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Healing Children Through Creative Therapy

United States, May 17, 2004

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In these times of domestic and global turmoil, children are more apt to be confused and upset by disturbing events. Whether the trauma is caused by the loss of a loved one or a natural disaster, it’s vital that children are helped with their coping and recovery processes. Rebecca Carman’s new book “Helping Kids Heal” provides a unique approach to assisting children in need of comfort.

The idea for the book grew out of Carman’s involvement with Comfort for Kids, a program Mercy Corps founded in the wake of the September 11 tragedy. “I believe ‘Helping Kids Heal’ is a unique product that meets a large unmet need,” said Carman. “During our [Comfort for Kids] trainings, many participants said that they could now recognize trauma, but were at a loss regarding concrete ways to address it.”

The book, which provides activities and tips in language that’s easy to understand, is full of useful exercises and information. “Helping Kids Heal” is divided into thirteen easy-to-use chapters, each with appropriate games, illustrations, and discussion topics. There are 75 engaging activities to supplement and enrich the stages of healing. The book’s focus and creative ideas make “Helping Kids Heal” ideal for use in at-risk communities throughout the world.

Readers can learn more about the book through the Guidance Channel website at www.guidancechannel.com. “Helping Kids Heal” is an essential tool for those who work with and on behalf of children. The book’s content and approach provide many imaginative ways to help counter social ills and enable children to better understand the world they live in.