Attachment, Trauma and Healing (Understanding and Treating Attachment
Disorder in Children and Families) by Terry Levy and Michael Orlan
Attachment Disorders (Treatment for Traumatized Children)
by Catherine Swanson Cain
Facilitating Developmental Attachment by Daniel A. Hughes Ph.D.
Building the Bonds of Attachment by Daniel A. Hughes Ph.D.
Therapeutic Parenting: It's a Matter of Attitude! by Deborah Hage MSW
Help for the Hopeless Child: A Guide for Families
(With Special Discussion for Assessing and Treating the Post-Institutionalized Child)
by Ronald S. Federici
Parenting the Hurt Child, Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow.
by Gregory C Keck, Ph. D. and Regina M. Kupecky, L.S.W.
When Love is Not Enough by Nancy Thomas
The Primal Wound (Understanding the Adopted Child) by Nancy Newton Verrier
Children Who Shock and Surprise by Elizabeth Randolph, Ph.D.
Parenting With Love and Logic by Foster Cline MD, & Jim Fay
Broken Hearts, Wounded Minds by Elizabeth Randolph, ph.D.
Dandelion on My Pillow, Butcher Knife Beneath by Nancy Thomas
So You Want to be a Prince? by Deborah Hage
Holding Time by Martha Welch
A Symphony in the Brain: The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback
by Jim Robbins
Can this Child be Saved? by Foster Cline and Cathy Helding
99 Ways to Drive your Child Sane by Brita St. Clair
Me and My Volcano by Deborah Hage
More Books of Interest for Adults
by Torey Hayden
Sheila came into Torey Hayden’s class for “special children” at the age of 6 after having tied a 3-year-old child to a tree and critically burned him. ONE CHILD is Torey Hayden’s story of her attempt to tap the unbelievable capacity of this tortured child.
Parts of this book – the savage sexual molestation – will enrage you. Parts of this book – Sheila’s quiet description of her anger and fears and doubts – will make you cry. And parts of this book – Sheila’s gradual realization of her own potential – may make you cheer.
Whatever your reaction, I think you will agree that it has been a long time since you have read a book with the sheer emotional impact of ONE CHILD.
A Child Called "It"
by Dave Pelzer
One Child's Courage to Survive is Dave Pelzer's autobiographical account of his alleged abuse as a child by an alcoholic mother, Catherine Roerva. It was published on September 1, 1995. Surviving a childhood of not only severe abuse by his mother, but the apparent apathy to his plight by his father, Pelzer suffered one of the most severe documented cases of child abuse in California history.
Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child
by Cathy Glass
Damaged tells the story of an out-of-control child called Jody, who has been placed in care due to concerns regarding her natural parents. Jody smears feces on her face, smashes everything in sight and won't adhere to family rules. That's why she was sent to stay with Cathy, an experienced foster carer, and the fifth that Jody had been assigned to in four months. No-one so far had managed to cope with Jody, and even Cathy wasn't sure that she'd be able to at times. But she persevered right through to finding Jody a more suitable placement in a high-care home.
Not Without My Sister
by Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones, and Juliana Buhring
From as early as 3 years old, Julianna, Celeste and Kristina were treated by their ′guardians′ as sexual beings. They were made to watch and mimic orgies, received love letters and sexual advances from men old enough to be their grandfather, and were forced into abusive relationships that barely went unhidden. They were denied access to formal schooling, forced to wander the streets begging for money, and were mercilessly beaten for ′crimes′ as unpredictable as reading an encyclopaedia. Finally, unable to live with the guilt of what had happened to her children, their mother escaped with Kristina, cutting herself off from her remaining children in a bid to save at least one child. Desperate to free her remaining sisters, Kristina eventually returned to the place of her torture to free Celeste and, after many years, Julianna, who was only able to break free with the knowledge that the child she was carrying would be subjected to the same fate if she could not find the courage to escape
The Secret Language of Eating Disorders: How You Can Understand and Work to Cure Anorexia and Bulimia by Peggy Claude-Pierre
MORE GOOD BOOKS (for children and teens)
The Great Gilly Hopkins
by Katherine Paterson
Gilly is one tough kid. She intends to destroy every one of her foster mothers so she can live with her mysterious real mother. She meets her match in Mrs. Trotter, an overweight, uneducated woman who's only weapon is total love for her foster kids. Can Gilly prevail against that? A great choice for reluctant readers.
Touching Spirit Bear
By Ben Mikaelsen
Within Cole Matthews lie anger, rage and hate. Cole has been stealing and fighting for years. This time he caught Alex Driscal in the, parking lot and smashed his head against the sidewalk. Now, Alex may have permanent brain damage'and Cole is in the Biggest trouble of his life.
Cole is offered Circle Justice: a system based on Native American traditions that attempts to provide healing for the criminal offender, the victim and the, community. With prison as his only alternative, Cole plays along. He says he wants to repent, but in his heart Cole blames his alcoholic mom his, abusive dad, wimpy Alex -- everyone but himself -- for his situation.
Cole receives a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. There, he is mauled by Mysterious white bear of Native American legend. Hideously injured, Cole waits for his death His thoughts shift from from Anger to humility. To survive, he must stop blaming others and take responsibility for his life. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that may save his soul.
Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots without absolving solving him of responsibility for his actions, and questioning a society in which angry people make victims of their peers and communities. Touching Spirit Bear is a poignant testimonial to the power of a pain that can destroy, or lead to healing.
The Comeback Dog
by Jane Resh Thomas
"I don't want another dog! I hate dogs!" Daniel shouted.
Daniel was angry and sad after his old dog Captain died. But one cold winter day he finds another dog hiding in a culvert. She is battered and barely alive, but he wraps her in his parka and carries her home.
Daniel makes the dog a soft bed of rags by the wood stove and feeds her warm broth from a medicine dropper. He names her Lady and watches over her constantly as she begins to get well. And he dreams of how she will someday play with him and love him, the way Captain did.
Bitter disappointment is in store for Daniel, though. When Lady does recover, she responds to his gestures of affection by baring her teeth, snarling, and even running away. How Daniel learns to accept and respect Lady for what she is, makes a moving story of a midwestern boy and his dog.
The warmth and reality of Jane Resh Thomas's writings are enhanced by Troy Howell's perceptive drawings.
The Runaway Bunny
By Brown Margaret Wise
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. But no matter how or where he decided to go, his mother was always there-for she loved her little bunny very much.
The Circle of Support: RAD is clearly explained.
Encouragement and ideas to support the parents are powerfully presented.
Captive in the Classroom- Presents powerful techniques for teaching and surviving disruptive, defiant, and Reactive Attachment disorder students.
Building Brilliant Brains through Bonding by Nancy Thomas
I AM YOUR CHILD - The First Years Last Forever - hosted by Rob Reiner