Glenn Saxe is one of my favorite theorists and writers. His book, Trauma Systems Therapy for Children and Teens, Second Edition by Glenn N. Saxe MD, B. Heidi Ellis PhD, and Adam D. Brown Ph.D. (Guilford Press, 2015) does the best job of any I have read to conceptualize a model for working both with the child themselves and with the system around the child. It contains a great description of how the brain works, followed by a unique method of treating the internal self and the external system at once. He provides a system for determining where and how to intervene- with the child individually, with the family, with the system. And an important premise is to take steps to leave the system better than you found it after each intervention.
And, a new edition is just being released.
Here’s what Bessel van der Kolk says about the book:
“A marvelous, practical, integrative guide for all those who work to help traumatized kids. Based on a thorough understanding of the underlying biological, social, and attachment issues, this book confronts the realities of children’s and families’ lives and the awesome obstacles that providers face. TST offers a comprehensive way to deliver effective services and reorganize often-broken systems of care. This approach not only will facilitate healing, but also will help prevent practitioner burnout and the wasteful use of resources. I love the energy behind this work!”–Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, Medical Director, The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute; Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
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