Shattered Lives: Children Who Live with Courage and Dignity (Google eBook)

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, May 25, 2006 - Social Science - 176 pages
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*Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Prize 2006* Shattered Lives bears witness to the lives of children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and highlights the effects of early traumatic episodes. Chapters take the form of letters to a child capturing their life experiences, hugely impacted by sexual abuse, parental substance misuse and loss, leading to feelings of shame, rejection and worthlessness. Batmanghelidjh offers understanding for those baffled by these hard-to-reach children and warns against stigmatizing them for their problem behaviour. In her critique of existing structures, she exposes the plight of children who are overlooked by the authorities and denounces those who value bureaucracy over the welfare of the individual child. Society's failure to acknowledge the truth of their experiences and act to change the environment in which such mistreatment can flourish is, she strongly argues, leading to the death of childhood. The book is a clarion call for change.
  

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Contents

THANK YOU
8
Introduction
9
Chapter 1 The Witnessing
13
Chapter 2 Introduction to Therapeutic Thinking
25
Letter to Chardonnay
35
Letter to Daisy
59
Letter to Mr Mason
69
Letter to Rocky
83
Childrens Capacity to be Violent
91
Letter to Flower
111
Letter to Julie
119
Chapter 10 Letter to Deny Cry and Try
135
Conclusion
153
APPENDIX 1 THE BASIC WHOS WHO? OF THE THERAPY WORLD
159
A TOURISTS GUIDE
169
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Page 11 - The urban child warrior, like the religious terrorist, is a new brand of soldier. Their will to die comes from the same space. They have nothing to live for, they are exhausted with living, feelingless, numb and emotionally cold. The urban child soldier, the terrorist, the child who kills, they are all the same children of murdered childhoods.

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Camila Batmanghelidjh trained as a psychotherapist and for more than twenty years has worked with exceptionally disturbed children and young people in the two charities she has founded, The Place2Be and Kids Company. Focusing on the inner city, these have concentrated on giving vulnerable children greater resilience in the face of traumatic life experiences. Kids Company has been the subject of several documentaries, and in 2005 Camila was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

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