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Exploring Child Welfare: A Practice Perspective 7th Edition by Cynthia Crosson-Tower, ISBN-13: 978-0134547923



  • Author(s): Cynthia Crosson-Tower
  • Format: PDF
  • Size: 9 MB
  • 448 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0134547926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0134547923
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7th edition (January 4, 2017)
  • Language: English



An engaging, comprehensive overview of services for children and their families.

This practical, engaging, and informative book provides a comprehensive look at child welfare services and what can be done to best help children and families in today’s society. The new 7th Edition looks through the lens of trauma-informed care, stressing the importance of ensuring that children experience no further trauma while services are being explored. The text emphasizes the practice perspective and features numerous case examples that allow students to get a real-life look at the population they will be serving. References to applicable social work competencies appear throughout the book to help guide readers in learning how the competencies apply to practice situations. The new edition also features a new chapter on trauma-sensitive education and a new chapter on juvenile court services.

Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Tower is a Professor Emerita, at Fitchburg State University, where she taught for 24 years also founding and serving as the Director of the Child Protection Institute there. She has consulted to schools, churches and social agencies and maintains a private practice, Harvest Counseling and Consultation, specializing in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, especially in survivors of abuse and perpetrators of sexual abuse. She provides supervision to other professionals, and offers workshops and training both nationally and internationally for educators and other human service professionals.

Dr. Crosson-Tower is a national expert on child abuse and neglect and the author of numerous books and publications including Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect, Exploring Child Welfare: A Practice Perspective, When Children Are Abused: An Educator’s Guide to Intervention, Secret Scars: A Guide for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Homeless Students, A Clergy Guide to Child Abuse and Neglectand How Schools Can Combat Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition, she has authored several monographs including Designing and Implementing a School Reporting Protocol: A How-to-Manual for Massachusetts Teachers for the Children’s Trust Fund in Boston and An Educator’s Guide to School Reporting Protocol for Catholic Schools.

Dr. Crosson-Tower served on the subcommittee to develop protocol for the Cardinal’s Commission of the Archdiocese of Boston and consulted to the Archdiocese as part of the Implementation and Oversight Committee of the Archdiocese’s Office of Child Advocacy.


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