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LAURI COATES
Voracious reader, insomniac, I research everything exhaustively. I have a wide variety of interests, from witchcraft, santeria, forensic science, recycling, food preservation, gardening, home decor to art, collecting westmoreland glass bulldogs, majorica monkeys, primitives, religious artifacts, funeral and death items, gothics, study of polygamy, writing, family, psychology and more......always into something new and wierd. Lots of "charming eccentricities" 
By LAURI COATES
Published on 03/12/2010
 
book review, Children and Traumatic Incident Reduction Creative and Cognitive Approaches (Book #2 in the TIR Applications Series) Edited by: Marian K. Volkman, CTS, CMF Publisher: Loving Healing Press ISBN: 978-1-932690-30-9

Helping Children: Traumatic Incident Recovery
Children and Traumatic Incident Reduction
     Creative and Cognitive Approaches
  (Book #2 in the TIR Applications Series)
Edited by:  Marian K. Volkman, CTS, CMF
Publisher:  Loving Healing Press
ISBN:  978-1-932690-30-9

TIR is the acronym used for the phrase "Traumatic Incident Reduction".  TIR is a therapeutic modality utilized by professionals in the fields of metaphysics, psychology, psychiatry, counseling,  therapy and other helping professions.

This anthology collects articles, case studies, explanations of concept and theory and related resources and information.  The contributors are trained counselors, educators, researchers and psychologists held in high esteen by the professional community.  The book is organized in a format that readily allows for reading through the book in it's entirety, or utilizing individual chapters depending on the needs and circumstances of the reader.  Each section is well written and self contained.  Taken in either whole or by chapters only, the ideas and information can easity stand alone.

Part I of the anthology offers an indepth look at the tools and techniques used in the practice of TIR.  In my view, one of the major advantages to TIR is that the basic techniques and treatment processes remain unchanged, regardless of the age or sex of the client.  The underlying traumas that TIR can be used for are as varied and differing as the experiences of the clients themselves.  Elements of TIR can be utilized as art therapy, among other methods of utilization.  Excellent information is included on the use of art therapy, especially useful when working with children.  Also included are excellent reference materials the professional can share with the parents of the client.  This reference material is written in a style that is easily understood by laypersons, and would be excellent in helping parents understand the methods used by the therapist with their child/ren. 

Part II of this book covers the results of TIR therapy.  It offers details of case studies, including some using art as a form of TIR, and numerous useful anecdotal evidence, reference and viewpoints.  A specific article on dealing with at-risk youth is also included, along with a specific section covering use of TIR in an actual mental health clinic setting..

Part III is a compendum of background and theory, critical issues in TIR are covered in depth, along with PTSD coverage, an extensive glossary of terms, a brief explanation of unblocking, memory lists for children, and information on receiving training to learn more about using TIR.

Anyone who works with kids in nearly any capacity will find lots of information within these pages.  Laypersons as well as professionals will gain incredible insight into the use of TIR; it's a goldmine of knowledge for working with children.  Very highly recommended addition to the permanent reference library.