Trauma-Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents


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Trauma-Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents is a sourcebook of practical approaches to working with children and adolescents that synthesizes research from leading trauma specialists and translates it into easy-to-implement techniques. The approaches laid out address the sensory and somatic experiences of trauma within structured formats that meet the “best practices” criteria for trauma informed care: safety, self-regulation, trauma integration, healthy relationships, and healthy environments. Each chapter contains short excerpts, case examples, and commentary relevant to the chapter topic from recognized leaders in the field of trauma intervention with children and adolescents. In addition to this, readers will find chapters filled with easily applied activities, methods, and approaches to assessment, self-regulation, trauma integration, and resilience-building. The book’s structured yet comprehensive approach provides professionals with the resources they need to help trauma victims not just survive but thrive and move from victim thinking to survivor thinking using the current best practices in the field.


  • Introduction.
  • What is Trauma-Informed Practice?
  • Trauma-Informed Clinical and Standardized Assessments.
  • Trauma Informed Art and Play-based Assessments.
  • Trauma-Informed Environments.
  • Establishing Safety Through Self-regulation.
  • Trauma-Informed Relationships.
  • Trauma-Informed Practices with Groups.
  • Enhancing Resilience.
  • Trauma Integration:
  • From Survivor to Thriver.
  • Resources.

Author Bio:

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC, is a leading international expert, syndicated writer, and educator in the fields of art therapy and art in healthcare. She is a research psychologist, a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counsellor, and has had over 25 years of experience and education in trauma intervention and disaster relief and integrative approaches to health. Cathy has published numerous books


“William Steele and Cathy Malchiodi are seasoned and respected clinicians, trainers, teachers, and researchers in the fields of art therapy and counseling. In Trauma-Informed Practices With Children and Adolescents, they have done a great service to the community of providers who respond to the needs of traumatized children and adolescents in family, agency, school, and community settings. This is an integrated guide to assessment and intervention, one that demonstrates best practices that go beyond cognitive interventions to reach children at a sensory level, helping them to feel more safe, empowered, in control of themselves, and related to others. This book should be used in all mental-health training programs.” – Susan Gere, PhD, director, division of counseling and psychology, Lesley University

“This book was really helpful for me in its clarity of purpose, offering many opportunities for future study and a reminder to trust my clients and hold hope.” – Tracey Richardson, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Children & Young People