Research states that almost 50% of all marriages in the United States end in separation and/or divorce.
With statistics like that, it is without a doubt that child therapists will work with children and families that have experienced divorce.
Divorce can be traumatic for children and families. Due to this, therapists should be prepared with reliable resources to support children and families who are impacted by such a dramatic change in their family system.
Today's post will share with you some awesome books to use in your work with children and families that have experienced divorce.
Two Homes by Claire Masurel
Two Homes by Claire Masurel is an incredibly child centered and kid friendly book about divorce.
In the book, the main character Alex explores how they have two of everything at each home: a chair at each home, a bed at each home, and so on.
I love the fact that the book focuses on the fact that although the homes and individuals in the homes may be different, they are both filled with love.
The book also avoids any talk about adult issues surrounding divorce, which is very helpful for particularly younger clients.
Dinosaurs Divorce by Marc Brown
Dinosaurs Divorce is written by the well known author Marc Brown who also wrote the Arthur series.
This book is a classic and has been used by therapists, teachers, parents, and families alike to support for over 25 years!
I love how this book explains feelings that children may experience in connection to divorce in addition to helping the child understand that the divorce is not their fault.
This book is particularly helpful for children and families that are involved in high conflict divorce (many of whom we see for play therapy!) since it does address reasons why individuals get divorced. The book also addresses the complexity of stepparents and one parent having more money than the other.
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
The Invisible String is a must-have book in any child therapist's library!
The book talks about the concept of how we're all connected by an invisible string and are therefore never alone.
I love using this book for children with both "little t" and "big T" traumas, divorce, grief, loss, separation anxiety and so much more!
This book can easily be adapted to children and families that are experiencing separation and divorce and how it is okay to miss their other parent or caregiver when they are not with them.
I hope these books can be valuable additions to your child therapy private practice library!
Until next time, Play On!
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