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Book Review - I Saw It Happen

by Wendy Deaton
Hunter House, 2002
Review by Diana Pederson
Nov 20th 2003

This book is intended for use by a psychologist helping a child that has witnessed a traumatic, violet event. It contains assorted activities ranging from coloring pictures to answering simple questions about the event. A guide for psychotherapists accompanies the book with directions on how to use the exercises. This guide indicates the purpose and expected result of each exercise.

Recommendation: It appears that this book would be useful by several professionals besides a psychotherapist. A social worker in an agency working with foster children would find it beneficial for assessing how the child is coping with the events that put them in foster care and perhaps, let them know if other assistance is needed to help the child. School counselors and social workers could use this when dealing with children who have witnessed traumatic events at school. Perhaps it could even be adapted for helping a classroom when a schoolmate dies during the school year.

Parents may find it useful after their child witness's violence on the street or at school. This book could let the parent know if the child is having trouble dealing with the event and therefore, may be in the need of professional assistance.

 

2003 Diana Pederson

 

Diana Pederson lives in Lansing, Michigan.

 

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