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Helping Children of Troubled Parents

A Guidebook, 1st Edition

By Margot Sunderland

Routledge

244 pages

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Paperback: 9780863888007
pub: 2010-12-31
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Description

This book is designed to enable practitioners to help children whose emotional wellbeing is being adversely affected by troubled parents. These are children who live with the burden of having to navigate their parent's troubled emotional states, often leaving them with a mass of painful feelings about a chaotic and disturbing world. They can feel alarmed by their parent rather than experiencing them as 'home', and a place of safety and solace.

The author explores the fact that when parents are preoccupied with their own troubles, they are often unable to effectively address their child's core relational needs, e.g. soothing, validating, attunement, co-adventure, interactive play. As a result, children are left self-helping, which all too often means drugs, drink, self-harm, depression, anxiety, eating disorders or problems with anger in the teenage years.

This guidebook offers readers a wealth of vital theory and effective interventions for working with these children and, specifically, the key feelings such children need help with. Particular focus is given to the effects on children of: family breakdown, separation and divorce, witnessing parents fighting, and parents who suffer from depression or anxiety, mental or physical ill-health, alcohol or drug addiction. Readers will learn:

  • the complexity of children's feelings about their troubled parents
  • how to enable children to address their unspoken hurt, fear, grief, rage, and resentment about their troubled parent in order to move forward in their lives
  • how to empower children to find their voice when they have been left in the role of impotent bystander
  • effective parent-child intervention when parental troubles are adversely affecting the child
  • and how to help a parent and child 'find' each other again.

Reviews

"Sunderland's whole series is excellent. I find I recommend each one… Good writing, wonderful artwork, a real impetus to use the material." — Adoption Today

"A vital resource for all parents and child professionals." — Families Magazine

"Margot's books are digestible teaching aids for anyone working with children - a resource that would be beneficial in every school both for qualified and non-qualified staff." Special Children

About the Series

Helping Children with Feelings

This is Margot Sunderland’s bestselling series of therapeutic stories for children, each accompanied by a professional guidebook. The practical guidebooks enable teachers, parents and professionals to help children aged 4-12 connect with unresolved feelings affecting their behaviour.

Each guide focuses on a particular feeling, with exercises and ideas to help children think about, express and focus on that feeling to the point of resolution.

The illustrated stories are designed to be told alongside the guide, but can be bought and used independently.

Interested in purchasing multiple sets within this series? Please contact our dedicated Sales Executive Louise Perrier at Louise.Perrier@tandf.co.uk or call +44 (0) 20 755 19109.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL019000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare