Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children: Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect

Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children: Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect

by Richard Kagan
     
 

Learn to build the trust you need to help children in crisis!

Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children: Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect is a therapeutic guide to helping troubled children move beyond the traumatic experiences that haunt them. Author Dr. Richard Kagan, Director of Psychological Services for Parsons Child and Family

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Learn to build the trust you need to help children in crisis!

Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children: Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect is a therapeutic guide to helping troubled children move beyond the traumatic experiences that haunt them. Author Dr. Richard Kagan, Director of Psychological Services for Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York, presents comprehensive information on how to understand—and surmount—the impact of loss, neglect, separation, and violence on children’s development, how to discover and foster strengths in children and their families, and how to rebuild connections and hope for children who are at risk of harm to themselves and others. This unique book is designed to be used in tandem with Real Life Heroes: A Life Storybook for Children (Haworth), an innovative workbook that helps children develop the self-esteem they need to overcome the worries and fears of their past through a creative arts approach that fosters positive values and a sense of pride.

Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children helps children move from negative or suppressed memories to a more positive perspective, not by denying hardships, but by drawing strength from the supportive people in their lives. Practitioners can use the book as a framework and detailed guide to assessment, engagement, development of service plans, and implementation of attachment and trauma therapy. The book is a comprehensive model for working to build the trust necessary before other trauma therapy approaches can be successfully initiated.

Topics examined in Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children include:

  • attachment theory and research
  • types of attachment problems
  • PTSD behaviors
  • permanency work with children in placement
  • ADHD, bipolar, and RAD
  • cognitive behavioral therapies
  • storytelling therapies
  • the myth of perfection
  • neuropsychological patterns
  • and much more!
Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children is a rich resource for practitioners, academics, parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, grandparents, and anyone working to show troubled children how to learn from the past, resolve problems in the present, and build a better future.

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Editorial Reviews

Reviewer:Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM(College of Lake County)
Description:This is a heartfelt yet strongly empirical journey into the pain and suffering that some children unfortunately suffer and endure. It highlights the need and ability to help rebuild attachments and trust into children's lives.
Purpose:The purpose is to help children develop self-esteem and overcome difficult experiences in their lives. The reader is given an opportunity to feel the pain and understand the perspectives of children in distress. The reader is also given a look into the strengths and weaknesses of the families and the potential for rebuilding connections and hope. The author has exceeded his objectives.
Audience:This book is intended for child and adolescent mental health professionals and trauma therapists. To a lesser extent, interested caregivers may benefit as well. The author shares his 27 years of experience as well as his compassion and love for children.
Features:The book is an exploration into the complicated facets of traumatized children. It dispels the myths, stereotypes, and opens the readers mind to the pain, suffering, and emotional roller coaster these children unfortunately have to face. What I found most interesting are the case vignettes which really help to drive home the message the author conveys and essentially puts a persona behind the text. Even more provocative are the emotions readers feels as they delve further into the book.
Assessment:Clearly, this is one of the finest books on child and adolescent trauma written by a truly compassionate individual. A much needed and welcome additionto the field of psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415651356
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/15/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
390

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