Frederique Lambrakis-Haddad

Trauma and Teens: A Guide and Toolbox for Working Towards Wellbeing in Schools and Homes


A straightforward, jargon-free book that draws on educational and psychological theory, first-hand experience and a series of interactive case studies to explore how we can become better parents and educators of our teens when faced with trauma.

Teens themselves may also want to read this book with an adult because the book engages the reader visually and also with “discussion” questions which are specifically targeting teens and the adults around them.  This book hopes to promote discussion and communication between teens and their parents/carers and teachers.



Trauma and Teens aims to create increased therapeutic and empathetic understanding of adolescents and their traumas. Part One addresses four types of trauma – acute, chronic, complex, and historic or transgenerational – through a series of case studies. The author uses the voice of the teen, the voice of the parent or carer and the voice of the educator to present each case in detail, complete with suggested interventions. Part Two focuses on simplifying therapeutic concepts such as attachment theory and the stages of grief, and the final chapter offers strategies for ongoing management in the form of a ‘trauma toolbox’. This comprises grounding techniques for calming down or boosting energy, advice for self-care via good sleep and nutrition, and guidance for enabling troubled young people to feel secure, open up and begin the healing process by cultivating an attitude of PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy).


Frederique Lambrakis-Haddad

Frederique has more than twenty years of experience working as a trauma therapist with people in diverse and deprived areas in both the UK and the USA.

In the USA, she spent ten years in inner city Washington DC working with young people and adults who had experienced significant sexual, emotional and physical abuse and neglect. Since arriving in the UK 16 years ago, she has worked as a lead clinician, staff trainer and senior leader for students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health challenges in Sussex primary and secondary schools.

Frederique holds a BA from UCLA, an MA in International Relations from Tufts University and a MSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland. She is the founder and lead practitioner of Trauma Inform, a training and consultancy firm specialising in trauma and its impact (


Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd

Publication Date: April 2022

ISBN: 9781803880082


Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Bullying

Chapter 2: Parental abuse and neglect

Chapter 3: Identity issues

Chapter 4: Body image disorder

Chapter 5: Undiagnosed neurodiversity

Chapter 6: Natural disasters and pandemics

Chapter 7: Family problems


Chapter 8: Grief and loss

Chapter 9: Attachment theory and styles

Chapter 10: Trauma and our bodies


Chapter 11: Working with PACE

Chapter 12: Self-regulation techniques

Chapter 13: The importance of self-care

Chapter 14: Key strategies for parents and carers

Chapter 15: Key strategies for educators




  1. Graham Music | Psychotherapist, Trainer, Lecturer and Author

    This is an excellent book and resource, packed with important research and clinically backed information about ways of working with trauma, with a deep understanding of the risks of adolescence and lots of solid ideas about how to work with these issues.

  2. Zoe Lyons | Comedian, Mock the Week star & Host of Lightning

    “had this book been available to me as a teen it would have been enormously beneficial”

    This book is an invaluable resource for anyone who parents, cares for or educates teens who are experiencing trauma in any of its forms. It is rich with insight, advice and detail but still remains very accessible to any reader, including teenagers themselves allowing them to have a greater understanding of the situations they are experiencing and their reactions to the challenging world around them.

    Every adult knows that the adolescent years are seldom straightforward but for some the addition of trauma can make those early years extremely distressing and confusing. Not only for the adolescent but also for those teachers and family around them. This book will guide the reader to a better understanding of the impact of trauma on young lives and help to develop the tools required to achieve more positive outcomes. Ultimately helping teenagers to become happier and healthier adults. Frederique covers all aspects of wellbeing for teens from having better conversations to the impact of sleep, nutrition and the importance of play. I know from personal experiences that had this book been available to me as a teen it would have been enormously beneficial when dealing with challenges I was facing.

    Any book that helps teenagers move away from the often self-destructive behavioural patterns connected with shame and guilt and move towards better awareness and a less stressful happier life is a must.

  3. Cheryl Giovannoni | CEO of Girls Day School Trust

    ” filled with insightful and practical resources”

    Do not be misled by the simplicity of the pen portraits that sketch out the challenges so many of us face as parents and educators. This book is filled with insightful and practical resources that will give you greater confidence in dealing with the complexities that Covid in particular has exacerbated for young people. It will also give you greater self-awareness and appreciation of the qualities you might bring to the table in providing support to whoever you are here to help, and however much they might need you.

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