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“I go in the closet in my head.” – Trauma and Dissociation in Children Living with Domestic Violence

Na’ama Yehuda, MSC, SLP

Eli, age seven, lives with his younger sister Marianne, age four, and their mother Lisa, in New York City. They had lived in a domestic violence shelter for a year, and before that with his stepfather, Mark, till Lisa fled with the kids following repeated violence. Huddled in his bed, Eli had often heard his stepdad beating his mother. He’d wait helplessly till she sought refuge in the children’s room once Mark stormed out.

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Squeaks, Nuzzles, Tail Wags, Woofs, and Whinnies: An Experiential Glimpse into Animal/Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Play Therapy

Michele M. Yarberry, LPC, NCC, RPT

“Oik, Oik, Oik,” Emmett, the Guinea Pig, squeaks with delight as one of his favorite child-clients enters the therapy room. He nuzzles on her lap to keep her grounded as she processes a traumatic memory through the EMDR Standard Protocol. In another session, Emmett is tenderly laid in the baby buggy and gently pushed around the play room, providing the means through which the child can nurture her inner baby self.

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“As a criminologist studying child sexual abuse, I sometimes feel like I live in the ‘upside down’.”

Dr. Michael Salter

As a criminologist studying organised child sexual abuse, I sometimes feel like I live in the ‘upside down’, the shadow world parallel to our own in the TV series Stranger Things. In the TV series, the ‘upside down’ looks like our own world, but darker and filled with unpredictable terror. Kids disappear into it sometimes, and occasionally something awful slips out of it to disrupt our brighter universe. For the most part, people would prefer not to admit it exists.

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Helping Dissociative Children Develop Self Reflection

Sandra Baita, PsyD

Five year old Luke was referred to therapy by his kindergarten teacher due to his disruptive behavior in the classroom and his constant refusal to follow rules. When I asked him what had happened at school before coming to see me, he was perfectly capable of giving a narrative of the facts. When I asked whether he knew what had caused him to behave in such a way, he said in a very confident manner: “When I´m bored I feel kind of a monster inside my chest that wants to come out and get some fun.

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The Re-Launch of Kid’s Korner

We are pleased to announce the re-launch of Kid’s Korner, a regular feature of ISSTD News. Kid’s Korner will focus specifically on child and adolescent news and issues. This will be a forum for members to read about specific treatment issues in working with children and adolescents, upcoming training events, useful books and resources, and new research.

While I am quite used to seeing teenage clients with DID, recently I commenced work with a small anxious child experiencing school refusal, who also reported trances and visual hallucinations.

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