Treating Chronically Traumatized Children

Don't let sleeping dogs lie!

By Arianne Struik

© 2014 – Routledge

206 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Professionals working with traumatized children are often asked whether it would be better to ‘let sleeping dogs lie’, because the child may not be ready to discuss their experiences, and out of fear that they may become further distressed or disturbed. In Treating Chronically Traumatized Children, Arianne Struik presents the case for waking those ‘sleeping dogs’ in a safe and structured environment, in order to allow the healing process to begin and prevent trauma later in life.

Struik has developed a method for those cases labelled most difficult to treat, involving deregulated, traumatized children who refuse to talk about their memories, or claim to have ‘forgotten’ them completely. It incorporates factors in the child’s environment and network to ensure that they are safe and secure before beginning the process, and stable throughout treatment. Downloadable worksheets enhance the book’s content and make each section straightforward to work through, supporting the child through the stabilization, processing and integration phases of treatment.

Illustrated throughout by case studies and comprehensive explanation of the theory and the treatment method, Treating Chronically Traumatized Children is clear and accessible and is ideal for psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and counsellors, as well as parents and anyone working with chronically traumatized children and adolescents.

Reviews

'Struik methodically takes the reader through her theory, practice and case experiences, acknowledging and cautioning when there is not a strong child- based evidence base and embedding practical tasks withing a sound theoretical framework'. - Michelle Roberts, Grief Matters

‘The Six Tests is a breakthrough and much needed contribution to alleviate the concerns of therapists about the safety of doing trauma processing with children, Struik has also embedded the Six Tests, in neuroscience and recent literature. It is well tested in practice and widely accepted by professionals on an international level. This book is a "must read" for all therapists brave enough to treat children with complex trauma and dissociation. Therapists can now approach trauma of children in a safe and much more scientific way.’ - Dr Renée Potgieter Marks, Consultant Therapist, UK

‘An excellent read, full of hope, with real life examples augmented by pictures. This book is aimed at therapists, but also contains a wealth of information and practical ideas for carers and parents who look after traumatised children.’ - Dr Harm Boer, Consultant Psychiatrist and parent of an adopted child with behavioural problems

‘Finally there is help for severely traumatized children unresponsive to all evidence-based treatment methods. Arianne Struik’s extraordinary, practical book has the answers. Written for professionals specializing in treating children, Treating Chronically Traumatized Children: Don’t let sleeping dogs lie! Provides a powerful step-by-step, phase-oriented, manualized approach to first help stabilize the child, enables the child to process their frightening trauma memories to enable them to fully and successfully integrate them toward not just surviving but thriving. The parents of these children can also benefit from reading this book to both support and understand how their children remained stuck and be transformed and return to being a normal child again.’ - Charles R. Figley, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA

'Instead of focusing on the so-called "meat" of therapy (the trauma processing), this text shows the reader what needs to be in place so that a child can tolerate and beenfit from the therapy itself. Struik endorses the imporatance of processing traumatic experiences and provides a strongly hopeful approach… Throughout the text, the author does an immaculate job of making sure the reader has a solid base of understanding that makes the entire book easy to digest… The utility of this text cannot be underestimated… [The] first highlight of this book is that it dares to devle into a difficult area of therapy. The second highlight is that not only does the author have a solid appraoch to this population, but the text outlines this approach in such an organized way that it can be broadly adapted and applied by therapists. This book will be a welcome addition to the selves of any child and adolescent therapist who engages in trauma processing… Chock-full of detailed language texplaining what to say to kids and how, the book is full of clinical guidance and wisdom… While the book appears to be written for beginning therapists, it is a great read for experienced clinicians as well, who will appreciate the author's practical integration of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, solution oriented and narrative appraoches to psychotherapy. This is a book by a real therapist working with real kids. The thoughtfulness applied to not only the methods but also the way in which the author's message is delivered is a strength that will be appreciated by all who learn these tests and dare to challenge "sleeping dogs"'.

Table of Contents

Traumatization in Children. Phased Treatment and the Sleeping Dogs Method. Motivation and Psychoeducation. Safety – Test 1. Daily Life – Test 2. Attachment – Test 3. Emotion Regulation – Test 4. Cognitive Shift – Test 5. The Nutshell – Test 6. Practical Application of the Six Tests. Appendices.

About the Author

Arianne Struik is a psychologist and programme director at Herlaarhof, a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital in the Netherlands. She is a member of the Child and Adolescent Committee for the European Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and EMDR Special Interest Group Dissociation, and teaches internationally on trauma and dissociation.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY006000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSY022040
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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