A Residential Care Attachment Model, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
This short article (5 pages) addresses some of the challenges that children with attachment issues, present to families and treatment programs. It outlines the general approach to attachment issues and attachment disorders used in the agency's residential treatment program. The article was originally published as Chapter 19 of The Handbook for Treatment of Attachment–Trauma Problems in Children, by Beverly James (Lexington Books: New York. 1994). (See full article)
Adoption Courtship Model, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
Adoptions for challenging children are not always successful when conducted in the traditional way of a committee matching family and child and making the placement. After observing many failed adoptions, Jasper Mountain developed an alternative method that puts the focus on the relationships and commitments before moving to adoption. This article explains the principles of this model which gives the child a voice and levels the playing field for the child. This model has increased positive outcomes for adoptions with challenging children over the last two decades. (6 pages) (See full article)
Appropriate and Effective Use of Psychiatric Residential Treatment Services, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
Residential treatment is an enriched resource that is highly effective in helping some of our most difficult and disturbed children; or residential treatment is an ineffective approach that can at times be harmful for children. Opinions on residential treatment run the gamut from wonderful to awful. This article attempts to put emotion aside and takes a look at when high end residential treatment can be most effective and for whom. (12 pages) (See full article)
Childlike Play is Affected by Traumatic Experience, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
The primary job of the young child is learn and have fun. Too often the later is neglected in our attempts to help traumatized children. This article makes the case that the ability to play is by its nature a statement of health or lack of health. The recommendation is that restorative play must be a part of any treatment approach for children. (5 pages) (See full article)
The Direct Care Treatment Plan, Two Treatment Plans for Every Child, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
This brief article is a response to the frequently asked question from parents, teachers, caseworkers and others who ask, “How can I best help this child become better adjusted?” Many children who are having difficulty already have a clinical treatment plan but what can other adults do to help every struggling child. The DCTP addresses three main goals that can help every child make positive brain changes. The article goes on to discuss practical implementation steps for any adult to help any struggling child regardless of the problem or situation. It is the closest thing to a ‘one size can fit all’ approach for adults to use with difficult children. (4 pages) (See full article)
Impacting the Brain of the Traumatized Child, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
With the explosion of research on the human brain, it is becoming more clear all the time that all treatment comes down to successfully altering the brain of the individual. This article provides practical interventions that are designed to work with the brain and not work against it. (5 pages) (See full article)
Mission Impossible: Successful Foster/ Adoptive Parenting, Judy Littlebury and Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
This is a handbook of ideas and strategies for working with difficult foster and adoptive children. It is designed to be of use to parents and professionals. It addresses all the "biggies" -sexual behavior, lying, stealing, violence, manipulation, fire setting and more. It presents a framework to aid in understanding the behavior of children and adults' reactions to this behavior. The result is a method which helps make the impossible not only workable but perhaps even enjoyable! (28 pages) (See full article)
Optimum Learning Environments for Traumatized Children, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
With the large numbers of traumatized children in our school system, there is a need to take a renewed look at how we are meeting the needs of these deserving students. This article discusses briefly the effects of trauma on a child’s ability to learn and recommends strategies to tailor educational experiences for how these children best learn. (8 pages) (See full article)
Post-Traumatic Adoption, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
Adoptions can be wonderful for both the child and the family, but when things go seriously wrong adoptions can be traumatic experiences especially for the adoptive parents. Trauma of any type has predictable consequences. In this article the trauma that can impact adoptive parents is compared with posttraumatic stress disorder. While not an actual diagnosis, Post-Traumatic Adoption can be a useful parallel with PTSD to help consider the causes, the symptoms and the solutions to very difficult adoptions. Knowing the signs of Post-Traumatic Adoption can help prevent the condition and help recover from very difficult adoptions. (13 pages) (See full article)
Promoting Healthy Sexuality After Sexual Abuse, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
For children unlucky enough to have been sexually abused, the support they need is not only to heal from the hurt today, but also to turn sex from a negative to a positive for their future. What is healthy sexuality and how can a parent promote it? This can be a complex challenge, but our children deserve our best efforts to support them. (6 pages) (See full article)
So You Have a Challenging Child in Your Home? Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
This is a general article addressed to parents who struggle every day with a child in their home who seems to do his or her best to make everything as difficult as possible. The focus is on practical information that can be used to change the tone of the parent-child struggles and while this is going on for parents to maintain their sanity. (4 pages) (See full article)
Surviving and Thriving in a Difficult Adoption, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
It has been said that parenting is the world’s most challenging job and only exceeded in difficult by adoptive parenting. There is no question that adoptive parents need many skills to survive and one of these is a sense of humor. This brief article attempts to give some important practical ideas in a humorous way. (4 pages) (See full article)
Over the last ten years there has been considerable attention to physical interventions for children who are violent to self and others. Unfortunately, this attention has not been balanced and ignores the practical reality that at times adults need to insure safety for children in whatever form necessary. This article attempts to bring more balance to the discussion of when, how or even if physical interventions are used. (8 pages) (See full article)
Treating the Whole Child, Not Just Symptoms, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
It has become popular to focus solely on symptoms in the treatment of children, but to do so can limit the effectiveness of the intervention and may lead to failure. This in-depth article explains the interactional nature of the mind, body and spirit of children and how interventions that target multiple aspects of the child have the best chance to success in the long run. While short-term approaches may help some children in the short run, integrated interventions that address the whole child have the best chance to be the most cost effective and successful in the long run. (10 pages) (See full article)
This somewhat complex article reviews the basic tenets of traditional attachment theory and describes both its strengths and weaknesses. Revisions to attachment theory are suggested and detailed explanation is provided, of both the causes and treatment of various types of attachment problems. It is both a technical road map and a practical guide to the journey. Although complex, It has been written to be understandable to professionals and parents alike. (31 pages) (See full article)
Understanding and Helping Children Who Have Been Traumatized, Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.
This article was published in February 2004 in Family Matters magazine. It is comprised of excerpts from Dr. Ziegler's book Traumatic Experience and the Brain. It explores an important question, "What should we know and what should we do differently based upon recent advancements in understanding brain functioning?" This article discusses the answers Dr. Ziegler has found, incorporating information from recent scientific research and professional literature on the brain, in a context that is written especially to be understandable to parents who can use the information to help their children. (3 pages) (See full article)