Illuminates the most promising treatments available for dissociative children.
Written by one of the nation’s leading practitioners in the field of childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation, this comprehensive resource fills a void in the literature to provide in-depth knowledge of current interventions for treating dissociation in youth. It describes a detailed, careful assessment process and creative, evidence-supported techniques for helping children and their families to heal from chaotic, traumatizing experiences. With both a theoretical and practical focus, the book offers proven strategies for successfully treating children and adolescents with varying degrees of dissociation and co-morbid symptoms. It also integrates adjunct therapies in environments beyond those of traditional psychotherapy, such as school, and describes how their strategies can be used effectively to augment therapy and understand dissociative children.
Based on a model integrating five prominent therapeutic modalities, and underscoring the importance of attachment style, the book focuses on the neurobiology of trauma, a high co-morbidity of symptoms, specialized clinical interventions, psychopharmacology, and family intervention techniques. Also addressed are adjunct therapies in art, and EMDR. In addition, the book provides a window into the effects of traumatic events such as medical illness that may be overlooked, and safe techniques with dissociative youth who are exhibiting dangerous behaviors. Rich clinical examples demonstrate the various phases of treatment and offer a window into the internal world of dissociative children. This resource provides mental health clinicians, and other health professionals with a wealth of tools to effectively treat this troubled client population.
- Describes theoretical conceptualization and specialized integrative techniques to treat dissociative children effectively
- Integrates psychotherapy with EMDR, art therapy, neurobiology and psychopharmacology
- Distills current research on neurobiology of trauma and how to intervene with specially designed treatment strategies
- Provides in-depth knowledge of the latest creative interventions for treatment across degrees and ages of dissociation, and co-morbid symptoms
About the Author
- Sensitizes the therapist to often overlooked traumatic events, e.g. medical illness, that can exacerbate symptoms.
Frances S. Waters, LMSW, DCSW, LMFT, a clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Marquette, MI, is an internationally recognized educator, trainer, consultant, and clinician in the area of childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation. She is past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD), currently Faculty Director of the Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Institute, and co-chair of the ISSTD’s Child and Adolescent Committee.
Ms. Waters has authored numerous articles and chapters, serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma,
and advisory board of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence.
She is executive producer and participant of several training videos on childhood trauma, abuse and dissociation targeted for mental health professionals, caretakers, teachers, child protective service workers, forensic evaluators, and prosecutors.
Dr. Waters received the 2008 Media Award from American Professional Society on Abuse of Children for her production of “Trauma and Dissociation in Children”
geared toward forensic evaluators and prosecutors.