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, amnesia, and dissociative shut-down. These behaviors are often survival strategies, and in The Child Survivor practitioners will find practical management tools that are backed up by recent scientific advances in neurobiology. Clinicians on the front lines of treatment will come away from the book with an arsenal of therapeutic techniques that they can put into practice right away, limiting the need for restrictive hospitalizations or out-of-home placements for their young clients.
Trauma and Its Effects. An Integrative Developmental Model of Dissociation. Diagnostic Considerations. Assessing Dissociative Processes. Beginning the Treatment Journey. Educate and Motivate: Introducing The EDUCATE Model. Bridging the Selves: Healing Through Connections to What's Hidden. "I Try to Forget to Remember": Reversing Amnesia. Befriending the Body: Somatic Considerations for the Child Survivor. Staying Awake: Reversing Dissociative Shut Down. Building Attachment Across States: Affect Regulation in the Context of Relationships. Child-Centered Family Therapy: Family Treatment as Adjunct to Dissociation-Focused Interventions. Rewriting the Script: Processing Traumatic Memories and Resolving Flashbacks. Interfacing With Systems: The Therapist as Activist. Integration of Self: Towards a Healing Future. References. Appendices.