Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy, David Emerson – This, by the gentleman who coined the term trauma-sensitive yoga. In the words of Babette Rothschild, author of The Body Remembers and 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery, Emerson perceptively identifies the disruption of the mind/body relationship as a major consequence of PTSD. Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapytargets the repair of this rupture. The sensitively adapted, easily applied interventions are tailored to the needs of this fragile population. This book is a welcome adjunct to professional treatment as well as self-help, and it can also serve as a guide for yoga and meditation teachers, helping to adjust their established practices to better serve traumatized individuals and populations.
Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy, Pat Ogden – Pat Ogden does an incredible job here of winnowing down into book form the passion and power of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SPI). Intended both for clinician and client, alike, this book breaks down what it means to work with trauma and the body. If you're just getting introduced to the idea of trauma and its impact on the body and beginning to learn about what it means to work in this way, this is your new bible.
Waking The Tiger, Peter A. Levine – Another classic. And one for a reason. Peter Levine introduces us to the way trauma impacts the body. And in so doing, he lays out a plan of treatment that incorporates allowing the trauma and the associated energy to move its way through the body as its energy dissipates in the process. Another great interview guest: episodes 37 and 38.
Internal Family Systems Therapy, Richard C. Schwartz Ph.D. – Another favorite of mine. In my opinion, Richard Schwartz has developed a model of treatment, with the use of parts, that allows both therapists and clients to understand, view and treat trauma through a lens of compassion. I had Richard on the podcast on episode 163 and on that episode he actually used me as a client to illustrate exactly how he works.
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Bruce Perry, MD – Probably my all-time favorite and highest recommendation. This book lays out in case-presentation form not only the many ways trauma can impact young kids, but it also details those crucial aspects of this work that we, as trauma workers, need to cultivate--an open heart, compassion, deep caring, and the willingness to be in relationship with another person--if we are going to immerse ourselves in this kind of treatment.
Trauma and Recovery, Judith Herman – Curious about the #1 most-recommended book on the podcast? This is it. Judith Herman set the stage for conceptualizing trauma treatment by outlining the tri-phasic model. Very informative, easy to read, and integral for anyone taking steps along their trauma-informed path.
Trauma Competency: A Clinician’s Guide, Linda Curran BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDP-D – Highly recommended. Linda has written a definitive go-to guide for all clinicians working in the trauma field, but one that I think is perfectly suited for those beginning their trauma informed journey. The content is well organized, provides a lot of useful theory as well as practical skills for working with traumatized individuals.
The Body Keeps The Score, Bessel van der Kolk, MD – So much already has been written about this book, by the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Suffice to say, that if you're in this field you should have this book tucked under your arm. If you're even considering getting into this field then this phenomenal and inspiring work would be one of my first recommendations. Yes, it's that good!