Free PDF for New Trauma Healers


Fran S. Waters is a licensed clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Marquette, MI. She provides services to individuals, couples, and families with a variety of challenges.

Ms. Waters is an internationally recognized trainer and consultant in the field of childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation. As an invited presenter, she has conducted extensive training programs on a variety of related topics both nationally and internationally ranging from a day to 5 days in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.

Ms Waters has served as President of The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) from 2004-2005, and was the Board of Director of ISSTD from 1998-2001.

Fran’s new book has just been published, Healing the Fractured Child: Diagnosis and Treatment of Youth With Dissociation.


No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
Albert Einstein

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?

Fran shares how her various early experiences as a protective service worker serendipitously led her into the field of trauma.

A Crucial Early Mistake

Fran shares two early errors, one of which was rushing in too soon to begin exploring a client’s trauma narrative without first stabilizing the client.

Fran’s Why

There’s something deep within my gut about helping children. I believe if you’re helping children you are changing the world.

Fran’s Advice

  • Learn all you can about trauma and dissociation. Go to conferences, and don’t give up on these kids!
  • Get consultation on a regular basis with someone who can provide guidance.
  • Engage the caregivers in helping them to help their kids.
  • Take good care of yourself!

Fran’s go-to books

Interview Links

Douglas Walker, PhD
Guy Macpherson, PhD. The Trauma Therapist Live!: Presence

The Trauma Therapist Newsletter

If you’re a trauma therapist and you’re interested in learning about trauma and keeping up to date about with, well, everything trauma-related, here we go!

Events. Conferences. Workshops. Modalities. Trauma Programs. New Trauma Therapists. Trauma Therapist Spotlight. Books and articles. Trauma treatments and more.

The go-to online resource for therapists interested in learning about trauma, and keeping informed about what’s going on. Learn more here: