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Real Life Heroes Life Storybook is a highly regarded tool that engages children with traumatic stress. The resiliency-centered format and structure of the Real Life Heroes Life Storybook is coupled with Real Life Heroes treatment and session structure outlined in the Real Life Heroes Toolkit for Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Families. Together they work to help practitioners broaden each child and caregivers’ "therapeutic window" for skill development and desensitization. Real Life Heroes Life Storybook encourages safety and trust, and practitioners will find it addresses the core components of evidence-supported treatment for children with complex trauma. This thoroughly updated edition uses a creative arts approach that encourages children to work with caring adults to develop autobiographies through a wide range of activities, including drawings, music, movies, and narrative. The results foster positive values and a sense of pride in children as they form a stronger bond with caring and committed adults and protection from adversity and stressors that exist in everyday life. This workbook gives children a sense of value that can promote transformation of troubled children from victims into tomorrow's heroes.
Preface. Introduction for Parents and Caring Adults. Cover Sheet. The Pledge. 1. The Heroes Challenge 2. A Little About Me 3. Heroes 4. Power Plans 5. My Family 6. Important People 7. Mind Power 8. Changing the Story 9. Looking Back 10. Through the ‘Tough Times’ 11. Into the Future 12. My Story