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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book examines the ever important need to break the silence regarding the traumatic grief that children may face. Through the presentation of various child-friendly words, phrases, activities, and methods, this book tackles sensitive issues such as death, abuse, and bullying.
Purpose: The book is intended to promote communication about various traumatic issues children face among not only mental healthcare professionals, but parents and caregivers as well. The book provides various well thought out techniques, activities, explanations, words, phrases, and methods to implement. The reader is given the knowledge necessary to feel comfortable facilitating the gireving and eventual healing process. The intentions are admirable and the book long overdue.
Audience: The book is intended for mental health professionals, parents and caregivers. The simplicity and the easy-to-read and easy-to-use format make this an appropriate tool at any level. The author is well-known and unquestionably a credible authority in this area of work.
Features: This book addresses the means for implementing the grieving and healing process for children who have experienced such traumas as the loss of a loved one, abuse, bullying, violent crimes, and AIDS. The practical activities and chapters on how educators and communities can help to identify at-risk children are standouts. I especially found the two chapters specifically devoted to resources such as books, hotlines, videos, and websites invaluable assets for the reader. The pictures and illustrations have been carefully chosen, and the book is a true reference for clinicans and parents.
Assessment: This is an informative book that truly is a testament to the author's knowledge and experience and her desire to provide others with the tools needed to help our most important population — children. I recommend this book without reservation and commend the author for this exceptional work.