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 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.
Kathleen A. Chara, M.S. is an instructor at Northwestern College in St Paul, Minnesota. She has run a programme for abused women, worked with children in psychiatric settings, and has been a licensed mental health counsellor, specializing in children’s issues, since 1991. She is currently undertaking a doctorate in psychology.
Paul J. Chara, Jr., Ph.D. has a doctorate in general-experimental psychology, and is a professor at the same college. He has published over 60 scholarly articles, presented dozens of public lectures, and his book The Art of Virtue was published in 1999. Kathleen and Paul have co-authored over a dozen scholarly articles, are raising four fantastic kids, and are ecstatic about being married to each other!
J.M. Berns (illustrator) has extensive experience in illustrating books, ranging from college texts to children’s books. She, her husband John, and son Timothy, have been friends with the Chara family since they shared adjacent apartments in 1990. Together, Chara, Chara and Berns have produced three other interactive, illustrated titles: Allergy Busters, Amy Elizabeth Goes to Play Therapy, and Sensory Smarts.