The Scared Child: Helping Kids
Overcome Traumatic Events
Barbara A. Brooks, Ph.D., Paula M. Siegel
Although critical incident debriefing
is currently used by mental health professionals, Dr. Brooks
is the first to adapt this technique to help children overcome
a traumatic experience. This accessible guide begins by
introducing the concept of trauma and its effects on people.
Explores diverse causes of trauma and how to recognize
psychological, emotional, and physical trauma in children of
different ages. The second section consists of a four-step
debriefing process parents can use to help children cope with
a traumatic event. Examples of how the procedure works are
presented in separate chapters on death, abuse, natural
disasters, divorce, illness and injury, and trauma by proxy.
The final segment contains resources parents may need in
helping a child through a trauma.