Child Trauma Handbook: A Guide for Helping Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Child Trauma Handbook

A Guide for Helping Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents, 1st Edition

By Ricky Greenwald


342 pages

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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.


"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

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 Gains18. 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 Environment21. Discipline Is Love22. Using Incentives for Success23. The Magic Words: Cognitive Interventions. Appendix A. Trauma-Informed Psychological Assessment. Appendix B. Child Trauma Resources Online. References. Index.

About the Author

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.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)