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Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents
How to Foster Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency

Margaret E. Blaustein and Kristine M. Kinniburgh

372 Pages
Size: 8" x 10½"
A Paperback Original
March 2010
ISBN 978-1-60623-625-3
Cat. #3625
Price: $47.00 $39.95
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March 2011
ISBN 978-1-60918-032-4
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“The book is a comprehensive, practical guide, taking the reader through an introduction of Developmental Trauma and the nine building blocks of the intervention....The toolbox for each chapter was illustrated with case examples and cultural and developmental considerations. The appendix includes over 45 handouts covering specific ideas and techniques for group activities, psycho-education, and worksheets for the young person and their care-givers. I found all of these resources really useful....The tips and ideas on developing therapy routines, and opening/closing activities with children would be helpful for all trainee clinical psychologists, as would many of the behavioural techniques....I would highly recommend [this book] to anyone interested in the field.”

Journal of Mental Health


“This is a comprehensive guide to effectively helping the innumerable children who have lost their way in the world as a result of terrifying experiences. Blaustein and Kinniburgh's highly practical methods for promoting self-regulation, safety, and competency make this book a landmark for understanding and treating traumatized children.”

—Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, Medical Director, The Trauma Center; Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine


“Written by gifted clinicians, this book presents one of the most helpful therapeutic approaches for complex childhood trauma. It describes the developmental consequences of trauma and provides specific techniques for resolving them. The book is filled with examples, exercises, handouts, worksheets, and therapeutic tools that allow the clinician to directly intervene in the child or adolescent's relational schemas, self-regulation difficulties, and subsequent dysfunctional behaviors. Highly recommended!”

—John Briere, PhD, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California


“This book moves beyond the developmentally limited diagnosis of PTSD to fully address the clinical complexity of traumatized children and families encountered in the real world. The authors, both experienced therapists, offer a detailed, theory-based treatment model supported by an array of pragmatic strategies and therapeutic suggestions. The depth and flexibility of this approach allow it to be translated to a wide range of settings in which traumatized children and their families are seen and served.”

—Frank W. Putnam, MD, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


“Provides a lucid theoretical synthesis and an eminently practical toolkit for psychotherapy with children and adolescents with PTSD and other traumatic stress disorders. The emphasis on attachment, self-regulation, and competency is unique. This is an invaluable resource for all therapists who work with children and adolescents, as well as therapists in training.”

—Julian D. Ford, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center
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