How to win the battle of wills

After 30 years of working with some of society’s most challenging and troubled children, Dr. Dave Ziegler believes that are no impossible children, just impossible situations. The programs he has started have focused on children no one seems to be able to help, yet over time the children have achieved exceptionally positive outcomes. Using clear and very accessible language, humor and numerous real-life anecdotes, he describes how to help “impossible” children achieve success in their families and their lives. Biological, adoptive and foster parents, therapists, teachers and social workers will find Achieving Success with Impossible Children a gold mine of information and an invaluable reference.

A licensed Psychologist and licensed Marriage and Family therapist, Ziegler has received his doctorate in counseling and psychology from the University of Oregon. He wrote his first training program for parents in 1972. Today he is the Executive Director of Jasper Mountain, a treatment program for some of our society’s most damaged children.


Part I—
Mission Impossible–Or Is It? Parenting and Behavior Management That Works
Chapter 1: The Battlefield with Challenging Children
Chapter 2: Helping Children Master Responsibility
Chapter 3: Positive Discipline
Chapter 4: Addressing Violence
Part II
Understanding the Psychological Needs of Troubled Children
Chapter 5: What Traumatized Children Did Not Receive When They Were Being Mistreated
Chapter 6: The Pervasive Impact of Trauma on a Child’s Development
Chapter 7: General Considerations of Trauma Therapy
Chapter 8: Ten Steps of Trauma Treatment
Chapter 9: Residential Treatment – Still and Important Solution
Part III—
Adoptions, Attachments and Academics. What to do When Things Go Badly
Chapter 10: Post-Traumatic Adoption
Chapter 11: Attachment Disorders And Success In Life
Chapter 12: School Success for the Difficult Child
Part IV—
The Secrets of Success
Chapter 13: The Difference Between Failure and Success With Difficult Children