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Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Discovering What Matters Most Through Evidence-Based, Sensory Interventions

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"This much-needed book effectively argues for the use of structured activities as the basis for exploring trauma-specific questions in clinical work with traumatized children and adolescents. Numerous examples of children's artwork enhance the book and illustrate the effectiveness of the treatment. The authors' methods have been used successfully for many years and represent a major contribution to the study of trauma that will be welcomed ...

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Overview

Praise for Working With Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents

"This much-needed book effectively argues for the use of structured activities as the basis for exploring trauma-specific questions in clinical work with traumatized children and adolescents. Numerous examples of children's artwork enhance the book and illustrate the effectiveness of the treatment. The authors' methods have been used successfully for many years and represent a major contribution to the study of trauma that will be welcomed by both students and seasoned practitioners."
—Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, LICSW, RPT-S Professor of Social Work Emerita, Fordham University, Author: Play Therapy With Children in Crisis

"The authors provide a clear theoretical framework and demonstrate practical sensory-based activities so kids can discover and reconnect with their bodies' agency and vitality. Refreshingly, this vehicle creates an emotionally safe journey for the child into the mystery of the experiential, embedded in implicit memory. It's chock-full of invitations to explore self-impressions and worldviews in a way that children feel seen, not assessed."
—Peter A. Levine, PhD, and Maggie Kline, MS, LMFT, Coauthors: Trauma Through a Child's Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids

A structured, sequential, and evidence-based approach for the treatment of children and adolescents experiencing trauma or grief

Working With Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents features the Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP) intervention model, proven in successfully addressing violent situations such as murder, domestic violence, and physical abuse, as well as non-violent grief- and trauma-inducing situations including divorce, critical injuries, car fatalities, terminal illness, and environmental disasters.

Filled with practical and proven activities for use with children and adolescents experiencing trauma and grief, this resource is based on the authors' experience working with all types of traumatic events in school-, agency-, and community-based programs across the country.

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"This much-needed book effectively argues for the use of structured activities as the basis for exploring trauma-specific questions in clinical work with traumatized children and adolescents. Numerous examples of children’s artwork enhance the book and illustrate the effectiveness of the treatment. The authors’ methods have been used successfully for many years and represent a major contribution to the study of trauma that will be welcomed by both students and seasoned practitioners"
Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, LICSW, RPT-S, Professor of Social Work Emerita, Fordham University
Author: Play therapy with Children in Crisis, 3rd ed.

"In the sea of rhetoric about trauma-informed care, What Matters Most delivers answers that will make a difference to young people right now. This book equips professionals working at all levels with young people impacted by trauma to do their work differently, incorporating one fundamental principle that stands above all else: this work is not about doing to children, but being with children, and empowering them in their own healing journey. From neuroscience to relational practice, this book is the most compelling and practical story about trauma treatment told to date."
Kiaras Gharabaghi, Ph.D, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

"The authors provide a clear theoretical framework AND demonstrate practical sensory-based activities so kids can discover and reconnect with their bodies' agency and vitality. Refreshingly, this vehicle creates an emotionally safe journey for the child into the mystery of the experiential, embedded in implicit memory. It's chock full of invitations to explore self-impressions and worldview in a way that children feel seen; not assessed."
Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. originator and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and author of Waking the Tiger and In an Unspoken Voice & Maggie Kline, MS, LMFT, School Psychologist, SE Faculty, co-author of Trauma through a Child's Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids

"This book is a page-turner, a comment usually reserved for action novels. Rich with recent neuroscience findings, the impact of trauma on the brain, case studies, and specific interventions, Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents is a must-have resource for anyone who works with and cares about young people of any age. As a foster care survivor and now a college professor, I am grateful for Dr. Steele's contribution."
John Seita, Ed.D., School of Social Work, Michigan State University

"Building on years of developing and researching structured sensory interventions, the authors share poignant stories of resilience, integrate findings from neuroscience and empirical studies, and offer simple and effective interventions that build safe and secure relationships for grieving and traumatized children and teens."
Anne L. Stewart, Ph.D., Professor of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University, President, Virginia Association for Play Therapy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118543177
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 679,431
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM STEELE, PsyD, MSW, is the founder of the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) established in 1990, where he has personally trained more than 5,000 TLC Certified Trauma and Loss School and Clinical Specialists.

CAELAN KUBAN, PsyD, LMSW, is Director of TLC, a program of the Starr Global Learning Network. She provides training across the country to professionals working with traumatized children and families.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

Chapter One How Structured, Sensory Interventions Help Grieving and Traumatized Children 1

Chapter Two Children’s Experiences With Grief and Trauma 21

Chapter Three Trauma-Informed Principles and Practices 45

Chapter Four Structured Drawing Activities 67

Chapter Five Curiosity and the Trauma Questioning Process 85

Chapter Six Meeting Children in Their World 103

Chapter Seven Incorporating SITCAP in Schools and Community-Based Organizations 123

Chapter Eight Interventions With Parents and Guardians 145

Chapter Nine Nurturing Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth 171

Appendices

A. What If? Questions 193

B. SITCAP Program Activity Examples 209

C. School Recovery Protocol 221

D. Resilience Resources for Teachers 227

About the Authors 229

References 231

Author Index 243

Subject Index 245

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