Articles – Children & Parenting

A number of new articles have been added to this site that focuses on emotional or psychological trauma rooted in early life experience. The newer, as well as older materials focus on somatic experience and relationship as the means of bringing about neurological repair and healing. Featured are leading authorities in the field of psychological or emotional trauma whose emphasis is on changing the brain. These papers focus on identifying, preventing and healing emotional trauma in children and adults.

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Articles For Professionals:

Marjorie L. Rand, Ph.D. – Boundaries in the Therapeutic Relationship
Help for therapists who want to avoid secondary or vicarious trauma

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD – The Compulsion to Repeat the Trauma Re-enactment, Revictimization, and Masochism
This is an article for professionals by one of the best known pioneers in the field of trauma and his focus on PTSD

Bessel van der Kolk, MD – The Body Keeps The Score: Memory and the evolving psychobiology of post traumatic stress

Bessel van der Kolk, MD – Dissociation and the Fragmentary Nature of Traumatic memories: Overview and Exploratory Study


Diana Fosha, Ph. D. – TRUE SELF, TRUE OTHER AND CORE STATE: Toward a Clinical Theory of Affective Change Process 


Dr. Allan N. Schore – The Effects of a Secure Attachment Relationship on Right Brain Development, Affect Regulation, and Infant Mental Health
Long and detailed comprehensive article for both the informed lay reader and professionals who work with children, teenagers and adults.

Articles For Both Health Professionals And Non-Professionals:

Daniel Siegel, MD – Professional Interview
This web article by Daniel Siegel, for both lay and professional audiences, breaks down and details the kinds of personal and interpersonal experience that results in successful or unsuccessful attachment bonds.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – Biological Relativity: Time and the Developing Child
A gripping expiation of why it is so important to deliberately engage the developing brain of an infant and young child.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – The Developmental Hot Zone
A vivid description of how the how the brain learns and changes by absorbing information.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – Self-Regulation: The Second Core Strength
How adults play a pivotal role in helping children self-regulate.

Constance M. Lillas, Lester Langer, Monica Drinane – Forced Separations and
Forced Reunions in the Foster Care System

Gabor Mate MD from his book Scattered Minds This is a commercial site that contains an clear, detailed and well written account of the experience of developmental trauma and its life long multigenerational influence. Excellent material for the non-professional as well as professional reader.
This excellent website offers information on attachment and disrupted attachment for families who have adopted traumatized children -especially those from foreign countries.

Marcy Axness, Ph.D. – What is “The Primal Wound” – Understanding the Trauma of Mother-Newborn Separation
Focuses on trauma from the perspective of adoption