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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
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 addition to the field of psychology.