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March 2013 Book and DVD Review

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box-middle-02aMaking Sense of our Complex Children (10 DVD series) Heather T. Forbes, LCSW, author of Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children With Severe Behaviors , interviews world-renowed developmental neuropsychologist, Dr. Ronald S. Federici to explore the complex issues surrounding children from traumatic and chaotic backgrounds. Through each interview, Forbes and Federici work to explore every angle from the parent to the professional to the child perspective in order to fully understand the issues families face under the complexity of raising trauma.

DVD’s are each 45 minutes long and can be bought as a set or individually.  Topics include: Introductory Overview, Developmental Disabilities, Childhood Mental Health Disorders, Mood Disorders & Trauma, Complex Trauma & PTSD, Education & Trauma, Teenagers, Medication Madness, The Family, Moving Forward

These DVD’s are filled with really interesting and useful advice.  The website has short clips of each DVD so you can see which are best for you and your family.  Full of really great information that I highly recommend.

9781616089603_p0_v1_s260x420The Secret Room by Antonia Michaelis – This is a great fantasy about an orphaned boy who must free the trapped spirit of his adoptive parent’s first son from a prison built of longing and grief and guarded by a terrible, nameless, monster. It’s a powerful story of moving on from grief with the help of love.


forgotten_main2Another Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass – Once again Foster Mother Cathy Glass shares the story of another child who was mistreated before coming into her care.  Her stories are about helping the child who has come to her home but the effects of these children on her family are also interesting, from their rage at having a new difficult personality entering the home to the compassion that learn toward others who have suffered.  These books are not easy to read but Cathy’s dedication and compassion is encouraging.

2 thoughts on “March 2013 Book and DVD Review”

    1. We have watched these DVD’s and they did not talk about forcing a child to do anything, it was more related to understanding your child and their behavior. They were very informative and filled with useful information. We have also read her books and have not come across the “re-do” that you are speaking of.

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