Children and Adolescents in Trauma
176 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Jan 2010
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Children and Adolescents in Trauma

Creative Therapeutic Approaches

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Children and Adolescents in Trauma presents a variety of creative approaches to working with young people in residential children's homes, secure or psychiatric units, and special schools. The contributors describe a wide range of approaches, including art therapy and literature, and how creative methods are applied in cases of abuse, trauma, violence, self-harm and identity development. They discuss the impact of abuse and mistreatment upon the mental health of 'looked after' children, drawing links between psychoanalytic theory and practice and the study of literature and the arts. This indispensable book provides useful insights and a fresh perspective for anyone working with traumatised children and adolescents, including social workers, psychotherapists, arts therapists, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychologists and students in these fields.
'The strength of the creative approach advocated by the authors is highlighted repeatedly in the key introductory passages of each chapter. Here the authors really put their money where their mouth is and use imagery and literary-based analogy to illustrate theoretical concepts. As a reader I connected with these ideas more comp0rehensively than I have been able to before. From these paragraphs come the nuggets of information that I have retained several weeks after reading the book.'- Journal of Mental Health'The book consists of thirteen chapters written by eight different authors. For the benefit of the reader there is an introduction followed by five main parts - Trauma, Story, Self-harm, Art Therapy and Violence. Each topic is discussed in different chapters so that the reader can smoothly understand the subject... This book provides a new approach to understanding traumatized children and adolescent and highlights a variety of creative therapeutic approaches for this group in different residential settings - children's home, secure or psychiatric units and special schools... The book may be used as a training material as most of the standard textbook on child and adolescent psychiatry cannot afford to discuss this topic in such a detail and pragmatic way. We would like to recommend this book to all busy practitioners who are dealing with problems of children and adolescents... The intention of the Editor to promote innovative and creative practice in working with traumatized young people is mostly successful. This book can also serve the purpose of training manual for the staff engaged in this work. This book will be of immense help for practitioners of various mental health traditions - social worker, psychologists and students in these fields as well as parents, teachers and interested lay people. As the Editor hoped in the preface, we also expect that definitely the book will provide nourishment for all those who are working often without thanks and in very challenging circumstances, to provide therapeutic care and education for the troubled young people.'- Eastern Journal of Psychiatry, Kangkan Pathak. LGBRIMH, Tezpur, Assam'A worthwhile read for all counselling practitioners and a very useful overview for those starting out.'- Therapy Today'This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of children who are looked after and accommodated and who, because of traumatic childhood experiences, can present with difficult and often damaging behaviours. The book is divided into five sections: trauma, story, self harm, art therapy and violence. The contributors are practitioners whose experience is mainly in therapeutic communities, using creative approaches that are informed by psychodynamic theory. The reader is consistently encourage to step back and think about why young people behave in certain ways, to understand the impact of trauma and how, through containment, consistency and understanding, a different way of "being" can be achieved by these young people.'- Willey Online Library'This book offers us the language that we need in order to make the links between the causes of difficult behaviours and the creative remedies that art therapists are able to offer. The passages that offer current thought on trauma and its after-effects are helpful to me in my daily work as I attempt to convey a message to my colleagues about the behaviour of my clientele, the members of our school community who are having the greatest difficulty in integrating their difficult histories... All of us who are in contact with children and teens who have had such life-altering experiences need this background in order to formulate healing responses instead of inadvertently continuing to create additional rifts between the individual and their world.'- Patricia MacAulay, B.A., B.Ed., D.V.A.T.I. - Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal
Chris Nicholson PhD, is a Lecturer in The Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. Formerly Therapeutic Services Manager at Donyland Lodge, a therapeutic community in Colchester, he has worked in a range of children's services for over 10 years. Chris is a Trustee of the Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities and a Fellow of the International Institute of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He is a regular speaker at bi-annual conferences on the poet and author Robert Graves.aMichael Irwin MA,aBLit, isaEmeritus Professor of English at the University of Kent. Apart from his academic work, which has a particular emphasis on 18th and 19th century fiction, including books on Henry Fielding and Thomas Hardy, he has also published two novels and written, or translated, several opera libretti. Dr Kedar Nath Dwivedi MBBS, MD, DPM, FRCPsych, is a Visiting Professor at the London Metropolitan University and Director of the International Institute of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Formerly, he served as a Consultant Child Psychiatrist at Northampton General Hospital and has edited or co-edited several books including Meeting the Needs of Ethnic Minority Children Including Refugee, Black and Mixed Parentage Children; Promoting the Emotional Well Being of Children and Adolescents and Preventing Their Mental Ill Health; and Group Work with Children and Adolescents, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers .
Foreword, Peter Wilson, former Director of Young Minds. Preface, Chris Nicholson. Introduction, Kedar Nath Dwivedi, Michael Irwin and Chris Nicholson. Part 1: Trauma. 1. Approaching Trauma, Chris Nicholson 2. No More Ghosts: The Exorcism of Traumatic Memory in Children and Adolescents, Chris Nicholson 3. Making Sense of Marnie: Neurology, Film and Trauma, Diane Cook 4. Art Science and Innvoation in the Treatment of Early Trauma, Diane Cook. Part 2: Story. 5. Early Trauma and The Velveteen Rabbit: How Children Become Real: Long-Term Prognosis and Therapeutic Intervention, Christine Bradley 6. The Therapeutic Use of Stories, Kedar Nath Dwivedi, Part 3: Self-Harm. 7. The Rights of Passage: Initiation Rites and Self-Harm in Adolescents, Chris Nicholson, 8. Creating the Self through Self-Harm, Chris Nicholson Part 4: Art Therapy. 9. Melting Muddy Mixtures: An Exploration of the Art Psychotherapy Process with an Adolescent Boy in a Therapeutic Community Jacqueline Marshall-Tierney 10. Being Speechless: Art Therapy with Self-Harming Adolescents, Jane Saotome. Part 5: Violence. 11. From Reaction to Reflection: Childhood Violence, Roots and Resolution, Terry Bruce, 12. Dear Little Monsters: Attachment, Adolescence and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Chris Nicholson, Conclusion. 13. When the Crying Stops, Chris Nicholson, Michael Irwin, Kedar Nath Dwivedi. The Contributors. Subject Index, Author Index.
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