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Child Trauma Handbook
A Guide for Helping Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents

ISBN 9781138933927
Published January 11, 2017 by Routledge
356 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 2005, the Child Trauma Handbook is a user-friendly manual that teaches a comprehensive, research-based, phase-model approach to trauma-informed treatment for children and adolescents. Both new and experienced clinicians will find clear explanations and tips for making the connection between child/adolescent behaviors and traumatic histories; they’ll also learn practical skills for successful interventions. Each chapter and skillset is theory based and includes transcripts, case studies, exercises, and specific strategies for addressing problems.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.  Introduction  Section I: Understanding Trauma – A Framework for Organizing Existing Skills  1. Understanding Trauma  2. The Structure of Trauma Treatment  3. The Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Relationship  4. Taking Care of Yourself  Section II: Evaluation and Treatment Planning  5. The Initial Interview – From "Hello" Up to History  6. Taking a Trauma History  7. Trauma-Informed Case Formulation  8. Making a Treatment Contract  Section III: Safety and Strength-Building  9. Case Management  10. Parent Training  11. Self-Control Skills Training  12. Getting Stronger  Section IV: Trauma Resolution  13. Trauma Resolution Methods  14. Preparation for Exposure  15. Conducting an Exposure Session  16. Problem Solving in an Exposure Session  Section V: Making the Most of It  17. Reevaluation and Consolidation of Gains  18. Relapse Prevention and Harm Reduction  19. Challenging Cases: Applying the Fairy Tale Model  Section VI: 24/7 – Helping the Child in Daily Life  20. Creating a Safe Environment  21. Discipline Is Love  22. Using Incentives for Success  23. The Magic Words: Cognitive Interventions.  Appendix A. Trauma-Informed Psychological Assessment.  Appendix B. Child Trauma Resources Online.  References.  Index.

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Ricky Greenwald, PsyD, is the founder and director of the Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute, affiliate professor at SUNY University at Buffalo School of Social Work, and was previously on faculty at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Greenwald is the author of numerous professional articles as well as several books. His trauma training methods have been widely emulated internationally, and his work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Dr. Greenwald has received awards for both his research and his service, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.


"A practical guide to trauma-informed therapy with children and teens and the families who care for them."

Charles Figley, PhD, Paul Henry Kurzweg Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University

"This is a fascinating book on how to respectfully approach and treat traumatized children."

Atle Dyregrov, PhD, Founder, Center for Crisis Psychology, Bergen, Norway