Susan Byrne Children's Book - Sierra Cloud: A True Story about a Horse with Courage
Sierra Cloud: A True Story about a Horse with Courageby Susan Byrne, M.A., LMFT is a full-color children's book sensitively and powerfully addressing sexual abuse.
The book is about a one-year old filly (a young female horse) who is sexually assaulted by a stallion that gets loose one night. When Sierra Cloud returns home, she experiences many of the feelings that human child victims of sexual abuse experience.
Told from Sierra Cloud's point of view, the story allows children to identify with the horse and project their feelings onto the animal. When Sierra Cloud is finally able to tell someone she trusts about the assault, her healing and recovery begin. Children learn that speakng out is a way to stop abuse, and the story emphasizes the courage it takes for any victim to tell about abuse.
This book has been read and edited by Master's and Ph.D. level mental health clinicians as well as by lay persons who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. While designed for children ages 5-12 for use in therapeutic settings,Sierra Cloudmay provide insight and healing to all ages.
"As the parent of a sexually abused son, I see this book as long overdue. The healing will only start when our children, just like Sierra Cloud, open up and talk about it. Susan has allowed children to identify with a most beautiful and brave horse. Could there be a better way to begin the journey to recovery?"- Parent of a sexually abused adolescent
"The first client I used Sierra Cloud with was an adult. It gently opened a chapter of her life and provided an opportunity for healing. She was so moved I even gave her a copy of the journal."- Kali Miller, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
"I do a group with children who have survived sexual abuse. Due to other diagnoses such as Reactive Attachment Disorder and ADHD, the group is typically quite rambunctious. When I read them Sierra Cloud, the children were still and silent. At the end of the story several children spontaneously shared how their experiences were the same or different from Sierra Cloud's."- Kali Miller, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Companion Materials - Sierra Cloud Writing and Drawing Journal for clients to use along with the book andEquine Assisted Psychotherapy Activity Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse providing session ideas to be used specifically addressing sexual abuse issues.