Healing Traumatized Children
Navigating Recovery for Children with Turbulent Pasts
by Faye L. Hall, Jeff L. Merkert and
John A. Biever, MD, DFAPA
Because millions of children experience early trauma and attachment disruptions, whether through death, physical or sexual abuse, domestic, community or school violence, terrorism or other tragic losses, parents and professionals need not just vague theories, but a proactive plan for healing relationship-avoidant children.
Healing Traumatized Children authors Hall, Merkert and Biever have successfully merged mental health, trauma and attachment, parenting and in-home treatment strategies into a single, comprehensive resource for parents and professionals. Hall and Merkert emphasize the importance of an in-home plan (where the healing must begin), outline how to effectively assemble a support network, provide the keys to the establishment of a therapeutic home environment, discuss psycho-education that identifies the six distinct Trauma Disrupted Competencies and provide multiple types of healing interventions.
The authors reveal that without effective in-home intervention, many of these children will become involved in juvenile and adult justice systems and continue the intergenerational transmission of maladaptive relationships, abuse and neglect. It is important to remember that many of these children will eventually become tomorrow’s parents.
"Hall, Merkert, and Biever explain a complex topic with enough depth and precision to
clear the muddied waters. While this book could be particularly helpful for adoptive and
foster parents of traumatized children, anyone involved with such children - therapists,
teachers, extended family, friends - may gain insight from this resource."
— ForeWord Reviews
"...highly recommended and a critically important addition to community and academic
— Mary Cowper, Midwest Book Review
Faye L. Hall is the program director and Jeff L. Merkert is the codirector of Healing Hearts Family Based Mental Health in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Hall lives in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, and Merkert lives in Dover, Pennsylvania.
John A. Biever, MD, DFAPA, a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, received his MD from Penn State University College of Medicine, Pennsylvania. He is a general and child/adolescent psychiatrist in private practice at the Quittie Glen Center for Mental Health in Annville, Pennsylvania, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Biever is also a consultant in child psychiatry to the Pennsylvania State Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He is the co-author of The Wandering Mind: Understanding Dissociation from Daydreams to Disorders and resides in Annville, Pennsylvania.
Nonfiction, 5.5 x 8.5, 240 pages
Family and Relationships/Abuse
LC# 2014950534, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-495-6 (pb), $15.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-496-3 (eBook), $15.95