Real Life Heroes

Toolkit for Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Families, 2nd Edition

By Richard Kagan

© 2017 – Routledge

296 pages

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Paperback: 9780415518079
pub: 2016-09-05
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Hardback: 9781138963474
pub: 2016-09-05
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About the Book

Real Life Heroes: Toolkit for Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Families, Second Edition is an organized and easy-to-use reference for practitioners providing therapy to children with traumatic stress. This step-by-step guide is an accompanying text to the workbook Real Life Heroes: A Life Story Book for Children, Third Edition and provides professionals with structured tools for helping children to reintegrate painful memories and to foster healing from traumatic experiences. The book is a go-to resource for practitioners in child and family service agencies and treatment centers to implement trauma-informed, resiliency-centered and evidence-supported services for children with traumatic stress.

Table of Contents

Introduction Preface: Foundations for Complex Trauma Treatment Part I: RLH Life Storybook 1. The Pledge: Engaging Children and Caregivers with Resiliency-focused Assessments, Service Planning, and Trauma-Informed Systems of Care 2. The Heroes Challenge: Trauma and Resilience and Psycho-Education and Initial Safety Plans 3. A Little About Me: Recognizing and Expressing Feelings 4. Heroes: Restoring Hope, Inspiring Change 5. Power Plans: Resilence-Centered Safety Plans for Children and Caregivers 6. My Family: Remembering People Who Cared 7. Important People: Promoting Emotionally Supportive Relationships 8. Mind Power: Making Things Better with Mindfulness and Self-Regulation 9. Changing the Story: Changing Beliefs and Action Cycles to Achieve Goals 10. Timelines and Movies: Making Sense of the Past 11. Through the Tough Times: Trauma Experiences Integration 12. Into the Future: Identifying Goals and Important Relationships 13. ‘My Story’: Creating an Integrated Life Story with a Past, Present, and Future Part II: Adaptations 14. Adaptation for Adolescents 15. Adaptation for Pre-School Children and Children with Disabilities 16. Adaptations for Youths and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 17. Adaptations for Families with Foster Care, Kinship, or Adopted Children 18. Integrated Trauma-Informed Services Part III: Resources 19. Creative Arts Supplies and Books: Start-up Kit 20. Resources for Caregivers and Therapists Part IV: Strategies for Overcoming Challenges 21. Strategies for Overcoming Challenges Part V: Toolkit Section A: Model Summaries 22. Resiliency-Focused Treatment for Children and Families with Traumatic Stress Caregivers Introduction to Traumatic Stress and Real Life Heroes Section B: Assessment, Intervention, and Service Plans 23. Trauma and Resiliency-Focused Assessment and Service Planning Referral Information & Ecogram Intervention & Service Plans Assessments & Information Needed Service Planning: Pathways to Resilience Treatment Priorities Next Steps: Strategy and Activity Guide (for Sessions and ‘Homework’) Service Plan Review Attachment-Focused Screening Survey Important People Questionnaire Circles of Caring My Thermometers Stronger and Stronger Progress Chart Section C: Treatment Tools Practitioner ‘Cheat Sheet’ and Fidelity Tool Progress Note (Fidelity Session Checklist) Bookmarks Trauma Symptoms and Brain DevelopmentSection D: Centering Activities 24. Breathing, Yoga, Movement, ‘Improv,’ and Storytelling to Promote Self and Co-regulation 25. Heroes Cape Activity Caregiver Power Plan (Self-Understanding and Empowerment) Resource Checklist 26. Through the Tough Times: Additional Story Pages Acknowledgements Glossary References

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Adoption & Fostering