Wounded Angels

Lessons of Courage from Children in Crisis, 2nd Edition

By Richard Kagan

© 2017 – Routledge

272 pages

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Paperback: 9780415518055
pub: 2016-09-15

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About the Book

Wounded Angels: Inspiration From Children in Crisis uses vignettes of children in crisis placements to portray how troubling behaviors can be utilized as clues to what can help children and their families heal after traumatic stress. This is a book about listening and learning to the messages children send and then using what children show us as pathways that can guide caregivers and practitioners to often hidden conflicts and opportunities for developing emotionally supportive relationships. Vignettes illustrate how caregivers and practitioners can follow threads of caring to identify resources in a child’s life including who a child looks to for help, who helped the child in the past when they were hurt or sick, and who cares enough to guide and protect the child into the future.

Practitioners can use Wounded Angels to engage caregivers and new practitioners and promote a common trauma-informed and resiliency perspective to understand how children’s’ troubling behaviors developed and what children can teach us about healing. This revised edition directly links its use as a resource for practitioners to give to caregivers as part of psycho education materials for use with the Real Life Heroes: Toolkit for Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Families, Second Edition and Real Life Heroes: A Life Story Book for Children, Third Edition.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Angels in my Life. Part I: The Angel Inside. Mandy. Pathways to Angels. Alex. Nicole. Jake. Donald. Janine. Vanessa. Jon. Part II: Children Transcending Trauma. Rodney. Todd. Brenda. Randy. Part III: Healing Our Children, Healing Ourselves. Mollie. Nurturing the Angels in our Lives. Appendix: Resources for Caring Adults.

About the Author

Richard Kagan, PhD, is the author and co-author of ten books on treatment and services for children and families with traumatic stress and has published over thirty articles, chapters, and papers on practice and research issues in trauma therapy, child welfare, foster care, adoption, professional development, program evaluation, and quality improvement in family service and behavioral health care programs.

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