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Parent in jail

Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents

Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents

No. 9192

by Stacey Burgess, LCSW; Tonia Caselman, PhD, LCSW; and Jennifer Carsey, MSW

A book for counselors, social workers, psychologists and teachers who work with children ages 7-12 with a parent in jail or prison. It is designed so that work can be done individually or in small groups. Each chapter includes a brief literature review, suggestions for additional support, discussion questions, fictional letters between a boy and his incarcerated father, activities, and reproducible worksheets.

Topics include:

  • Understanding What Happened
  • Building a Support System
  • Dealing with Shame
  • Allowing for Grief
  • Acknowledging Trauma
  • Developing a Positive Identity
  • Learning to Ensure Success
  • Handling Angry Feelings
  • Building Positive Relationships
  • Planning for the Future
  • 104 pp.


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