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Family violence has many adverse effects on children who witness the abuse. In her book, The Cryin' House, author Julee S. Poole gives voice to the children who are growing up in a violent home environment.
The book explores the pain and suffering that these silent victims have to go through and the dynamics of the family. Readers will be gripped by the dismal reality of domestic violence and its effects on children. At the same time, they will realize that there is hope and steps to be taken to help the child and their family. Although presented in the wrappings of a picture book, there are glimpses of truth embedded beneath the storyline. This is a gateway for children to explore their feelings and an opportunity for adults to provide effective support.
About the Author
Julee S. Poole, Ph.D. has a Master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN and a Doctoral degree in Family Psychology from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. She is an International Coach Academy Certified Professional Coach and a Board Credential Coach.
Dr. Poole has 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She is a family advocacy interventionist in her work with victims of family violence. She has co-presented in regional, national, and international conferences in the area of family violence, in which she examines the impact of family violence on children and how professionals can work to decrease this impact. She is contributing author of Children of Trauma: When Hitting Hits Home, a manual for professionals treating children of family violence.
Dr. Poole has ten years of higher education teaching experience, teaching Psychology and Counseling courses for several universities, guiding future professionals in the field of mental health. She is the owner of The Path Life Coaching (www.ThePathLifeCoaching.com), a life coaching organization working with children, adolescents, and families.
About the Illustrator
Elizabeth Morgan Conwell, M.A. is a visual artist who received her BFA from Austin Peay State University in 2009, with a focus in Studio Art. Conwell has taught through the Tennessee-based Community School of the Arts over the past several years. There, she specialized in private art lessons, watercolor classes, and ceramics for children and adults. After obtaining her Master’s in the Arts of Teaching from Austin Peay she moved back to her native Kentucky, to pursue a career in teaching and current artistic endeavors.