Healing the Fractured Child

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Healing the Fractured Child

SKU# 9780826199638

Diagnosis and Treatment of Youth With Dissociation

Author: Frances S. Waters DCSW, LMSW, LMFT


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Written by one of the nation’s leading practitioners in the field of childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation, this comprehensive resource fills a void in the literature to provide indepth knowledge of current interventions for treating dissociation in youth. It describes a detailed, careful assessment process and creative, evidence-supported techniques for helping children and their families to heal from chaotic, traumatizing experiences. With both a theoretical and practical focus, the book offers proven strategies for successfully treating children and adolescents with varying degrees ofdisissociation and comorbid symptoms. It also integrates adjunct therapies in environments beyond those of traditional psychotherapy, such as school, and describes howtheir strategies can be used effectively to augment therapy and understand dissociative children.

Based on a model integrating five prominent therapeutic modalities, and underscoring the importance of attachment style, the book focuses on the neurobiology of trauma, a high comorbidity of symptoms, specialized clinical interventions, psychopharmacology, and family intervention techniques. Also addressed are adjunct therapies in art and EMDR. In addition, the book provides a window into the effects of traumatic events such as medical illness that may be overlooked, and safe techniques with dissociative youth who are exhibiting dangerous behaviors. Rich clinical examples demonstrate the various phases of treatment and offer a window into the internal world of dissociative children.

Key Features:

  • Integrates psychotherapy with EMDR, art therapy, neurobiology, and psychopharmacology
  • Distills current research on neurobiology of trauma and how to intervene with specially designed treatment strategies
  • Provides in-depth knowledge of the latest creative interventions for treatment of childhood dissociation and comorbid symptoms
  • Sensitizes the therapist to often overlooked traumatic events, such as medical illness, that can exacerbate symptoms

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 17, 2016
  • Page Count 516
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826199638

About The Author(s) 

Frances S. Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT, a clinical social worker and a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Marquette, Michigan, is an internationally recognized educator, trainer, consultant, and clinician in the areas of childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation.

She was the past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and she is currently the faculty director of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Institute and the cochair of the ISSTD’s Child and Adolescent Committee. She has authored numerous articles and chapters and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, as well as on the advisory board of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence.

Fran Waters is an executive producer and a participant of several training videos on childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation targeted toward mental health professionals, caretakers, teachers, child protective services workers, forensic evaluators, and prosecutors. She received the 2008 Media Award from the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children for her production of “Trauma and Dissociation in Children,” which was geared toward forensic evaluators and prosecutors. She is the recipient of ISSTD’s Presidential Award and is a fellow of the ISSTD.

Table of Contents 



Foreword by Joyanna Silberg





1 The Star Theoretical Model: An Integrative Model for Assessing and Treating Childhood Dissociation


2 What’s Going On With This Child? Recognizing Warning Signs of Dissociation in Traumatized Children and Adolescents

3 Deciphering What Is Dissociation: Differential Diagnoses

4 Uncovering the Child’s Fractured Self: Assessing for Dissociation


5 Mindful Approach to Phase-Oriented Treatment

6 “I Guess They’re Going to Keep Me. I Tried Everything . . .”: Building Attachment and Partnering With the Family

7 “My Invisible Team”: Identifying and Stabilizing Self-States

8 Calming the Stress-Response System and Managing Triggers

9 Medication as an Intervention in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders and Complex Trauma With Children and Adolescents
With Adrian J. Stierum

10 Mastering Traumatic Memories

11 Hidden Voices: Creative Art Therapy Interventions for Adolescents With Dissociation
With Diane Raven

12 Integrating Dissociative Treatment and EMDR Therapy With Children With Trauma and Dissociation

13 “It’s Like You’re in a New World”: Integrating the Fractured Child

Appendix A: Internet Resources and Additional Readings

Appendix B: Checklists for Children

Appendix C: Questions to Ask Children, Parents, and Therapists

Appendix D: Tools to Use