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Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the Impact of Trauma
 

This is a free course for all interested.   Please note that we do not offer certificate of completion to participants.

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Surviving Childhood -- Course Contents
 
Introduction to Childhood Trauma
Lesson 1
Assignment 1
The Psychology and Physiology of Trauma
Lesson 2
Quiz 2
After the Trauma: The Costs of Coping
Lesson 3
Finding Resources and Getting Involved
Lesson 4
Assignment 4
 


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Children in a Violent Society Book
Emphasizing the need for early intervention and prevention, this timely book examines the impact of violence exposure on children and youth, discusses several existing programs, and proposes new approaches to the problem. Recommending crucial steps to stem the tide of violence and enhance the safety of future generations, this volume will be of interest to mental health practitioners, developmental researchers, sociologists, educators, law enforcement personnel, and policy makers.
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Too Scared to Cry: Psychic Trauma in Childhood Book
Winner of the Blanche Ittleson Award for her research on childhood trauma, clinical professor of psychiatry Terr examines the many ways that trauma has changed not only the children she's treated, but all of us. She demonstrates that traumatized children can be helped, showing that there is hope for the innocent victims of our frightening world.
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A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive Book
On March 5, 1973, 12-year-old Dave Pelzer was rescued from probable death at the hands of his mother by three concerned individuals who dared to take him no matter what the consequences. A Child Called "It" is an agonizing recollection of Dave's terrible life until that point, living with an unstable alcoholic mother who chose him as a scapegoat among her three sons. This text is not just a harrowing tale of abuse; it is ultimately the tale of Dave's survival through the triumph of the human spirit.
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There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing up in the Other America Book
This is the moving account of two remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago's Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex disfigured by crime and neglect. In this acclaimed 1987 series for The Wall Street Journal, Alex Kotlowitz established that the tender underside of our embattled inner cities is the children, urban America's greatest casualty and its only hope. With this searing and important work, he continues the stories of 12-year-old Lafayette Rivers and his younger brother Pharoah as they confront tragedy on a daily basis.
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For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence Book
"Miller, a Swiss psychoanalyst and author of an earlier book, Prisoners of Childhood (BRD 1981), argues that children's characters are not formed by birth traumas, separation, or their infantile sexuality but by the humiliation and degradation children experience from parents. Robbed of their will, they split off the anger they are not allowed to feel and project it against others. An analysis of child-rearing literature illustrates how the 'poisonous pedagogy' is created. The lives of a German addict/prostitute, of Adolf Hitler, and of a child murderer [are used to] illustrate how the anger is revisited on the self or others." First published in Germany in 1980 under the title Am Anfang war Erziehung.
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False Allegations Book
Burke. Ex-con. Mercenary. Urban survivalist. Career criminal. Scar-carrying member of that vast underground tribe, Children of the Secret. And, some whisper, the city's finest hunter of predators. Perhaps because he was spawned from the same seed. Burke is a man for hire. And Bondi is a private dancer, performing on command her special routine on a high-tech stage. When she learns who's really watching, she wants to buy some revenge - or so she says. Her snake-hipped trail leads to an obsessed enforcer named Heather, and her boss, Kite, who blackmails Burke into taking on an ugly job of investigation. Kite is a professional debunker, specializing in allegations of child sexual abuse. "False" allegations, he says. Witch hunts. But now he may have stumbled across the case of his career - the real thing. And he needs a man who knows something about witches. He finds Burke. Dark, edgy, unflinching, False Allegations is Andrew Vachss reporting from ground zero... and Burke at his most dangerous.
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