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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This supplementary workbook to the author's book, Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children: Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect, is an excellent way for parents and clinicians to help rebuild the connections with traumatized children and promote a sense of needed permanency.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a variety of ways in which children aged 6-12 can express themselves through drawings, writings, crafts, posters, etc. It is through this expression, with the support of both therapist and parent or caring adult, that the child's wounds can begin to heal. These worthy and commendable objectives are met.
Audience: Intended mainly for use under the supervision of licensed mental health practitioners (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers), the book is intended for children aged 6-12 and their parents or caregivers to implement in their treatment. The author's credibility and experience is without question.
Features: The book explores the child's own image of self and of those around him and her. Notably, the workbook looks at what the child considers to be a hero and what a hero means to the child. Children are given opportunities to look back, look to the present, and look to the future. There a number of fill-in-the-blank items and opportunities to draw feelings, images, and thoughts, all of which allow children to safely explore their pain and ultimately be able to process it.
Assessment: This one of the best, most caring workbooks I have seen. The need and benefit that such a workbook will provide to traumatized children is beyond words, yet the author has been able to capture those words and produce an invaluable therapeutic tool. Highly commendable and highly recommended!