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Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents. Discovering What Matters Most Through Evidence-Based, Sensory Interventions. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2488475
  • Book
  • August 2013
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

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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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


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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William Steele TLC Institute.

Caelan Kuban TLC Institute.
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