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Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR)

by Gerald D. French, Chrys J. Harris

[Charles Figley's Innovations in Psychology Series]

TIR is unbelievably powerful. It not only eradicates the residual effects of specific traumata, it simply obliterates debilitating baggage of all sorts. Generations of clients-to-come will trace their restoration to wholeness to this profoundly important book by French and Harris. For its two chapters on the subtle dynamics of therapist-client communication alone, Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) should be required reading in helping professional curricula of every description.

Robert H. Moore, PhD, CTS, BCETS
Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Clearwater, Florida

Brief Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder : Traumatic Incident Reduction and Related Techniques

by Lori Beth Bisbey and Stephen Bisbey

Research has demonstrated that brief therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) tends to be more successful than long-term work. Traumatic Incident Reduction is a relatively new and exciting treatment technique that has proven in studies to be more effective than the widely used direct therapeutic exposure technique. This book fills the growing need for a step-by-step practical treatment manual for PTSD using Traumatic Incident Reduction. It is an ideal companion to training workshops.
Touched With Fire : Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

by Kay Redfield Jamison

Science Editor's Recommended Book: The march of science in explaining human nature continues. In Touched With Fire, Jamison marshals a tremendous amount of evidence for the proposition that most artistic geniuses were (and are) manic depressives. This is a book of interest to scientists, psychologists, and artists struggling with the age-old question of whether psychological suffering is an essential component of artistic creativity.

An Unquiet Mind

by Kay Redfield Jamison

Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatrist, turned a mirror on the creativity so often associated with mental illness. In this book she turns that mirror on herself. With breathtaking honesty she tells of her own manic depression, the bitter costs of her illness, and its paradoxical benefits: "There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness and terror involved in this kind of madness.... It will never end, for madness carves its own reality." This is one of the best scientific autobiographies ever written, a combination of clarity, truth, and insight into human character.

Betrayal Trauma : The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse

by Jennifer J. Freyd

A cognitive psychologist illuminates the debate about recovered memories of childhood abuse by presenting her theory of why and how such memories may be repressed. Freyd argues that the childhood traumas that are most likely to be forgotten are those in which betrayal is a central factor. According to her betrayal trauma theory, forgetting certain kinds of betrayal, such as sexual abuse by a parent or trusted caretaker, is an adaptive behavior, for by blocking out knowledge of the abuse the child aligns with the caregiver and thus ensures his or her own survival.

Waking the Tiger : Healing Trauma : The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences

by Peter A. Levine, Ann Frederick

This is a fantastic book because it clarifies what we go through during trauma and how we can continue the process instead of stopping it. Once we stop it, as we humans like to do, stop the emotions, we stop the process of healing. The authors help us to understand that we can release energy that otherwise gets "stuck" within us and benefit from that release.

Traumatic Stress : The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society

by Bessel A. Van Der Kolk (Editor)

Presents the current state of research and clinical knowledge on traumatic stress and its treatment. Six sections examine the history of individual and societal responses to trauma, acute traumatic reactions, adaptations to trauma, mechanisms and processes of memory, developmental and cultural issues, and treatment issues. Highlights controversies in the field such as the role of memory, the relationships between biological and psychological processes, and legal issues.

Trauma and Recovery

by Judith Lewis Herman, MD

When Judith Herman's Trauma and Recovery was first published five years ago, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman's now classic volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new introduction, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic of trauma and recovery have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large.

Dibs in Search of Self

by Virginia M. Axline

The classic of child therapy. Dibs will not talk. He will not play. He has locked himself in a very special prison. And he is alone. This is the true story of how he learned to reach out for the sunshine, for life . . . how he came to the breathless discovery of himself that brought him back to the world of other children. This moving book is an intimate portrait of a little boy achieving, under therapy, a successful struggle for identity.

Play Therapy

by Virginia M. Axline

"The most brilliant and intuitive, as well as the clearest written, work in this field. It is unpretentious yet clearly the most authoritative work that has been published."
Norman Cameron, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine

The Growth of the Mind : And the Endangered Origins of Intelligence

by Stanley I. Greenspan, MD

One of America's most prominent psychiatrists reveals the missing link between neuroscience and the qualities that make us fully human, arguing that new child-rearing patterns and impersonal technologies may interrupt the natural development of children. Emotions, Greenspan argues, play roles in the organization of experience and behavior and even in the conceiving of abstractions; indeed, emotions affect the entire structure of personality

Banished Knowledge : Facing Childhood Injuries

by Alice Miller

Personal Growth Editor's Recommended Book: If, as a child, you were abused or neglected by someone you loved and trusted, it's likely you blamed yourself. To survive as an abused child, you struggled to forget the pain. But this tactic became a life-destroying force. It deadened your ability to feel, to be aware, to remember and, later, reemerged as unresolved rage, perhaps misdirected at your own children. Miller's conviction (In direct opposition to the Freudian drive theory)--that it's only through feeling loved and cherished that cruelty can be recognized--provides a starting point for healing.

The Drama of the Gifted Child : The Search for the True Self

by Alice Miller

As charming performers who skillfully reflect their parents expectations, far too many children grow into adults driven to greater and greater achievements by an underlying sense of worthlessness. Never allowed to express their true feelings, and having lost touch with their true selves, they act out their repressed feelings with episodes of depression and compulsive behavior. They in turn inflict the same legacy of repression on their own children.

Thou Shalt Not Be Aware : Society's Betrayal of the Child

by Alice Miller

This groundbreaking classic of child-rearing, originally published in 1984, exploded Freud's notions of "infantile sexuality" and helped bring to the world's attention the brutal reality of child abuse.

Darkness Visible : A Memoir of Madness

by William Styron

This 84-page page masterpiece by the author of Sophie's Choice gives more insight into the personal torture that is depression than any psychological text. The candor, honesty and startling ability to explain the unexplainable allows the reader to grasp what true depresssion is like. When you suffer from depression, you can't explain how you are feeling when someone asks. Fortunately, in this book, William Styron has done that for us. The best book I know to give as must read to loved ones or caretakers of someone suffering this pervasive malady.

Children and Grief : When a Parent Dies

by J. William Worden

Worden goes beyond simply sharing the results of a longitudinal study, which in itself would be helpful. He also identifies those most at risk, and discusses models for intervention. This book is a must read' for anyone in the field of childhood bereavement.

Donna L. Schuurman, Ed.D., Executive Director,
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children, Portland, Oregon

Kitchen Table Wisdom : Stories That Heal

by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Many people will know Remen, an M.D. who specializes in psycho-oncology, from the PBS series Healing and the Mind. Here Remen focuses on the healing power of stories, drawing evidence both from the experiences of her patients and from her own battle with the effects of a life-threatening disorder. This is a book about possibilities, how terror can be faced, how lessons can be learned, how healing is always possible, if not physically then emotionally.

Healing the Shame That Binds You

by John E. Bradshaw

Bradshaw has a keen insight into the haunting terrors of being ashamed of your family because of alcoholism, drug dependence, sexual abuse...he covers it all. This book is a must-read for the adult who has been raised in a traumatic setting. Healing the Shame that Binds You is a life-line to victims, and can be the first step on the road to recovery from toxic shame and other psychological problems brought on by dysfunctional family situations.

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers : An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping

by Robert M. Sapolsky

Sapolsky, a Stanford University neuroscientist, explores stress's role in PTSD, depression, heart disease, diabetes, growth retardation, memory loss, and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. In a delightfully entertaining assessment of the current new trends in psycho-neurophysiology Sapolsky highlights the studies that suggest we do have some control over stress-related ailments, based on how we perceive the stress and the kinds of social support we have.

Death and Trauma : The Traumatology of Grieving

by Charles R. Figley (Editor)

Although the fields of thanatology and traumatology have received robust attention during their parallel development, little effort has been made to address their overlapping territory. This volume is the first attempt to do so. This book achieves its goal of gathering together the most efficient and effective tools to ease the pain of grief and promote the natural process of bereavement, no matter how traumatic the circumstances.

Compassion Fatigue : Coping With Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder in Those Who Treat the Traumatized

by Charles R. Figley (Editor)

Figley, a leader in providing pertinent literature in the field of traumatic stress, offers in this volume a well-rounded summary of the current thinking about secondary traumatic stress.... Likely to become a standard reference. It combines knowledge from an array of sources about a variety of populations in diverse contexts, and is rich with useful information for both individuals and organizations. Compassion Fatigue focuses on those individuals who provide therapy to victims of PTSD - crisis and trauma counselors, Red Cross workers, nurses, doctors, and other caregivers - who themselves often become victim to secondary traumatic stress disorder (STSD) or "compassion fatigue" as a result of helping or wanting to help a traumatized person.

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