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Your Feelings Matter
A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Domestic Violence
by Amber Holmes, LCSW and Tiffany Sanders

Overview


Riley is a 7-year-old hippo who lives with his mother and her boyfriend.  Riley's life was great until one day things changed when Riley witnessed his mother being assaulted by her boyfriend. The incident leaves Riley experiencing a wide range of emotions, causing a significant change in Riley's behaviors.   While at school Riley's teacher becomes concerned and recommends that Riley meets with the School Social Worker, Mrs. Brown. Mrs.  Brown provides a safe place for Riley to openly express feelings associated with what he witnessed and engages Riley in multiple interventions to assist with symptoms. The next day, Mrs. Brown meets with Riley and his mother and establishes a safety plan for moving forward.  In this book, Riley realizes that his feelings are important and MATTER.  

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Description


Your Feelings Matter! reassures young children that what they are feeling about domestic violence is okay AND important. This book offers a guided questions page to elicit discussion and assess a child's perspective on domestic violence. Your Feelings Matter! is equipped with therapeutic activities to assist with identification of physical sensations and teach relaxation skills.

Your Feelings Matter! 

  • Normalizes emotional responses to domestic violence
  • Teaches the connection between the mind and body
  • Empowers the child by teaching skills to overcome feelings about domestic violence
  • Elicits healthy conversation regarding domestic violence and safety

When children are able to talk with caring adults about their feelings regarding domestic violence, it will decrease negative symptoms both short and long-term (including acting out behaviors...etc.)

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About the author


Amber Holmes, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the state of North Carolina. She is also an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Certified Coach.  With a passion for mental health and well-being, Amber has years of professional experience in direct and indirect practice empowering children, families, and individuals. Today, Amber works for her local county government in partnership with the police department, where she responds to incidents involving child victims exposed to traumatic events. Utilizing a combination of modalities, techniques, and inclusive approaches, she has an eclectic toolbox of skills and continues to enhance her knowledge and therapeutic practices with the latest evidence-based findings. Amber enjoys spending time with her husband and son, being a foodie, traveling, and having nature adventures.

Tiffany Sanders LCSW, LISW-CP is a Licensed Social Worker in North Carolina and South Carolina. Her professional life includes a commitment to serving the needs of traumatized children and their families. She is also a lifelong learner and passionate about advocating for change through public speaking, training, and workshops.  Tiffany works full-time as a Clinical Supervisor with her local government in partnership with the local police department. Tiffany is also the owner of Sunflower Therapeutic Solutions PLLC, a private practice in Charlotte, NC where she uses multiple treatment modalities and approaches to help clients “Bloom wherever they are planted in life”. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys reading, escape rooms, photography, traveling, as well as experiencing and learning about different cultures.

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Book details

Genre:FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

Subgenre:Abuse / General

Language:English

Pages:26

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781098328603


Overview


Riley is a 7-year-old hippo who lives with his mother and her boyfriend.  Riley's life was great until one day things changed when Riley witnessed his mother being assaulted by her boyfriend. The incident leaves Riley experiencing a wide range of emotions, causing a significant change in Riley's behaviors.   While at school Riley's teacher becomes concerned and recommends that Riley meets with the School Social Worker, Mrs. Brown. Mrs.  Brown provides a safe place for Riley to openly express feelings associated with what he witnessed and engages Riley in multiple interventions to assist with symptoms. The next day, Mrs. Brown meets with Riley and his mother and establishes a safety plan for moving forward.  In this book, Riley realizes that his feelings are important and MATTER.  

For access to FREE DOWNLOADABLES, please visit our website harbourholmespublishing.com.  


Read more

Description


Your Feelings Matter! reassures young children that what they are feeling about domestic violence is okay AND important. This book offers a guided questions page to elicit discussion and assess a child's perspective on domestic violence. Your Feelings Matter! is equipped with therapeutic activities to assist with identification of physical sensations and teach relaxation skills.

Your Feelings Matter! 

  • Normalizes emotional responses to domestic violence
  • Teaches the connection between the mind and body
  • Empowers the child by teaching skills to overcome feelings about domestic violence
  • Elicits healthy conversation regarding domestic violence and safety

When children are able to talk with caring adults about their feelings regarding domestic violence, it will decrease negative symptoms both short and long-term (including acting out behaviors...etc.)

Read more

About the author


Amber Holmes, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the state of North Carolina. She is also an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Certified Coach.  With a passion for mental health and well-being, Amber has years of professional experience in direct and indirect practice empowering children, families, and individuals. Today, Amber works for her local county government in partnership with the police department, where she responds to incidents involving child victims exposed to traumatic events. Utilizing a combination of modalities, techniques, and inclusive approaches, she has an eclectic toolbox of skills and continues to enhance her knowledge and therapeutic practices with the latest evidence-based findings. Amber enjoys spending time with her husband and son, being a foodie, traveling, and having nature adventures.

Tiffany Sanders LCSW, LISW-CP is a Licensed Social Worker in North Carolina and South Carolina. Her professional life includes a commitment to serving the needs of traumatized children and their families. She is also a lifelong learner and passionate about advocating for change through public speaking, training, and workshops.  Tiffany works full-time as a Clinical Supervisor with her local government in partnership with the local police department. Tiffany is also the owner of Sunflower Therapeutic Solutions PLLC, a private practice in Charlotte, NC where she uses multiple treatment modalities and approaches to help clients “Bloom wherever they are planted in life”. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys reading, escape rooms, photography, traveling, as well as experiencing and learning about different cultures.

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Alisa
Your Feelings Matter As a survivor of a domestic violence household, I truly wish this book had been available years ago. It is a very refreshing book that truly delves into the feelings of children that witness domestic violence in the household. Amber and Tiffany did a superb job writing this book. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone working with children, especially children that have experienced or witnessed it in their households. It is enlightening and as I read it and discussed it, it made me think about what we went through in my household....the long nights of not being able to sleep, the many times of having to leave home, the times of witnessing the abuse and having to live in a shelter. These are things that I do not wish for any child to experience. Thank you so much to these two beautiful young ladies. Your book has given me the insight to know that my stand against doemstic violence is right on point. I will continue to do my part and bring awareness. Alisa P Bizzell/DV Chapter Coordinator Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc Omicron Iota Zeta Chapter/Wilson, NC 10/30/2020 Read more
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