Children need love, care, and safety; they need families

The Greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell of fears...... And, with rejection comes anger, and with anger some kind of crime in revenge for the rejection, and with crime, guilt - and there is the story of humankind. John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Monday, January 18, 2010

Bruce Perry - My Favorite Neuropsychiatrist in the World

I admit it!  I am a devotee of Dr. Bruce Perry!

If you haven't discovered this brilliant neuropsychiatrist, and if you are interested in children who are living with the effects of trauma, abuse, maltreatment, and neglect, I invite you to meet Dr. Perry!

You could begin by reading, The Boy who was Raised as a Dog, to get a sense of Dr. Perry's love of children and his creation of the neurosequential approach to healing trauma.  His research and methodology are transforming the way we work with and heal children!

From The Child Trauma Academy,

Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research. His neuroscience research has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. His clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children - examining long-term cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child.

A focus of his clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating concepts of developmental neuroscience and child development into clinical practices. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children. The ChildTrauma Academy’s programs are in partnership with multiple sectors of the community and in context of public-private partnerships with the goal of promoting positive change within the primary institutions that work with high risk children such as child protective services, mental health, public education and juvenile justice.
Dr. Perry has numerous articles, classes, presentations, and lectures available at The Child Trama Academy!

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