During the holiday season I’ve been going back and republishing some episodes.
Last week it was Gabor Mate’s, this week it’s Bruce Perry.
When I read Bruce Perry’s book, The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, there was really no question that, though there were aspects to the subject and reality of trauma that I found very daunting, I knew I was in the right field.
What so absorbed me in Bruce Perry’s book, and the way he worked, was that he seemed to so clearly embody the humaneness of the therapist that I felt was required to do this work, while also obviously having a command of the neurobiology of trauma.
So, yes, I was more than a bit nervous when I invited him and then he agreed to be on the podcast.
If you haven’t listened to this one, do yourself a favor.
Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. He serves as the inaugural Senior Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute.
Dr. Perry is the author, along with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.
His most recent multimedia books, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma, and Society and RESILIENT: Six Core Strengths for Healthy Development were released in 2013.
Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.