understanding development, behavior, assessment, and intervention for all professionals in early learning, early intervention, parenting, and mental health....No one reading this will ever think or act without the perspective of brain, behavior, context, and relationships as the integrating framework for assessment and treatment of developmental concerns.” — Kathryn E. Barnard, RN, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington

“[G]old mine of information….A real gift contained in this book is the supplementary CD that provides further background information, concise summaries of the concepts under consideration, and blank ready-to-print worksheets for immediate use….this book is vital background knowledge for anyone working with at-risk or atypically developing young children and their families.” — PsycCritiques

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