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Books on Helping Children through Crisis or Trauma

 A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes and Sasha J. Mudlaff

This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire.

 Child Trauma Handbook: A Guide for Helping Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents by Ricky Greenwald

This no-nonsense manual helps the reader understand how and why kids’ behaviors can be related to their history of trauma while teaching practical hands-on clinical skills and interventions.

 Children and Trauma: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Cynthia Monahon

This book teaches parents and professionals about the effects of childhood traumas on children and offers a blueprint for restoring a child's sense of safety and balance.

 Children Changed by Trauma by Debra Whiting Alexander

Shows parents and others what they can do to help children who have witnessed a traumatic event cope with emotions, learn to talk about what happened, and begin to feel safe again.

 Healing Days: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma by Susan Farber Straus

Healing Days is designed to be used in therapy for young children and functions as an excellent resource for those who have experienced physical or sexual abuse or other trauma. Readers will follow four children as they learn ways to cope with their own trauma.

 Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen

Written in a children's book format — with simply worded concepts, wonderfully colored pictures, this book talks losing someone (unnamed) and covers the stages of grief.

 The Hurt by Ted Doleski

When a friend calls Justin a name, he begins to harbor a hurt — "like a big round stone, all cold and hard." It grows as Justin keeps his feelings to himself and disappears only after he talks to his dad. Only then can he let go of the hurt.

 The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events by Barbara Brooks & Paula M. Siegel

Here are detailed instructions, based on professional techniques, to encourage kids of any age — from toddler to teenager — to reveal their feelings through words, drawings, and role playing with step-by-step advice for reassuring them and helping them let go of their fear.

 Trauma in the Lives of Children: Crisis and Stress Management Techniques for Counselors, Teachers, and Other Professionals by Kendall Johnson

This book is an invaluable source for educating professionals and families about helping children regain security in times of trauma. Using a solutions-based interdisciplinary approach, this illustrated book explains how children react to specific types of trauma and how to work with a traumatized child.

 Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents by Judith Cohen, Anthony Mannarino and Esther Deblinger

This book covers trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), a systematic, evidence-based treatment for traumatized children and their families.

 When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses by J. W. James & R. Friedman

There are guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong, healthy response to loss.The authors wrote this book to free children from the false idea of "not feeling bad" and to empower them with positive, effective methods of dealing with loss.

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