The Seven Core Issues Workbook for Parents of Traumatized Children and Teens


A Guide to Help You Explore Feelings and Overcome Emotional Challenges in your family

Based on a hugely successful US model, The Seven Core Issues Workbook is accessible and parent-friendly with brief explanations, activities and exercises.

The Seven Core Issues are Loss, Rejection, Shame/Guilt, Grief, Identity, Intimacy and Mastery/Control. The workbook gives parents the ability to explore their own issues as well as their child’s through varies experiential exercise and activities. Parents can identify and address their core issues in order to more effectively assist and support the child’s core issues.

The workbook and its exercises allow for a variety of diverse groups to use the book with ease, making it the essential tool for all individuals to grow and heal themselves and their families.

Author Bio:

Sharon Kaplan Roszia, M.S., is an internationally known trainer and author who helped pave the way for open adoption practice. She has been devoted to her work in adoption and foster care since 1963 and is also a parent by birth, adoption, and foster care. She is the recipient of an ‘Angel in Adoption’ award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and a ‘Humanitarian Award’ from the American Adoption Congress and is the co-author of Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction.

Allison Davis Maxon, M.S., LMFT, is an expert in the fields of child welfare and children’s mental health specializing in attachment, developmental trauma, and permanency/adoption. She is the executive director for the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and was the child welfare consultant on the Paramount Pictures movie ‘Instant Family’. Allison was honored in 2017 with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute ‘Angels in Adoption’ award and is the co-author of Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency.


“This workbook is profound! I couldn’t stop reading it and doing the exercises. Thank you, Sharon and Allison, for your amazing insight and understanding of the issues facing our parents. This is an invaluable resource for organizations helping to support kinship, foster and adoptive parents. If I could, I would gift this workbook to every single parent who is parenting a child with loss and trauma” – Mary M.McGowan, Executive Director of ATTACh.