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The Handbook of Therapeutic Care for Children

The Handbook of Therapeutic Care for Children

Evidence-Informed Approaches to Working with Traumatized Children and Adolescents in Foster, Kinship and Adoptive Care

Edited by Janise Mitchell, Joe Tucci, and Ed Tronick. Foreword by Stephen W. Porges

Quick Overview

Bringing together a wide range of therapeutic approaches and models, this book examines recent developments in supporting children in out of home care. Covering topics such as cultural heritage, relative care and the importance of schools and peer relationships, it sheds new light on how to create opportunities for healing in traumatized children.
2019, Paperback / softback, 8.98in x 5.91in / 228mm x 150mm, 344pp
ISBN: 9781785927515

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This innovative book brings together a wide range of therapeutic approaches, techniques and models to outline recent developments in the practice of supporting children in out-of-home care. It sheds light on the significance of schools, sports and peer relationships in the lives of traumatized children. It also draws particular attention to the vital importance of taking into account children's cultural heritage, and to the growing prevalence of relative care.

Each chapter is set out by acclaimed and world-renowned contributors' specific approach, such as Dan Hughes and his work on conceptual maps and Cathy Malchiodi and her research on creative interventions, and gives practical ways to support children and carers. It also includes contributions from Bruce Perry, Allan Schore and Martin Teicher. This comprehensive volume will open new avenues for understanding how the relationship between child and carer can create opportunities for change and healing.


'Finally, a book that successfully addresses all of the complex bio-psycho-social-developmental consequences of early trauma! Therapeutic Care treats the embodied and encultured mind at each stage of life in a way that leverages the way the brain evolved to heal - in security and safety. Highly recommended.'
- Louis Cozolino Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Author of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships

'The Handbook of Therapeutic Care is a wonderfully practical and readable guide for all of us dedicated to creating pathways to health for children exposed to chronic trauma and abuse - children who are stuck in an inner world filled with helplessness, chaos and danger. Despite the multiplicity of voices of (outstanding) contributors, this handbook provides a unified synthesis of practices that help us understand the pressures from the past on current behavior, and presents a comprehensive and well-tested model to provide sensory, relational and emotional repair for children and young people who carry the legacy of danger, abandonment, and unpredictability. This is the integration we have been waiting for.'
- Bessel A. van der Kolk MD, Medical Director, the Trauma Center, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Author: NYT best seller: The Body keeps the Score; mind, brain and body in the healing of trauma