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Helping Bereaved Children, Third Edition: A Handbook for Practitioners Nancy Boyd Webb

Helping Bereaved Children, Third Edition: A Handbook for Practitioners

Nancy Boyd Webb

Published April 9th 2010
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Kindle Edition
408 pages
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 About the Book 

From the editor of the widely acclaimed Play Therapy with Children in Crisis, this new volume explores a related and still neglected area - childhood bereavement. Drawing on the clinical experiences of mental health professionals who work withMoreFrom the editor of the widely acclaimed Play Therapy with Children in Crisis, this new volume explores a related and still neglected area - childhood bereavement. Drawing on the clinical experiences of mental health professionals who work with bereaved children, this handbook presents not only the theoretical principles that guide interventions, but also detailed descriptions of the helping process. The book brings to life a variety of counseling techniques and therapeutic interventions for helping children who have suffered a loss. Full-length clinical examples illustrate an array of treatment strategies for working with children at various developmental stages and with different kinds of bereavement. Solidly grounded in developmental psychology, the book presents a range of intervention approaches from counseling to therapy. A unique, two-column format provides the reader with not only the content of the sessions, but also the practitioners accompanying thoughts and rationale for intervention. Part I presents a theoretical framework that offers insight into the childs view of death, and guidance for assessment and treatment. A number of reproducible forms are provided for recording significant information about the childs background, the situation surrounding the death, and the childs potential support systems - family, community, and religious. Part II Focuses on childrens reactions to the death of family members. A wide range of situations are examined, From the anticipated, timely death of a grandparent to the traumatic murder-suicide of both parents. A variety of treatment modalities are presented, including family therapy, individual play therapy, and group bereavement counseling. The third part covers deaths that affect communities of children, such as the death of a neighborhood friend, classmate, or teacher. Because childrens ages and personal histories affect their responses to death, the book demonstrates the need for multilevel interventions