For more information about Real Life Heroes® Training Programs or Practitioner Consultation, or to arrange RLH Training Programs, please contact Richard Kagan Ph.D. by email:  Comments, feedback and suggestions regarding use of Real Life Heroes are very welcome..

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Real Life Heroes® (RLH) is a practitioner-developed and evidence-supported treatment program that has been successfully implemented in a wide range of child and family service, educational, and mental health treatment programs for 18 years.  RLH provides practitioners with easy-to-use tools including a life storybook, practitioner’s manual, multi-sensory creative arts activities, and psycho education resources to engage children and caregivers in evidence-supported trauma treatment. RLH helps practitioners reframe referrals based on pathologies and blame into a shared ‘journey,’ a ‘pathway’ to healing and recovery.  The RLH Toolkit for Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Families includes assessment, service and session planning guidelines that promote integrated treatment and team work focused on restoring (or building) emotionally supportive and enduring relationships and promoting development of affect regulation skills for children and caregivers. Creative arts, movement activities, mindfulness, and shared life story work provide a means for children and caregivers to develop the safety and attunement needed for re-integration of traumatic memories.   

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'Ready-to-go' Toolkit

for Treatment of Complex Trauma

Can Be Used with Other Evidence-Supported Treatment Models to Engage Children and Caregivers Who Have Experienced Multiple Traumas, Family Violence, and the Disruption of Children's Attachments

Works Well with Children and Adolescents with Intellectual Deficits and Developmental Disabilities



Resiliency-Focused Treatment
for Children and Families with Traumatic Stress