Integrating both somatic and attachment theories, this manual provides new tools for therapists working with children and adolescents dealing with complex trauma and neglect
This book presents a new model of trauma treatment called Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) for treating trauma and neglect in children and adolescents by a three-step process of somatic regulation, trauma processing, and attachment building. This novel approach builds from the bottom up by using gross motor tools to regulate children who are highly dysregulated, then incorporating the trauma material that emerges when children became more regulated, and finally addressing the attachment issues inherent in child trauma work. The book outlines eight tools for somatic regulation and eight therapist tools that are essential to SMART. After elaborating the basic strategies, it describes the fundamental elements of the assessment and treatment process. The SMART concepts are illustrated through three case studies representing early childhood, latency, and adolescence. The book explains how to adapt SMART to different contexts--for example, residential treatment, in-home therapy, and a preschool outreach program--and includes a discussion of how caregivers can learn these strategies by working in tandem with therapists.
About the Authors:
ELIZABETH WARNER, PSYD, is the lead developer of the Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) complex trauma intervention model and Director of the SMART program, part of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. She has worked with children, adolescents and their families of diverse backgrounds in outpatient private practice, residential treatment, schools, and psychiatric inpatient settings, and lectures and trains therapists throughout the US as well as in Canada and Hong Kong.
HEATHER FINN, LICSW, is Clinical Director and a practicing psychotherapist at the Trauma Center. She is the lead author of a case study demonstrating the utilization of the SMART model in the Journal of Child Adolescent Therapy.
ANNE WESTCOTT is a senior faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and co-developer of the Trauma Center's SMART program. She is the coauthor of the Hidden Strengths Series, a set of children's books inspired by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, designed to present children's distress in realistic yet digestible ways.
ALEXANDRA COOK, PHD, is the Associate Director of the Trauma Center, where she has worked for over 20 years. She is the co-author of With the Phoenix Rising: Lessons from Ten Resilient Women who Overcame the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse.