Magical Moments of Change: How Psychotherapy Turns Kids Around

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Lenore Terr

W.W. Norton & Co.

304 pages. $27.99.

The story of Terr’s psychotherapeutic successes and setbacks with one highly traumatized young child is woven around the stories of other contributing therapists who describe breakthrough moments with their own young patients. Imparting clinical wisdom to mental health and child welfare professionals without descending into jargon, the book’s narrative examines the therapist’s use of various personas, the creation of a therapeutic atmosphere, how to follow a child’s lead when discerning his or her motivations, and how to react to shared revelations in meaningful ways. (800) 233-4830,