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  • Caleb's Healing Story: An interactive story with activities to help children to overcome challenges arising from trauma, attachment issues, adoption or fostering

    Caleb's Healing Story: An interactive story with activities to help children to overcome challenges arising from trauma, attachment issues, adoption or fostering

    by K Chara & T Lehner

    Caleb invites you on a journey to learn about attachment and trauma in this interactive story and workbook intended for children and the adults who support them. Caleb shares his own story about healing from his difficult early experiences, and encourages readers to join him in sharing their stories and completing the healing activities included in the book. Caleb's Healing Story identifies the common challenges that children who have experienced attachment or trauma issues will encounter and offers easy to use interventions in the form of activities and worksheets. Fully illustrated,...

  • Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis

    Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis

    by Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks

    "Every child's way of being can open doors to wisdom, compassion, and human connection. We need only to listen." This is among the conclusions that the authors, one of whom is an experienced foster parent and the other a professor of developmental psychology, draw as a result of working with a diverse range of children and families. Inspired by their relationships with families in crisis, the authors began to rethink the traditional foster care models and developed an innovative practice that afforded birth parents the opportunity to reside, under...

  • Creative Therapies for Complex Trauma: Helping Children and Families in Foster Care, Kinship Care or Adoption

    Creative Therapies for Complex Trauma: Helping Children and Families in Foster Care, Kinship Care or Adoption

    by Joy Hendry and Anthea Hendry

    A burgeoning evidence base supports that arts, play and other creative therapies have potential to help children in foster care, kinship care or adoptive families to recover from complex trauma. Written by contributors working at the cutting edge of delivering effective therapeutic interventions, this innovative book describes models for working with children in foster care, kinship care or adoption. Covering how to assess needs and contextual considerations for working with children and families, this book presents a range of creative therapeutic approaches spanning art psychotherapy, music therapy and dance therapy. It...

  • Developing Secure Attachment Through Play

    Developing Secure Attachment Through Play

    by Jean E Moore

    Developing Secure Attachment Through Play offers a range of imaginative and engaging play-based activities, designed to help vulnerable young children forge safe attachments with their caregivers. The book focuses on key developmental stages that may have been missed due to challenging life circumstances, such as social-emotional development, object permanence and physical and sensory development. It also considers pertinent issues including trauma, separation, loss and transition. Chapters explore each topic from a theoretical perspective, before offering case studies that illustrate the theory in practice, and a range of activities to demonstrate the effectiveness...

  • How to Have Incredible Conversations with your Child: A book for parents, carers and children to use together. A place to make conversation. A way to build your relationship

    How to Have Incredible Conversations with your Child: A book for parents, carers and children to use together. A place to make conversation. A way to build your relationship

    by Jane Gilmour, Bettina Hohnen

    You: "How was your day?" Your child: "Fine." As a parent, you want to know what is going on in your child's life, how school and friendships are going, if they're feeling okay. As a kid you want to tell your parent what's going on, but it can be hard to find the words. This book is brilliant because it makes finding those words easy, and you discover incredible stuff about each other. How exactly do you make it happen? This accessible guide answers the million-dollar question by steering...

  • Life Story Books for Adopted Children: A Family Friendly Approach

    Life Story Books for Adopted Children: A Family Friendly Approach

    by Joy Rees

    Through words, pictures, photographs, certificates and other 'little treasures', a Life Storybook provides a detailed account of the child's early history and a chronology of their life.  This clear and concise book shows a new family-friendly way to compile a Life Storybook that promotes a sense of permanency for the child, and encourages attachments within the adoptive family. Joy Rees' improved model works chronologically backwards rather than forwards, aiming to reinforce the child's sense of belonging and security within the adoptive family before addressing the child's past and early trauma. The...

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