Healing the Child Within

Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families

About the Course:

Dr. Whitfield in Healing the Child Within describes the journey of discovery and healing our fears, confusion, and unhappiness. This book begins where many others describing adult children of alcoholics have left off. It also describes and develops the concept of adult children of troubled or dysfunctional families in general, rather than focusing only on the alcoholic family. Members of Twelve-step Self-help groups will find this book especially useful in their own recovery work, both within and outside of their meetings.


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Charles L. Whitfield, M.D.

About the Author:

Charles L. Whitfield is medical director of The Resource Group Counseling Center in Baltimore and is on the faculty of Rutgers Summer School on Alcohol Studies and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about discovery and recovery for adult children of dysfunctional families. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the concept of the child within, including the background of the concept, the definition of the child within, and conditions that can cause the child within to be stifled.

  2. Explain the dynamics of shame and low self-esteem, and the role of stress and post-traumatic stress disorder on the child within.

  3. Identify methods of healing the child within, including beginning to deal with core issues, identifying and experiencing feelings, telling personal stories, and the role of spirituality in the healing process.

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