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Inside this Book – TINA WAS MY FIRST child patient, just seven years old when I met her. She sat in the waiting room of the University of Chicago child psychiatry clinic: tiny and fragile, huddled with her mother and siblings, unsure what to expect from her new doctor. As I led her to my office and shut the door, it was hard to tell which one of us was more nervous: the three-foot-tall African-American girl with meticulously neat braids or the six-foot-two white guy with the long mane of unruly curls. Tina sat on my couch for a minute, checking me out, looking me up and down. Then, she walked across the room, crawled into my lap and snuggled in. I was touched. Gosh, what a nice thing to do. What a sweet child. Stupid me. She shifted slightly and moved her hand to my crotch and tried to open my zipper. I was no longer anxious. Now, I was sad. I took her hand, moved it from my thighs, and carefully lifted her off my lap. The morning before I first met with Tina I read through her “chart”—one small sheet of paper with minimal information taken during a phone interview with our intake worker. Tina lived with her mother, Sara, and two younger siblings. Sara had called the child psychiatry clinic because her daughter’s school had insisted that she get her evaluated. Tina had been “aggressive and inappropriate” with her classmates. She’d exposed herself, attacked other children, used sexual language and tried to get them to engage in sex play. She didn’t pay attention in class and often refused to follow directions.
Inside this book –The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog PDF Book by Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz – I NEED YOUR HELP.” The caller, Stan Walker,* was an attorney for the Public Guardian’s office in Cook County, Illinois. I had completed my training in child psychiatry and was now an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, still working at the clinic and running my lab. It was 1990. “I just inherited a case scheduled to go to trial next week,” he told me, explaining that it was a homicide. A three-year-old girl named Sandy had witnessed the murder of her own mother. Now, almost a year later, the prosecution wanted her to testify about it. “I’m concerned that this might be pretty overwhelming for her,” Stan went on, asking if I might be able to help prepare her for court. “Pretty overwhelming?” I thought sarcastically to myself, “You think so?” Stan was a Guardian-ad-litem, an attorney appointed by the court to represent children in the legal system. In Cook County (where Chicago is located), the Public Guardian’s Office has a full-time staff to represent children in the child protective services (CPS) system. In almost all other communities this role is played by an appointed attorney who may or may not have experience and training in child law. Cook County had created the full-time positions in the noble hope that if the attorneys worked their cases full time, they could develop experience with children, learn about maltreatment and thus better serve those they represent. (Unfortunately, like all other components of the child protective system, the volume of cases was overwhelming and the office was underfunded.) “Who is her therapist?” I asked, thinking that, someone familiar to the child would be much better suited to help her prepare.
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- Author of this Book – Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Non-Fiction, Psychology, Self Help, Parenting, Health, Science
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