This programme arose from working with children in care. Such children are at a high
risk of future health problems, both physical and emotional, given their exposure to
adverse life events – many of them traumatic. While there is little that can be done to
take away a risk factor, you can do something to mitigate it and reduce the chance
of it developing its negative potential. This is why the self-soothing programme was
developed – to combat everyday and extraordinary stress.
This manual provides a range of techniques that can be used by anyone, from children
who have experienced trauma or unstable home lives, to the parents struggling to
care for them, and from members of the emergency services, to any workers at risk of
experiencing secondary post-traumatic stress disorder. It will prove valuable to anyone
working with these vulnerable or traumatised groups, including counselling services,
therapists, CAMH services, children’s services, fostering agencies, post-adoption support,
schools and independent sector providers of services for children and young people.