- Series: Routledge Psychosocial Stress (Book 39)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415877490
- ISBN-13: 978-0415877497
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,040,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dissociation in Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Theory and Clinical Interventions (Routledge Psychosocial Stress) 1st Edition
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"This book is a gift to clinicians. The chapters speak to the variability of dissociation in children and adolescents and also to the learning curve that clinicians experience in identifying and treating dissociation. A much-needed and welcome resource!" - Christine A. Courtois, author of Healing the Incest Wound and coeditor of Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders
"Dissociation in Traumatized Children and Adolescents belongs on the bookshelf of every clinician who treats or who anticipates treating dissociative children and adolescents and should be read by every researcher studying trauma, dissociation, and dissociative disorders in the young." -From the foreword by Richard P. Kluft, coeditor of Clinical Perspectives on Multiple Personality Disorder and Temple University School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, USA
"In this engaging volume, Dr. Wieland brings together the world's leading experts in the provision of psychotherapy to dissociative children and adolescents. Clinicians faced with the challenges, mysteries, and opportunities presented by treating dissociative children will learn new ways of thinking about their work, practical solutions and techniques, and creative approaches to healing. They will also know that they, like their clients, are not alone, and that there are others out there like them. A must read for anyone working with child survivors of ongoing, interpersonal trauma." -Bradley C. Stolbach, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, USA, and author of The Children's Dissociative Experiences Scale and Posttraumatic Symptom Inventory
"By interlacing client narrative with therapist case conceptualization, Dr. Wieland’s book provides practical guidance from the premiere experts in the field. Dissociation in Traumatized Children and Adolescents sets the standard for best practices for therapists working with traumatized and dissociative children. This book is a must have for the library of mental health professionals who work with children." -Robbie Adler-Tapia, co-author of EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy With Children
About the Author
Sandra Wieland, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice for children, adolescents, and adults at the Centre for Counselling & Therapy in Victoria, British Columbia. She is also a consultant psychologist at the Vancouver Island Men’s Trauma Centre, the Women against Violence Program and Sexual Abuse Intervention Program (Children) at the Pacific Centre Family Service, the Women’s Transition House, and EMDR child therapists. She taught at Tillicum Haus First Nations Training Centre, 1999-2008, and from 1987 to 1997 she was a clinical assistant professor of psychology at the University of Ottowa. She is a current director of the International Society for the Study of Trauma/Dissociation.
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Reality is, children are affected by trauma, and affected deeply. Even more than adults might, given that they do not have the life experiences with which to temper overwhelm, and are often too small and too helpless to be able to fight back, or remove themselves from the situation, and all too often are dependent on the very people who maltreat them (97% of child maltreatment is by persons known to the child and upward of 70% is by a child's parent).
With no one to go to, and no way to remove themselves, children do whatever they can, which often includes mentally 'taking themselves out of the picture' by dissociating, by numbing physical and emotional pain, by 'looking from the side', by 'having this happen to someone else, another little boy or girl, not me'. It is a good way to get through trauma at the time--sometimes the only way a child has at their disposal--but it comes at a price: The price of being able to stay connected to their own body, to move on and not have their reality 'boobytrapped' with triggers of the trauma that launch them right back into re-experiencing it, by detaching them from good and pleasant expriences as well as the ucky ones, by not letting them adapt to a changing reality, by preventing them from attaching to caregivers who are not abusive, by limiting their avility to let in new information, to communicate their experiences, to make friends, to fully be themselves.
The price of surviving trauma is often astronomical for children. However, with correct diagnosis and careful, compassionate, trauma-informed treatment; they CAN heal, reconnect, love, live.
"Dissociation in traumatized children and adolescent" offers a window into how this healing can take place. It describes not only how dissociation happens, what it looks like, what it does and what it 'costs' to the child (and their caregivers) later on; but also how it can be mended and how true resiliency can be found. Not through ignoring or minimizing but through attending, understanding, reconnecting, processing, and moving on.
Each chapter in the book addresses a different child, of a different age, with a different therapist, sometimes from a different country, with very differnt backgrounds and trauma histories, and with different approaches. And yet, they all move toward the same goal: to reconnect fragmented experiences into an integrated experience, so they child is no longer trapped in the wreckage of their trauma and can truly be free of it.
If you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall of a therapy room (or a school room--where traumatized children spend most of everyday); this is your chance. Do not miss it, for you will learn not only about the treatment of traumatized children, but about the inner workings of children's minds and the amazing courage and spirit they possess that can allow them to overcome their pain.
If you are a psychotherapist--you need to read this: it will give you an understanding not only of child clients, but of the adult clients who come to see you (and who were all children once).
If you are an educator--you need to read this: it will give you a perspective of the 'problem children' in your classroom; AND how to help them better.
If you are a medical professional working with children--you need to read this: it will help you understand those children with so-called 'psychogenic problems'; why they may be having unexplained pains, and what may be done to help resolve them.
If you are a foster parent or adoptive parent or anyone in a foster/adoption agency, if you work in child-services as a social worker, lawyer, forensic investigator, law enforcement--you need to read it. Period.
You will understand the children you see better. You will be able to help them better. You will know who to refer them to better.