Author(s): Peter Levine
Peter Levine's work in trauma is grounded in medical biophysics, psychophysiology and psychology, as well as his own innovative research into the instinctual behaviour of wild animals. Over the past 35 years, he has developed and refined a method called Somatic Experiencing (SE), which provides the foundation for this guide to dealing with trauma in children. At the core of this book is the understanding that trauma begets violence, and violence begets trauma. The effects of trauma can result not only from catastrophic events such as abuse and violence but from everyday, common incidents such as minor auto accidents, routine medical procedures, family stresses, even something as seemingly innocent as falling off a bicycle. "Trauma Through a Child's Eyes" offers a hopeful alternative to children acting "in" (on themselves) or "out" (on others) in response to pain and injury. Most children possess an innate natural resiliency, and Levine explains how adults can help them tap into and strengthen that resiliency to resolve the effects of trauma and cope successfully with future harmful situations.
""Trauma Through A Child's Eyes" is an extraordinary body of work. Healing ourselves and our children of the effects of trauma is of the utmost importance. The more aligned we are inside ourselves and with our outer world, the more we will be able to create peace."
--Debbie Robins, bestselling author of "Where Peace Lives"
"Some books are said, in their originality, to 'break the mold.' "Trauma Through A Child's Eyes" goes one further: it creates its own mold in a way that everyone concerned with the health and happiness of children will be grateful for."
--Gabor Mate, MD, author of "Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers"
"A truly remarkable book that captures the essence of what it is to be a traumatized child, while simultaneously helping us understand, appreciate, and facilitate their natural capacity to heal. Written with a deep sense of compassion and wisdom, this book offers clear insight to those who care for and about children."
--John Stewart, PhD, author of "Beyond Time Out"; clinical director, Maine Medical Center; consultant to public schools, Child Psychiatry Fellowship Faculty
Peter A. Levine is the director of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He has taught at hospitals and pain clinics in both Europe and the United States. Maggie Kline is a teacher, psychotherapist and school psychologist.