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.


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