Trauma Through a Child's Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing; Infancy Through Adolescence

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North Atlantic Books, 2006 - Psychology - 509 pages
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Peter Levine's work in trauma is grounded in medical biophysics, psychophysiology, and psychology, as well as his own innovative research into the instinctual behavior of wild animals. Over the past 35 years, he has developed and refined a method called Somatic Experiencing (SE), which provides the foundation for this guide to dealing with trauma in children. At the core of this book is the understanding that trauma begets violence, and violence begets trauma. The effects of trauma can result not only from catastrophic events such as abuse and violence but from everyday, common incidents such as minor auto accidents, routine medical procedures, family stresses, even something as seemingly innocent as falling off a bicycle. Trauma Through a Child's Eyes offers a hopeful alternative to children acting “in” (on themselves) or “out” (on others) in response to pain and injury. Most children possess an innate natural resiliency, and Levine explains how adults can help them tap into and strengthen that resiliency to resolve the effects of trauma and cope successfully with future harmful situations.
 

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Contents

What Is Trauma? A Working Definition
3
Traumas ScopeSources Ranging from
17
Signs and Symptoms of Trauma in Children
39
GENERAL GUIDE FOR PREVENTING CHILDHOOD
81
Sensations Images and Feelings Using Animal
133
WORKBOOK FOR COMMONLY OCCURRING
157
Prevention Tools for Parents and Health
183
Divorce Death and Separation
203
Removing the Barriers to Learning and Self
323
Responding to Natural and ManMade
413
Transforming Medical Care for
441
Summary
456
Worksheet For Listing Symptoms
463
Bibliography
483
Index
495
About the Authors
507

Preventing and Healing the Sacred Wound
239
TOWARDS A HUMANISTIC VIEW OF TRAUMA
271

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Peter Levine, Ph.D. is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing and the Director of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. During his thirty year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific, medical, and popular publications. His book, Waking the Tiger- Healing Trauma is in its fifth printing and receiving wide international attention. Peter was a consultant for NASA during the development of the Space Shuttle, and has taught at hospitals and pain clinics in both Europe and the U.S., as well as at the Hopi Guidance Center in Arizona. He lives near Lyons, Colorado, on the banks of the St. Vrain River.

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