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Real Life Heroes Life Storybook : A Life Storybook for Children (Paperback) (Richard Kagan)
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The Real Life Heroes Life Storybook for Children has proven to be a highly regarded tool for engaging troubled children and caregivers to begin (and continue) work on reducing traumatic stress. The resiliency-centered format and structure of the Life Storybook coupled with the Real Life Heroes treatment and session structure outlined in the Practitioner’s Manual help practitioners to broaden each child and caregivers’ "therapeutic window" for skill development and desensitization. Use of the Life Storybook promotes safety and trust and provides a flexible structure for practitioners to address core components of evidence-supported treatment for children with complex trauma. This thoroughly updated edition uses a creative arts approach that encourages children to work with caring adults to develop autobiographies through a wide range of activities, including drawings, music, movies, and narrative. The results foster positive values and a sense of pride in children as they form a stronger bond with caring and committed adults and protection from adversity and stressors that exist in everyday life.
Real Life Heroes can be utilized as a comprehensive framework for trauma and attachment-centered therapy or as an easily adaptable resource within other comprehensive treatment programs for traumatic stress to facilitate engagement, affect modulation, attachment, desensitization, or life story work. Chapters of the Life Storybook can be selected to match specific components of complex trauma therapy targeted by treatment teams. The book is a therapeutic resource that helps children overcome the difficulties they may face, including divorce, separation, placement, learning problems, serious illness, and hospitalization. The workbook highlights and preserves for children the moments in their lives when “important” people—family, friends, and community—showed kindness, caring, understanding, and courage, giving the child a sense of value that can promote transformation of troubled children from victims into tomorrow's heroes. The life storybook is especially useful for work with children in foster and adoptive families and group care programs.
Real Life Heroes: A Life Storybook for Children is a rich resource for counselors, psychotherapists, teachers, parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, grandparents, and mentors who are working to help troubled children to overcome traumas and to rebuild hope and a positive identity.