R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP and Amy King, PhD
Available: June 26, 2024
In this engaging, approachable book, a pediatrician and a psychologist walk step by step through the transformational process of creating a trauma-informed practice. They begin with essential concepts such as the debate over “ACE screening,” then share how to prepare an organization for change, assess risks to relational health, support caregivers, use resilience-based interventions, and finally how to sustain a trauma-responsive practice. Reflecting the authors’ call for interdisciplinary collaboration, the book is presented as a dialogue between two experts, describing how they collaborated on their own practice transformation—including both the pitfalls and the factors that made the process successful.
A growing body of research shows that early relational health is the essential factor in building resilience in children to buffer the effects of trauma and adversity and prevent toxic stress from occurring. This hands-on guide shows how to help build safe, stable, nurturing relationships between children and caregivers, and how to be responsive not just to children’s trauma, but to their parents’ as well. In the hands of Gillespie and King, what may seem like an overwhelming undertaking becomes one that we can—and must—undertake to fully support the health and wellbeing of children.
R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP
R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP, is a pediatrician in private practice in Portland, Oregon. He does consultation on practice-based quality improvement, particularly in the areas of screening and assessments that support early relational health, and has participated in multiple national and statewide screening initiatives through the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Oregon Pediatric Society, and the Children’s Health Alliance, amongst others.
Amy King, PhD
Amy King, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who provides training, consultation, and education to professionals and organizations. She specializes in trauma-informed work and resilience building. Dr. King has served as a statewide trainer for the Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare, and as a subject matter expert to promote child wellness in pediatric settings on behalf of Children’s Health Alliance.