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My Very Brave Story! shareable file


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My Very Brave Story! shareable file

  1. 1. My Very BRAVE Story!A story about my private part abuse A guide to assist young children in telling their stories of sexual abuse. Written By: Heather Wilkerson, MSW, LCSW Illustrated By: Austin, Az’Jah, Chloe, Jaden, Kaleb, Madison, Marley, Natalia, Rahmel Put your picture here!
  2. 2. How to Use this Book • Perform gradual exposure. • Share a book with a similar story to that of the client. • Tell the child you think he/she would do an amazing job creating his/her own story and you have a book that could help him/her do just that. • Show this book to him/her. • Have him/her fill in the blanks with words or drawings. 2
  3. 3. How to Use this Book Continued •Once complete and shared with the caregiver, the child should choose a way to “get rid” of this book e.g., shred it, rip it up, burn it, etc. •The child should not take the book home or keep it. •Reading the book repeatedly could cause the child to ruminate on the trauma or to continuously re-experience it. 3
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  12. 12. Heather Wilkerson, MSW, LCSW has spent countless hours sitting in an office attempting to get adolescents and ultimately small children to discuss the bad things that happened to them. She searched for ways children could begin to express the difficult stuff. Heather thought that a workbook that planted seeds, but remained as interactive as possible might do the trick. Out of that process evolved, “My VERY BRAVE Story”. Knowing that the outdoors, animals, art, play, sand and other creative interventions work best when working with children and adolescents, she started her private practice Hope-thru-Horses, Inc. in 2006 in North Carolina where she specializes in treating childhood sexual trauma. 12
  13. 13. 13 You can contact the author, Heather Wilkerson, MSW, LCSW at (910) 494-5888 or