Terr presents highly effective child psychotherapeutic styles and techniques and demonstrates them in three ways: by relating moments from at least six of her own cases; by conveying and comparing moments from 33 of her distinguished colleagues' cases; and by watching her wild child patient, little Cammie, develop her own eight magical moments over a period of fifteen years. These moments are rare. But by pooling them together, or by looking at how they develop over a long period of time in a single individual, readers are able to achieve further understanding of the process of change in child and adolescent psychotherapy.
Lenore Terr, MD, is clinical professor of psychiatry at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco.