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  • Series: New Horizons in Therapy
  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press; 2 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615991069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615991068
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gannon University in 1981, and his Master of Science Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann College in 1986. He is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

His career has given him experience in counseling children, adolescents, adults, couples, GBLT, and families. Bill has worked in the areas of child protection, mental retardation, addiction treatment, and youth ministry. He currently works in private practice in association with Blair Family Solutions. He specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with stress disorders that are a result of childhood abuse, as well as couple and family issues.

Bill has several published articles and a book on youth ministry. His latest book is titled: 'Gentling: a Practical Guide to Treating PTSD in Abused Children'. He is an experienced speaker and teacher in his areas of expertise.

Bill uses magic to entertain and as therapy for children, enjoys recumbent cycling, and paints with watercolors. He lives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife Anne, and sons Andy and Tyler.

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I had purchased the e-book and found it a very informative book.
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Very helpful for anyone dealing with children who have suffered through neglect and/or abuse at very young ages and who are unable to verbalize their trauma.
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I always had a book about animals and would be pretend reading it until he would come over sit beside and start to read it silently.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Behe on April 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
`Gentling' is clearly offered in a spirit of innovation and from a perspective of front-line work with children who have been abused. Krill does not claim or make efforts to portray his approach as an empirically tested therapy; he simply has innovated an approach to hurting children that has worked in his experience and others he has taught it to.

In the world of therapy, research informs practice, but practice also informs research. In reality, there would be no research of methods if the method was not innovated first. Every approach to treatment started first as an idea, then as tentative practice in the hands of a caring therapist, and then, if enough people pay attention, a tested, validated, and reliable approach to treatment. Indeed, many treatments for PTSD have detractors as well as debate about their validity or what parts of the approach are actually effecting relief of symptoms. Purists will not like this book, but purists often only condone their pet method. This author clearly comes from an eclectic background that includes pastoral as well as clinical perspectives.

Krill's approach, at it's base, is a cognitive-behavioral approach, but with a twist: Gentling insists that children that are victims of interpersonal abuse are in need of a child-specific and gentle approach to treatment. While the treatment strategies out there for adults are effective for adults, this may not translate to children. There is a difference between treating a battle hardened soldier who has experienced the trauma of war, and a six year old child who has been repeatedly raped. The difference of Gentling from other approaches is not so much substantive as qualitative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tyler R. Tichelaar on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
A review from Blog Critics Magazine, first published online February 22, 2012

Let me begin this review by stating that I am no expert in child psychology or PTSD, but I have read a lot of books about PTSD and am always fascinated with how the mind works and how people overcome trauma and heal their lives. I had not read anything about children with PTSD before, but I assumed it would be fascinating and insightful, and this book did not disappoint in that respect.

I did not read the first edition of "Gentling," but this second edition states that the book has been revised and expanded and contains three new chapters on adolescents (teens). I thought this addition very practical and helpful because, as the book makes clear, treating children obviously requires different approaches based upon their ages, and the differences that are described are important to know.

All of the advice and steps provided in this book were very practical and simple to follow, even if the situations where they would be applied would be far from simple, depending on the individual child. One key point I gathered from this book is that every child is different in the abuse he or she has received and the way a child may express his or her PTSD syndromes. For that reason specifically, it is important to be gentle with a child. That's where the "gentling" approach to helping a child cope with and heal from PTSD comes in.

I hesitate to give a definition of "gentling," but it is basically about being both kind yet at times firm with a child, allowing a child to express him- or herself on a comfortable level, and finding ways to help the child express what needs to be said.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teri Shugart on April 3, 2013
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As a foster mom, I found the real life suggestions of how to care for a child with PTSD invaluable. To think about PTSD symtoms as events rather than a tantrum made our lives, and our foster daughter's life, so much easier.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Potts on September 6, 2009
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Gentling is a book that teaches an effective approach that must be spread to the professionals and families who work and live with the special children who struggle with stress disorders. As an adoptive Mother to a son who suffers from PTSD, I can attest to the value of this guide. Bill, a professional who understands our son and his difficult behaviors has configured a treatment plan through years of successful experience working with children in this field. Finally, tools we need to hand to our son's therapist, school counselor and teacher are all summed up in one place, this remarkable book!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lauri Crumley Coates VINE VOICE on December 28, 2009
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Gentling will acquaint the reader with a breakthough treatment approach for children who have survived physical, emotional and sexual abuse. It is common knowledge that most children who have survived abuse will also have acquired Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While PTSD adds an additional layer to the need for therapeutic work, it needn't make therapy an even more difficult or painful process for the child. PTSD takes many forms, and some of the symptoms seen in children may differ widely from adult PTSD symptoms.

The Author of Gentling, William E. Krill, offers a groundbreaking and thorough look at the symptoms of PTSD in children, along with specific treatment modalities dependent on the individual child's symptomology. Written in an easy to use, understand and utilize format, Gentling will allow caring individuals, from parent, foster parent, caregiver, teacher, and clinician or psychologist to offer each individual child the personalized and caring treatment needed for his or her specific abusive history. Additionally, the book offers extremely valuable measurements to gauge the sucess of treatment and lead the way for further recovery.

By adopting tried and true therapeutic approaches used on adults with PTSD; then modifying the approaches for children, Krill offers excellent advise for treatment on a continued basis, helping to ensure that children are given all the care they need for all the symptoms and results of the abuse.

Ad additional resource offered by the book is the inclusion of "Quick Teach Sheets" which can be copied and shared with parents, social workers, and all caregivers who come into contact with the child.
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