Children and Adolescents in Trauma
Creative Therapeutic Approaches
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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. Michael Irwin MA, BLit, is Emeritus 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 .
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.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
; January 2010
256 pages; ISBN 9780857003560Read online
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Title: Children and Adolescents in Trauma
Author: Diane Cook; Terry Bruce; Christine Bradley; Kedar Nath Dwivedi; Paul Caviston; Joanne Nicholson; Chris Nicholson; Jacqueline Marshal-Tierney; Michael Irwin; Peter Wilson; Jane Saotome
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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.