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The Scared Child
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A noted psychologist shows parents how to help children recover from the effects of trauma What can you do to ease the pain of a child suffering the effects of divorce? Illness? Abuse? A natural disaster? Death of a person or pet? Dr. Barbara Brooks, a pioneer in adapting the technique of Critical Incident Debriefing to help children, shows parents how they can use this new, successful approach to help their kids work through shattering events. Written in a caring style, the book describes how to recognize the signs of trauma and how to encourage a child to express fear and pain through conversations, drawing, and other communications techniques. * Dr. Brooks has successfully used this technique with children involved in the World Trade Center bombing, Hurricane Andrew, and other disasters * Offers intervention techniques tailored to three age groups: 2-5, 6-12, and 13-18 BARBARA BROOKS, PhD, (New York, New York) is Clinical Director of the Employee Counseling Program, a division of the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services-the largest nonprofit, nonsectarian mental health agency in the U.S. PAULA SIEGEL (New York, New York) is a contributing editor to Parenting magazine.
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WHAT IS TRAUMA? Trauma: An Overview. The Effects of Trauma. Recognizing Signs of Posttraumic Stress in Children. Debriefing: A Four Step Method for Helping a Child Through a Traumatic Experience. WORKING THROUGH TRAUMATIC EVENTS. Death: Coping With Loss. Abuse: The Ultimate Betrayal. Natural Disasters: Shared Devastation. Divorce: When Parents Cause the Pain. Illness and Injury: Coping with the Unexpected. Trauma by Proxy: Too Close for Comfort. Appendices. Index.

About the Author

Barbara Brooks, Ph.D., is a pioneer in treating childhood trauma. She and her colleagues have used the techniques in this book to help children in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew and the World Trade Center bombing. Dr. Brooks is currently Clinical Director of the Employee Counseling Program and a principal in Trauma Recovery Associates. She also maintains a private practice in New York City. Paula M. Siegel is a freelance writer. Both authors live in New York City.

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