A Safe Place for Caleb: An Interactive Book for Kids, Teens and Adults with Issues of Attachment, Grief, Loss or Early Trauma

A Safe Place for Caleb: An Interactive Book for Kids, Teens and Adults with Issues of Attachment, Grief, Loss or Early Trauma


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A Safe Place for Caleb is a comprehensive and richly illustrated resource for individuals of all ages who are dealing with attachment problems. Parents, professionals, and lay people will find this book helpful in understanding and addressing attachment disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.

The first half of the book is an interactive story that follows the experiences of Caleb, a young boy who relates his difficulties and frustrations in forming and sustaining healthy relationships. He learns strategies for coping with attachment issues during his journey to the Safe Tree House, where he is introduced to the four "attachment healing keys". These act as therapeutic tools to unlock difficulties with attachment, and are presented using text and illustrations that are easily accessible for readers of all ages, even for young children.

The second half of the book presents a summary of current scientific thought on attachment styles and disorders, and provides a wide array of assessment tools, photocopiable material and healing techniques to address attachment difficulties. Lists of helpful organizations and relevant reading materials are also presented.

Based on established psychological principles, the book is a unique and imaginative guide for professionals, parents, caregivers, and people of all ages who are dealing with attachment issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843107996
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 05/18/2005
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,147,347
Product dimensions: 6.81(w) x 9.65(h) x 5.39(d)
Age Range: 3 - 10 Years

About the Author

Kathleen A. Chara, Ph.D. has a doctorate in family psychology, teaches full-time for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and maintains a private psychological practice. She has run a programme for abused women, worked with children in psychiatric settings, and has been a licensed mental health counselor, specializing in children's issues, since 1991. Paul J. Chara, Jr., Ph.D. has a doctorate in general-experimental psychology, and is a professor at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has published numerous scholarly articles, presented dozens of public lectures, and authored several books. His diverse research interests include military history, neuroscience, and spirituality. J.M. Berns (illustrator) has extensive experience in illustrating books, ranging from college texts to children's books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. A Safe Place for Caleb. Tables, Tools and Techniques: A. Attachment Tables. B. Assessment Tools and Parental Handouts for Professionals. C. Healing Techniques for Family Attachment. Resources.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be on the bookshelf of all foster and adoptive parents! This book does a wonderful job of explaining why it's not always safe for children to be with their,primary families. It also gives children the permission they often need to embrace their emotions about the experience - how it's okay to grieve, okay to be angry, but also okay to love again (something that children in foster care or who have been adopted from foster care often struggle with). With my three oldest, I was able to immediately implement many of the concepts presented in the book. The Safe Treehouse and the 3R's (Right, Responsible, Respectful) are key take-aways that my family now uses every day. Mom to: as (7y), as(5y), fs(5y), fd(2y), fd (9m).