Wounded Angels

Lessons of Courage from Children in Crisis, 2nd Edition

By Richard Kagan

© 2016 – Routledge

272 pages

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Paperback: 9780415518055
pub: 2016-08-15

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About the Book

Wounded Angels: Lessons of Courage 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 Practitioner’s Manual and Life Storybook for Children.

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 Principal Investigator and Co-Director for the HEROES Project, and Director of Psychological Services at Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York, a community services site for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). He has served as editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma and the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, and his publications include seven books for practitioners in child and family services.

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