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 Rosie, first NY trial dog and what you can do to support Rosie's Law

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Dr. Crenshaw's book Bereavement: Counseling the Grieving throughout the Life Cycle is so successful that it is now in its third printing and earned an average customer rating of 4.0 out of 5 starsfrom Amazon.com      

Read Dr. Crenshaw's articles in Play Therapy magazine by clicking on title: "Should I Be Worried?"  "Selective Mutism" "Preverbal Trauma" "No Time or Place for Child's Play" "Sounds of Silence" "Symbolism of Windows and Doors in Play Therapy" "The Wonder of It All" "Rosie Goes to Court"  "Secrets Told to Ivy"  with permission of Play Therapy Magazine.  

Two New Poetry Books By David A. Crenshaw (click on titles for details)       The Vision of the Heart  and A Place of Healing and Hope

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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Wounded Spirits and Healing Paths,

Therapeutic Engagement of Children and Adolescents

Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits

Understanding and Treating Aggressive Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits

Handbook of Play Therapy with Aggressive Children


Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Presentations- Including Upcoming
Testimonials from Presentations
Dr. Crenshaw's Publications
DVD on Grief
...Heart Symbol Strategies
...Heartfelt Feelings Coloring Card Kit
...Party Hats on Monsters
...Anger Modulation Drawings
...The Ship Prepares for Voyage
...The Magic Key
...The Fair Trial
...The Tree at the Top of the Hill
...Falling Leaves
...Holiday Writing Exercises
...Three Doors
Articles for Parents and Teachers
Article: Empathic Healer
Article: The Fawns beneath the Gorilla Suits
Article: The Hidden Dimensions
Article: Sounds of Children's Silence
Article: Windows to the Child�s Soul
Article: Selective Mutism
Article: Sealing off the Fountain
Article: by Liana Lowenstein, MSW
Article: Rosie the Golden Retriever
Poetry... Musings of the Soul
...Multicultural Language of Healing a Child
...Poetry Book-The Vision of the Heart
...Poetry Book-A Place of Healing and Hope
Tribute to Survivors of Domestic Violence
"My Wish for Children"
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About Dr. Crenshaw

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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Wounded Spirits and Healing Paths

Edited by David Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP

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     I, for a long time, have dreamed of putting together a book with collaborators who share the same passion for working with at risk children and teens. Thanks to a group of outstanding contributors that dream has come true. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Wounded Spirits and Healing Paths is a book about the dynamic, relational healing process with children and youth that traditionally would be regarded either as �impossible cases� or �not receptive� to treatment.  But we subscribe to the view expressed by Bessel van der Kolk that "everything should be considered reversible until proven otherwise." The collaborators in this volume share the philosophy and commitment that with children, who suffer extensive wounds to their soul, teaching them social skills and treating their psychiatric symptoms is a first step but it is not enough. Kenneth Hardy, a contributor to this volume, explains there is a difference between treating and healing. Healing takes longer-sometimes a lot longer because there is a complicated underlying emotional process that needs to be addressed and attachments that need to be repaired. The injuries to the soul of a child do not take place in a vacuum�they take place in a relational context, in a family, in an interpersonal and cultural milieu. If the internal wounds are not adequately addressed and the social, family, and cultural contexts in which the injuries developed are ignored, we will at best put balm on the wounds but we will not heal. All of the outstanding collaborators to this volume not only understand this but share these views with conviction and passion. Among the collaborators are two people whose groundbreaking work on working with violent and traumatized youth have profoundly influenced and inspired my clinical work and my writings: James Garbarino, to whom this book is dedicated, and Kenneth V. Hardy (I previously dedicated Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy to Ken Hardy). Both Garbarino and Hardy are passionate champions of at-risk youth. 


     Another collaborator in this volume is Andrew Fussner, who in my judgment is one of the most outstanding, dynamic, and talented of family therapy trainers both nationally and internationally. I was privileged to learn from him over a period of 12 years; most of what I know about family therapy I learned from him. Over the 20 years, I�ve known him he has become a dear friend. The other collaborators in this volume are colleagues that I�ve been privileged to know, work with and respect. Their enthusiastic, brilliant, and creative work will be evident in many places throughout this volume and they are Susan Cristantiello, Linda Hill, Jenny Lee, and Konstantinos Tsoubris. Another shared conviction among the contributors is the value of a strengths-based philosophy and one chapter is devoted specifically to this approach and its influence will be seen throughout the volume. Chapter 5, on the strengths-based approach is dedicated to Robert Brooks, Ph.D., who has been a charismatic and extraordinary advocate for seeing what is right and good in youth who often see only what is �bad� or deficient in them. Unfortunately, there are plenty of others who can only see the �bad� or the �wrong� in these same youth so their views get reinforced and validated frequently. Robert Brooks teaches us to look for �islands of competence� in youth, and this is what effectively can turn the lives of troubled youth around. 

David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP


     This edited book by David A. Crenshaw with chapter collaborators that include such notables as James Garbarino, Kenneth V. Hardy, and Andrew Fussner addresses the multiple sources of wounding of children and teens in contemporary life. This book conveys a message of hope and optimism, even in work with children who might be viewed as �impossible cases� because the chapter contributors share a passion for utilizing and building on the strengths of children and families. These authors go beyond treating psychiatric symptoms to address in a more comprehensive way the emotional suffering of youth. The unifying treatment framework for the book is relational therapy. The emotional injuries of children don�t develop in a vacuum but rather in a relational context and healing must also be embedded in an empathic relationship with the child and family. Building, repairing and restoring connections within the family and the larger community as well as within the therapeutic relationship opens the door to growth, healing, and meaningful belonging. The openness and genuineness of the therapist is a key factor in the healing relationship and this transparency is evident in a chapter on the therapist�s healing and use of self. The stories of triumph over adversity by the courageous children and families in this book will inspire those who daily strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of hurting youth to renew their commitment to this worthy mission. This is not a doom and gloom book. Rather this book honors the courage and strength of youth who faced unbelievable obstacles; it is a book celebrating the stories of unsung heroes and heroines who represent the vast majority of youth who start life facing adversity but still manage to live productive and meaningful adult lives.

Table of Contents

      Chapter 1. Multiple Sources of Wounding and Paths to Healing 
      David A. Crenshaw

Chapter 2. Healing Wounds to the Spirit Camouflaged by Rage  Kenneth V. Hardy and David A. Crenshaw


Chapter 3. Healing in a Family Context 
 Andrew Fussner and David A. Crenshaw


Chapter 4. Seeking a Shelter for the Soul 
James Garbarino and David A. Crenshaw


Chapter 5. "Diamonds in the Rough"�Strengths-Based

 Susan Cristantiello, David A. Crenshaw, and Konstantinos 

Chapter 6. Hidden Dimensions:  Unspeakable Sorrow and Buried Human  Potential 
David A. Crenshaw and James Garbarino


Chapter 7. When Grief is a Luxury Children Can't Afford 
David A. Crenshaw and Linda Hill


Chapter 8. A Spectrum of Dynamic Forces that Silence Children 
David A. Crenshaw and Jennifer Lee


Chapter 9. Therapist Healing and Use of Self 
David A. Crenshaw


Chapter 10. Tales of Heartbreak and Joy and Reflections along the Healing Path                                                                                                David A. Crenshaw



     Dr. Crenshaw has written and edited a truly unforgettable book.  He has accomplished the challenging task of touching our hearts and our minds with moving, poignant accounts of the lives of traumatized children together with courageous self reflections about the forces in his own life that have contributed to his role as a therapist.  Dr. Crenshaw is clearly a very gifted, empathic therapist and writer who in describing strength-based interventions for working with these youth, focuses on the remarkable
capacity of these youth to become more hopeful and resilient.  This book is an invaluable resource that will be read and re-read by those of us seeking to enhance the lives of children who have faced great adversity. 

Robert Brooks, Ph.D.

Faculty, Harvard Medical School
Co-author, "Raising Resilient Children" and "The Power of Resilience"


       This wonderful and compelling book by Dr. Crenshaw and his colleagues serves as a reminder for all clinicians that behind the anger and behavior problems that many children manifest are �wounded spirits�- pain, loss, and grief that have somehow been silenced.  Although there may be many paths to healing, a continuing theme throughout this edited volume is the critical importance of children being able to share their feelings and tell their story within the context of a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship. Through rich clinical vignettes, stories filled with pain and suffering but also reflecting the remarkable strength and resilience of our �wounded� children, Dr. Crenshaw and his colleagues get to the essence of healing- sharing the story and the pain with someone who deeply cares.  This is an inspiring book that all child clinicians, particularly those who work with families who have experienced traumatic life events, would greatly benefit from reading.  I certainly did!

Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice President
Department of Psychiatry
Allegheny General Hospital
Drexel University College of Medicine


This gracious collection is bound to invoke the best of inspirations for its professional readers. Directed at child and adolescent psychotherapists whose tacit priority it is to meet the soul of the youngster on terms uniquely his' or her' own. David Crenshaw and his collaborators remain reverential to the client's deepest wounds as each chapter accesses sensitive spheres of care. Within a depth psychology tradition, this volume is fated to exert a powerful effect on the interactive process to which experientially focused therapists are committed. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Wounded Spirits and Healing Paths is surely destined to remain a dear companion to those who see their therapeutic work as more than a set of corrective tools.  Indeed David Crenshaw's beautifully assembled book honors the animating essence of the healer's vision. 

E. Mark Stern, Ed.D., ABPP

Past President, Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association 

Professor Emeritus, Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY    


�Dr. Crenshaw and his colleagues invite the reader not only into the child therapy room, but into the hearts and minds of the youth and the clinicians responding to those hurts and losses. Youth challenged in their own lives by the disrespect, disengagement, and hostility of others often bring those same behaviors to the therapy room. The writers give a deep look at these youth and their behaviors, and to the healing aspects of a consistent and persistent therapeutic partnership. New and experienced clinicians will gain insights into the skills and the self-care needed to effectively engage and inspire these youth in a path toward wholeness.�

John W. Seymour, Ph.D., RPT-S, AAMFT supervisor, associate professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN


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