Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control
Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control covers in detail the effects of trauma on the body and mind and how trauma alters children’s behavioral responses. The first four chapters help parents and professionals clearly understand the neurological research behind the basic model given in this book, deemed, ‘The Stress Model.’ While scientifically based in research, it is written in an easy to understand and easy to grasp format for anyone working with or parenting children with severe behaviors. The next seven chapters are individually devoted to seven behaviors typically seen with attachment-challenged children. These include lying, stealing, hoarding and gorging, aggression, defiance, and lack of eye contact. You will even find a chapter that talks candidly about how parents appear hostile and angry when they are simply working to prevent their families from reaching complete states of chaos. Each of these chapters talks in depth on these specific behaviors and gives vivid and contrasting examples of how this love-based approach works to foster healing and works to develop relationships. The authors end with a Parenting Bonus Section. True testimonials from parents who have been able to make significant changes in their homes with this model of parenting, giving real-life examples of how they have been able to find the healing, peace, and love that they had been seeking prior to working through the techniques outlined in this book.
Coalition Staff Member Review
This book describes how unconditional love, in the context of parenting, can help children with trauma heal. It also gives parents many practical tips on how to deal with specific behaviors and situations. The author is an adoptive parent herself and is able to relate to parents struggling with raising their adopted children. The science of trauma is explained in layman’s terms, and the solutions to coping with the behaviors of children are described in detail. This book is easy to read, yet quite thorough. It connects the abstract with the down-to-earth and practical. The end of the book contains many testimonials from parents who have implemented Heather’s love-based approaches. These shared experiences give parents hope that their family can also overcome the pain of their children’s trauma pasts.Author: Heather T. Forbes, LCSW & B. Bryan Post, PhD, LCSW
Additional Author: Beyond Concequences Institute