I’ve been training a lot on the Trauma Recovery Model recently and frequently get asked for further reading and pointers to good books…

So I thought I’d put together a quick guide to some of the main ones so that folks can easily get through to them for a nosey – and buy them if you wish.*

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Check these out…


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What Every Parent Needs to Know – by Margot Sunderland
Recently updated and re-named The Science of Parenting, this is a lovely book for dipping in and out of. The content is broken down into clear, well illustrated bite sized chunks – very readable. Good for professionals, great for parents!

Read more here.



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The Developing Mind – by Dan Siegel
This is my favourite brain book!

A technical and demanding read, but a superb reference book to have if you’re interested in brain function and the overlap with attachment. Just buy it!

Read more here.


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Child Abuse & Neglect: Attachment, Development and Intervention – by David Howe
This one is a real stonker!
If you’re looking for a book that summarises the interface of attachment, development and what we can do to help – this is it!

Read more here.

Stuck with what to do with a troubled child or young person? Help is at hand – click here…

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A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled – by Ruby Wax

An easy to read  beginners guide to a subject often made overly complex.

Witty, practical, balanced and searingly honest. Fans of Ruby Wax won’t be disappointed!

Read more here.



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Healing the Hidden Hurts – Transforming Attachment & Trauma theory into Effective Practice with Families, Children & Adults (Edited)

Dr Tricia Skuse and I have a chapter in this book.
It’s a collection of stand alone chapters about the application of attachment theory in practice.

Read more here.


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The Teenage Brain – A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults – by Frances Jensen

A must-read book for brain info junkies. Not for those looking for practical “how to” solutions. Technical and accessible.

A definite for those working with troubled young people – or those parents who want more info on the inner-workings of the teen/s they love!

Read more here.

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Attachment-Focused Parenting: Effective Strategies to Care for Children

An absolute essential for anyone working with LAC children or those in adoption situations. Or attachment in general!

Dan Hughes is a master clinician and this book is eminently practical. It outlines his principles of PACE and is packed with examples of interactions with children – great for helping illustrate the strategies.

Read more here.


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Looking After No.1 – Self-Care for People Working With Troubled Children
This is my little book on self-care. I wrote it after I learned a few lessons from hitting the wall! Most of the material in it is available on the blog for free (but not all of it!)

It’s available for Kindle and in paperback.

Read more here.


Books to help deal with loss/bereavement…

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Badger’s Parting Gifts 

A lovely story about Badger, who “goes down the long tunnel” and is missed by his friends. Then they begin to remember the things he taught them. Great for all kids, but perhaps especially the younger ones?…

Read more here.



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When Someone Very Special Dies…
More of a workbook, but great for explaining all aspects of loss and bereavement – like what happens at the funeral, what about the body? Lots of photocopiable pages for repeated use.

Read more here.


Don’t forget audio books…

…they’re a great way to get through material when life is busy.

I use Audible.com – it’s linked to Amazon. So if you’re already signed up with Amazon, you can start using Audible straight away!

You can get a 30-day FREE trial here – if you want to give it a whirl.

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  • What books do you recommend? What’s your favourite?
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Disclosure of material connection: The above books links are an “affiliate links.” This means that if you click a link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

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