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Crossing Infinity

How many emotionally injured children are there? It's uncertain, easily millions. Most of these children go untreated, many unnoticed or falsely labeled as 'bad kids'. While the damage to them is not well understood, the increase in anti-social behaviors stemming from unhealed trauma and abandonment is disastrous. Our homes, schools, communities, and judicial system all pay a price for unhealed children. Healthcare professionals are either uncertain what to do with them or believe that they cannot be "fixed" after a certain age. Schools don't understand so aren't much help. And our courts, now filled with them, can only punish and make matters worse. But Crossing In-finity describes how to make them whole. This book is concerned with trauma only as a state from which to recover. But it is necessary to see the effects that extreme distress has on the developing personality before talking about what can be done with it. A successful solution requires knowledge of both problem and desired outcome. How else can we recognize when we've found the solution? Likewise, to heal, first we must understand both the nature of trauma and the state of health. Crossing In-finity will help parents, teachers, and all students of human behavior understand the effects of emotional injuries on the developing personality. It will illustrate the thinking and learning of the developing child and lay a clear path to recovery from rage and shame to trust and forgiveness. Crossing In-finity is based on the experience of David J. Kenney, a foster dad, adoptive parent and child psychologist. It is dedicated to healthy emotional development. At certain developmental times, the traumas of early childhood have specific sets of possible effects on the emergent ego. These effects have impact on the personality in definite ways, which lead to predictable behavior patterns. These are knowable. Therefore, we can act in a strategic way to redirect growth towards well being. In this manner, we can immunize the abused or abandoned child against significant mental disorders as adults. Much has been written concerning mental illness. Book after book, edition after edition of working manuals are dedicated to describing what sickness is in profound minutia. As a society, we've spent an uncounted fortune in time and money on investigating what we don't want but have given little or no thought to what we do. Crossing Infinity attempts to improve this imbalance.
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David J. Kenney is a noted speaker having presented to parent and professional groups at colleges, universities and educational in-services on topics such as healing trauma, stress management, anxiety reduction, helping children with attention deficits, behavior as language, general parenting and achieving success in our schools. In 1986, David graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Detroit - Mercy with a bachelor's degree in psychology and again as a Specialist in School Psychology in 1989. He served as President of the Michigan Association of School Psychologists in 1997-98 and was liaison to the Michigan State Board of Education from 1995 to 1997. As an undergraduate student, David was invited to the 1985 National Fairweather conference to present a program he developed using creative writing with chronic, schizophrenic patients. This project was spotlighted in the Detroit Free Press on August 30, 1985. David has been a school psychologist for over twenty seven years in a diverse group of educational settings, from rich to poor, from one of the highest ranked school in the state to one with much less success. He has worked in urban, suburban and rural settings. In one of Michigan's top ranking school districts, he developed and implemented programs to meet the psych-social needs of parents, teachers and children. He acted as a general, mental health specialist, working to solve problems with teachers and families before special education was needed to formally certify them. But all achievements pale when compared to raising traumatized children to a healthy maturity. Children wounded by the world have been given little reason to trust it, so there were no guarantees of successful outcomes. Through his committed efforts, David learned strategies to heal harmed children. His expertise and insight has been noted by colleagues, who continue to seek him out for mentoring and training.

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