A little help for little survivors

Information about the Trauma Picture Book Project (August 2020)

For children with traumatic experience and their families you find on this website two counselling tools, a Trauma Picture Book and a Trauma Picture Sheet. By reading, painting and playing the children and their parents gain a better understanding of the effect of post-traumatic stress upon their present situation. It just does not disappear once you are in a safe(r) place. Tips are given on how to feel better: with help of parents and supporters, by own activities and possibly with the help of a trauma therapist.

The Trauma Picture Book (first edition, 2014) is primarily made for children. It contains the story of a child, who grows up in a peaceful surrounding, who was traumatized during a war, whose family fled to a safe country or place and at least were able to free themselves from the traumatic experience. For the parents it contains basic explanations about trauma and trauma help. Children find suggestions for drawing and playing with the figures.

in the-boat

“in the boat” – A little girl drew this picture in a Greek refugee camp supported by Prof. em. in Clinical Psychology, University of Athens Anastasia Kalantzi-Azizi

The Trauma Picture Sheet (first edition, 2019) is made especially for parents. It shows them by pictures with only a headline how children may react to traumatic experiences, what makes children’s fears even bigger and what parents can do themselves to sooth the injured soul of their children.

tara shawkat-ercosman

Tara Shawkat Ercosman – graduated pedagogue, trauma counsellor, Germany, giving further education in Iraq using the trauma counselling tools

I created both booklets supported by therapists of different methods. A great number of volunteers translated it into many languages, a graphic designer helped to publish it on the website www.susannestein.de.
Both booklets are available as free downloads. It is also possible to get hard copies printed by the GEW. Just write an email to me susanne.stein@hamburg.de.

Until now the booklets – as far as I know – are used in Europe as well as in Syria, Turkey, the Ukraine and Iraq for counselling families and for further education of teachers and other supporters.

The following activities belong to this project

  • Writing and painting booklets for trauma help

  • Cooperation with experts, translators and publisher

  • Publishing the booklets and sending hard copies to private people and organisations

  • Giving workshops about the question how to use the booklets and about trauma-sensible education for refugees in schools, kindergardens and children’s care facilities.

Information about the cooperation with the German Friends of the University of Haifa can be found here.

workshop for-teachers

Your feedback or a question is welcome. Please write to susanne.stein@hamburg.de