"A guided activity workbook for children, families and teachers to help cope and grow stronger"

Free printable download to all American Psychoanalytic Association Members from the site of the The Children's Psychological Health Center at
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120 pages, written in the past two weeks by child and family experts including two American Psychoanalytic Association Members, one who is an international Literary Prize winner. Recommended by Disaster Committee of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as a sensitive and useful resource. Developmentally specific instructions are included for therapists, teachers, family members to use in creating a supportive network during the activity. Use it as a coloring book for preschoolers, and as a school text/guided workbook for older children. This book is derived from decades of experience helping children and families put stressors and disasters into perspective, surmounting and growing rather than repeating traumas. Go to website for peer-reviewed published evidence that use of guided activity workbooks in certain stressful situations is measurably helpful to vulnerable children.

Who Wrote This Book? Authors include two American Psychoanalytic Association Members.

The Children's Psychological Health Center is a nonprofit mental health agency based in San Francisco, California. It has assembled a team of child and adult specialists to help you help your children following this attack on our nation. For more information see or call Edith Lee at 415 474 0955. Our Other guided activity publications include My Fire Story, My Tornado Story, My Earthquake Story, My Flood Story, My Book about the War, and a series of trauma related, guided activity workbooks for children, families and teachers coping with severe stress.

Gilbert Kliman, M.D., is Founder and Director of The Children's Psychological Health Center, a nonprofit organization, and its division, The Children' Psychological Trauma Center. A Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, he has 40 years of experience in psychological disaster response, beginning with his studies of interventions with children following the assassination of President Kennedy. He is the founded what is now the nation's largest personal and community psychological disaster facility, the Center for Preventive Psychiatry in White Plains, New York. Author of Psychological Emergencies of Childhood. He is recipient of over 40 service and research grants and Editor of The Journal of Preventive Psychiatry, Dr. Kliman also wrote (with Life's Science Editor, Albert Rosenfeld) Responsible Parenthood, which won an international literary prize for being "world's best book concerning the well- being of children." Diplomate of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Kliman has given testimony concerning child trauma in ten states and in Federal courts. He has made numerous TV appearances concerning national disasters, speaking on The Barbara Walters Show, 20/20, Straight Talk, and numerous San Francisco stations. Dr. Kliman teaches at The San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute. He founded and directed the Foster Care Study Unit at Columbia U. College of Medicine and Surgery, where he developed controlled studies showing the effectiveness of The Personal Life History Book method. His bibliography is on His email is

Edward Oklan, M.D., M.P.H., is Director of FAMILY DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS of San Anselmo, CA. A Board Certified child and family psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, he founded the PREGNANCY TO PARENTHOOD FAMILY CENTER, a model non?profit program.

Harriet L. Wolfe, M.D. worked on the original disaster workbook, My Earthquake Story and advised on the current workbook. Dr. Wolfe is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, psychoanalyst in private practice, and President of The San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and Society.

Register at for an electronic copy of this resource: file was virus-checked by Norton anti-virus 09/29/01. Free printable download to all American Psychoanalytic Association Members. When signing in, mention on the free registration that you are Am Psan Member. Print only one copy please per recipient. If you need multiple bound preprinted copies go to online ordering page The free download is our nonprofit agency's gift of a mental health resource. Please do not print more than one copy for your personal/ professional use. Help us to help our nation's children. Email to a list of others who will appreciate this gift.

Gilbert Kliman, MD, Medical Director
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