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A note for carers, counsellors, parents and teachers The stress/trauma response model helps to identify risks, enabling the child to recognise their survival response without feeling there is something intrinsically wrong with them. A conversation can take place that gives a child permission to talk about their fears and worries so that support can be implemented. The model can be used on a whiteboard for therapeutic assessment and psycho-education, enabling information-gathering without the child feeling that they are the sole focus of attention, which could otherwise result in shut-down. Problems are seen within a global human framework, rather than as personal behaviour issues. As you read Outside My Window with children, use it as an opportunity to have a conversation about safety and concerns, and seek support or notify services if at anytime a child reports any of the worries dealt with in this book. Outside My Window is also used with traumatised adults as they often have a hurt child part inside who can relate to and has experienced the trauma/survival response. It has often brought tears and relief.

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Children 5 -12 years, carers, parents, teachers and therapists.

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Vicky Scott, RN, BA, MAHons Psych, PGDip Psych Practice, is a Registered Psychologist and provider of psychological services for Accident Compensation Corporation, the Ministry for Children Oranga Tamariki, and the New Zealand Defence Force. She has a clinical and theoretical interest in complex trauma and transpersonal psychology. Vicky is a mother and grandmother and lives with her partner David and their dog Frankie in Whanganui, where she maintains her clinical practice, focused primarily on the treatment of child, youth and adult trauma. Her other passions are family and travel. Email: Jacqui Gibbs Chamberlain is an artist of figurative subjects. She has travelled widely, to the US for workshops, and to Papua New Guinea, China, India and Samoa. She has also lived in Switzerland and spent time painting in the Outback of Australia. Jacqui is a previous recipient of the Designer's Institute CoCA Award. Her main subject matter is the human figure, but her work also explores shape, form and composition. She lives on an isolated farm in Port Levy, Banks Peninsula, with her husband and daughter. Email:

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