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The Child Survivor: Healing Developmental Trauma and Dissociation
The Child Survivor is a clinically rich, comprehensive overview of the treatment of children and adolescents who have developed dissociative symptoms in response to ongoing developmental trauma. Joyanna Silberg, a widely respected authority in the field, uses case examples to illustrate hard-to-manage clinical dilemmas such as children presenting with rage reactions, amnes ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Routledge
(first published April 1st 2012)
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This is one of the best books I’ve ever read on the subject of surviving childhood trauma. Here the focus is on the problem of dissociation among children and adolescents, which is often the result of child abuse or neglect. It is not a self-help book, but is aimed at therapists and students. Well-grounded in science and clinical experience, the author suggests a pathway for children with dissociative symptoms, mainly victims of child abuse, to live healthy, contented lives — ones not haunted by ...more
An outstanding book for clinicians working with children. Theoretically grounded but gives practical and flexible tools for a child-centered, paced treatment. There are also helpful sections on working with parents, caregivers, schools, and the courts. Vignettes are given throughout to illustrate movement in treatment.
A practical and comprehensive text for therapists working with children and adolescents presenting with dissociation. I appreciated that Silberg maintained a balance between realistic expectations for change (e.g., pace, working within systems) and hope for full recovery.