Optimizing Learning Outcomes: Proven Brain-Centric, Trauma-Sensitive Practices (December, 2016)
If you’re an educator or school mental health specialist, this book is a must read!
Steve Sandoval, PhD, executive director of special services with Westminster Public Schools, Colorado, and one of Education Week’s 2016 “Leaders to Learn From
A much needed resource…a comprehensive review of examples, strategies, and tools based on research of effective trauma-informed practices. Regena F. Nelson, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies at Western Michigan University
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Trauma Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents
(Steele, W. & Malchiodi, C. 2012, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, NY)
“…A gift for those interested in best practices with children and their families.”
Charles R. Figley, PhD, the Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD, Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University
“…an integrated guide to assessment and intervention, one that demonstrates best practices that go beyond cognitive interventions to reach children at a sensory level, helping them to feel more safe, empowered, in control of themselves, and related to others. This book should be used in all mental-health programs.” Susan Gere, PhD, director division of counseling and psychology, Lesley University.
Working with Grieving and traumatized Children and Adolescents: Discovering What Matters Most Through Evidence-Based, Sensory Intervention
(Steele, W. & Kuban, C. 2013. John Wiley & Sons, NJ)
“… (It) demonstrates practical sensory-based activities so kids can discover and reconnect with their bodies' agency and vitality. Refreshingly, this vehicle creates an emotionally safe journey for the child into the mystery of the experiential, embedded in implicit memory. It's chock full of invitations to explore self-impressions and worldview in a way that children feel seen; not assessed.”Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. originator and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute & Maggie Kline, MS, LMFT, School Psychologist, SE Faculty, co-author of Trauma Through a Child's Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids.
Trauma in Schools and Communities: Recovery Lessons from Survivors and Responders (2015). NY. Routledge
“I appreciate the author’s emphasis on “the power of story.” We know that bearing witness and honoring the stories of those who were at the epicenters of community traumas—the survivors who were directly impacted—is at the heart of all interventions that promote psychological resilience and posttraumatic growth in the aftermath of disasters. The author is skilled at highlighting the implications of these accounts for modifying and enhancing specific, structured strategies that readers can include in their school and community disaster plans.”
Lennis G. Echterling, PhD, professor and the doctoral coordinator of counseling programs, department of graduate psychology, James Madison University.
"The compelling stories and lessons in this book draw the reader's attention to the clear and undeniable fact that trauma-based strategies will be the most effective way to help students, staff, and community recover and move through devastating critical incidents. Learning from the lessons presented in this book will most certainly allow schools to more quickly get back to the business of teaching their students the academics necessary to succeed in life, as well as strategies to help them cope with the ever changing and often chaotic life circumstances they will undoubtedly face." Nancy Buyle, MA, LPC, NBCC, LSW, school safety/student assistance consultant, Macomb Intermediate Schools, Michigan
It is extremely important that educators and community resources are trauma informed and engage trauma informed practices. The practices Dr. Steele presents come from the direct experiences of survivors and responders. This is an excellent resource for all. Margaret DeLillo-Storey, PsyD, PCC, TLC-S, certified trauma consultant/supervisor and clinical counselor for Perry Local Schools, Massillon, Ohio