Treating Chronically Traumatized Children: Don't Let Sleeping Dogs Lie!

Author(s): Arianne Struik


Professionals working with traumatized children are often asked whether it would be better to 'let sleeping dogs lie', because the child may not be ready to discuss their experiences, and out of fear that they may become further distressed or disturbed. In Treating Chronically Traumatized Children, Arianne Struik presents the case for waking those 'sleeping dogs' in a safe and structured environment, in order to allow the healing process to begin and prevent trauma later in life. Struik has developed a method for those cases labelled most difficult to treat, involving deregulated, traumatized children who refuse to talk about their memories, or claim to have 'forgotten' them completely. It incorporates factors in the child's environment and network to ensure that they are safe and secure before beginning the process, and stable throughout treatment. Downloadable worksheets enhance the book's content and make each section straightforward to work through, supporting the child through the stabilization, processing and integration phases of treatment.
Illustrated throughout by case studies and comprehensive explanation of the theory and the treatment method, Treating Chronically Traumatized Children is clear and accessible and is ideal for psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and counsellors, as well as parents and anyone working with chronically traumatized children and adolescents.


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'Struik methodically takes the reader through her theory, practice and case experiences, acknowledging and cautioning when there is not a strong child- based evidence base and embedding practical tasks withing a sound theoretical framework'. - Michelle Roberts, Grief Matters 'The Six Tests is a breakthrough and much needed contribution to alleviate the concerns of therapists about the safety of doing trauma processing with children, Struik has also embedded the Six Tests, in neuroscience and recent literature. It is well tested in practice and widely accepted by professionals on an international level. This book is a "must read" for all therapists brave enough to treat children with complex trauma and dissociation. Therapists can now approach trauma of children in a safe and much more scientific way.' - Dr Renee Potgieter Marks, Consultant Therapist, UK 'An excellent read, full of hope, with real life examples augmented by pictures. This book is aimed at therapists, but also contains a wealth of information and practical ideas for carers and parents who look after traumatised children.' - Dr Harm Boer, Consultant Psychiatrist and parent of an adopted child with behavioural problems 'Finally there is help for severely traumatized children unresponsive to all evidence-based treatment methods. Arianne Struik's extraordinary, practical book has the answers. Written for professionals specializing in treating children, Treating Chronically Traumatized Children: Don't let sleeping dogs lie! Provides a powerful step-by-step, phase-oriented, manualized approach to first help stabilize the child, enables the child to process their frightening trauma memories to enable them to fully and successfully integrate them toward not just surviving but thriving. The parents of these children can also benefit from reading this book to both support and understand how their children remained stuck and be transformed and return to being a normal child again.' - Charles R. Figley, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA

Arianne Struik is a psychologist and programme director at Herlaarhof, a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital in the Netherlands. She is a member of the Child and Adolescent Committee for the European Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and EMDR Special Interest Group Dissociation, and teaches internationally on trauma and dissociation.

Traumatization in Children. Phased Treatment and the Sleeping Dogs Method. Motivation and Psychoeducation. Safety - Test 1. Daily Life - Test 2. Attachment - Test 3. Emotion Regulation - Test 4. Cognitive Shift - Test 5. The Nutshell - Test 6. Practical Application of the Six Tests. Appendices.

General Fields

  • : 9780415717229
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Routledge
  • : April 2014
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 618.928914
  • : 224
  • : 25 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white tables, 25 black & white line drawings
  • : Arianne Struik