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Finally, I heartily concur with Diller's recommendation that the therapist actively intervene to keep the trauma event from becoming an organizing or defining force in the life of the child and/or family. That was the whole purpose behind the bracketing of the fall in the well as a single event that wouldn't recur through the symbolic language of play that even a 29-month-old child could understand.

David Crenshaw, Ph.D., is founder of the Rhinebeck Child and Family Center in Rhinebeck, New York. He's the author of several books on child and adolescent psychotherapy, including Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Engagement of Children and Adolescents. His latest, edited book is Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Wounded Spirits and Healing Paths. Contact: Letters to the Editor about this department may be e-mailed to

Lawrence Diller, M.D., practices behavioral pediatrics and family therapy in Walnut Creek, California. He's the author of Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society and Performance in a Pill. His latest book is The Last Normal Child: Essays on the Intersection of Kids, Culture, and Psychiatric Drugs. Contact:; website:

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