Sam Feels Better Now! An Interactive Story for Children - Price: $24.95
by Jill Osborne, ISBN: 978-1-932690-60-6
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Sam saw something awful and scary! Ms. Carol, a special therapist, will show Sam how to feel better. Children can help Sam feel better too by using drawings, play, and storytelling activities. They will be able to identify and manage their own feelings and difficulties in their lives following a traumatic event, crisis, or grief.
Therapists' Acclaim for Sam Feels Better Now
"This beautiful little picture book is the ideal guide for a series of therapy sessions that will focus the child's attention on positives and help to deal with the traumatic memories"
-- Bob Rich, PhD., AnxietyAndDepression-help.com
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Jill Osborne is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. She graduated from Toccoa Falls College in 2001 with a B.S. in Counseling Skills and Psychology. After that time, she went on to complete a M.S. in professional counseling in 2006 and an Ed.S. in professional counseling in 2007 from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA . During her graduate studies, she interned counseling with women and children whom were survivors of domestic violence situations. She found her niche when she began using play therapy with children, and leading a support group for child survivors of domestic violence. She is currently working providing in home counseling to families and children.
Book Review :
How should a parent react when a child is so scared by something that he's having trouble sleeping, isn't eating enough, and is fighting with his friends? Sam saw something awful and scary, so his mother takes him to Mrs. Carol, a special therapist who helps kids feel better. She asks Sam to draw some pictures and then tell her a story about the thing that scared him. Next, she talks with Sam and his mother about working up a daily routine, finding people who can help, thinking of ways to stay safe, and generally helping Sam to understand his feelings, so that he could coping skills to decrease the effects of his anxiety.
Author Jill Osborne, a professional counselor who has specialized in play therapy, traumatology, and child therapy, provides a story that integrates principles for trauma therapy, play therapy, and expressive techniques to assist a child who has experienced a traumatic event, crisis situation, or grief through stage one of trauma therapy by creating a fun, creative, and interactive experience for the child. It is recommended that children and parents who are dealing with such problems work with a therapist trained in child therapy. There is a therapist's guide at the end of the book with suggestions, references, and resources. Sam Feels Better Now will prove to be a helpful tool for working with children who need this kind of help.
(Wayne S. Walker)