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From the Publisher"This much-needed book effectively argues for the use ofstructured activities as the basis for exploring trauma-specificquestions in clinical work with traumatized children andadolescents. Numerous examples of children’s artwork enhancethe book and illustrate the effectiveness of the treatment. Theauthors’ methods have been used successfully for many yearsand represent a major contribution to the study of trauma that willbe welcomed by both students and seasoned practitioners"
—Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, LICSW, RPT-S, Professor ofSocial Work Emerita, Fordham University
Author: Play therapy with Children in Crisis, 3rd ed.
"In the sea of rhetoric about trauma-informed care, WhatMatters Most delivers answers that will make a difference toyoung people right now. This book equips professionals working atall levels with young people impacted by trauma to do their workdifferently, incorporating one fundamental principle that standsabove all else: this work is not about doing to children, but beingwith children, and empowering them in their own healing journey.From neuroscience to relational practice, this book is the mostcompelling and practical story about trauma treatment told todate."
—Kiaras Gharabaghi, Ph.D, Ryerson University, Toronto,Canada
"The authors provide a clear theoretical framework ANDdemonstrate practical sensory-based activities so kids can discoverand reconnect with their bodies' agency and vitality. Refreshingly,this vehicle creates an emotionally safe journey for the child intothe mystery of the experiential, embedded in implicit memory. It'schock full of invitations to explore self-impressions and worldviewin a way that children feel seen; not assessed."
—Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. originator and founder of theSomatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and author of Waking theTiger and In an Unspoken Voice & Maggie Kline, MS,LMFT, School Psychologist, SE Faculty, co-author of Traumathrough a Child's Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids
"This book is a page-turner, a comment usually reserved foraction novels. Rich with recent neuroscience findings, the impactof trauma on the brain, case studies, and specific interventions,Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children andAdolescents is a must-have resource for anyone who works withand cares about young people of any age. As a foster care survivorand now a college professor, I am grateful for Dr. Steele'scontribution."
—John Seita, Ed.D., School of Social Work, MichiganState University
"Building on years of developing and researching structuredsensory interventions, the authors share poignant stories ofresilience, integrate findings from neuroscience and empiricalstudies, and offer simple and effective interventions that buildsafe and secure relationships for grieving and traumatized childrenand teens."
—Anne L. Stewart, Ph.D., Professor of GraduatePsychology, James Madison University, President, VirginiaAssociation for Play Therapy