Organizations: Green Cross Academy; Association for Traumatic Stress Specialists

Books and texts:  

The Brain That Heals Itself by Norman Doidge, MD. This is the book that talks about HOW to heal the brain-- very useful and the things that work will surprise you! 

Brain science:

  • You Are the Placebo by Joe Dispenza;
  • Epigenetics, Richard Francis. 
  • Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. 
  • The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, MD
  • Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges
  • Epigentics: the ultimate mystery of inheritence by Richard F. Francis

Books and texts:

  • War and the Soul, Ed Tick
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy Degruy, PhD
  • What it's Like To Go To War, Karl Marlantes
  • When The Body Says No by Gabor Mate, MD
  • Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn,PhD
  • Brief Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress, Lori and Stephen Bisbey
  • Creation Myths, Von Franz
  • Close to the Bone: life threatening illness as a Soul Journey, Jean Bolen, MD
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy, Schauer, Neuner, Elbert
    • uses art processes and opens possibility for improvisation.
  • Collective Narrative Practice, D. Denborough
  • EFT, Gary Craig
  • Healing Invisible Wounds, Richard Mollica
  • Building Resilience to Trauma by Elaine Miller-Karas
  • Overcoming Trauma through Yoga by Emerson and Hopper
  • Parenting from the Inside Out, Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron
  • Buddha's Brain, Rick Hansen with Richard Mencius
  • Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga, David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper
  • In An Unspoken Voice, Peter Levine.
  • The Inner World of Trauma: archetypal defenses of the personal spirit, Donald Kalsched. 
  • Art and Upheaval by Bill Cleveland
  • The Writing Cure;  edited by Lepore and Smyth from Syracuse University.

  • Writing to Heal, James Pennebaker
  • Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  • Old Friend from Far Away, Natalie Goldberg
  • Writing Cures, edited by Gillie Bolton, Stephanie Howlett, Colin Lago and Jeannie Wright 
  • Writing Through The Body, by Andrea Steffens, PhD

Literary Texts:

  • The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers
  • A Long Way Gone; memoir of a boy soldier by Ishmael Beah
  • Coffins on Our Shoulders  by Khawla Abu-Baker and Dan Rabinowitz
  • The Sky Wept Fire by Chechen Freedom Fighter, Mikail Eldin;
  • Miral by Rula Jebreal;
  • The Angel of History by Carolyn Forche;
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini;
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains (biography of Paul Farmer) by Tracy Kidder;
  • On Killing by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman -- the cost of learning to kill in war and society;
  • The War Isn't Over When it's Over, women living in the ruins of war, Ann Jones; 
  • They Were Soldiers - how the wounded return from America's wars -- the untold story by Ann Jones; non-fiction:
  • Qi Gong for Beginners, a six minute, 8 movement daily practice for health by Stan Wilson -- highly recommended;
  • Loving Kindness by Sharon Salzberg;
  • Emotional Awareness by the Dalai Lama;
  • Creativity by Mathew Fox
  • Original Blessings by Mathew Fox.  
  • Rites and Symbols of Initiation: mysteries of birth and rebirth, Mircea Eliade --
    • all books by this historian of religion are very useful in understanding the human responses to life events -- including trauma and the deliberate use of traumatizing initiates in rites of passage, this man is a wizardly scholar and in danger of being lost to the contemporary student -- he wrote beginning in the mid century, past. His work is timeless and moves us away from the limits of cultural interpretations and into understanding the depths of our humanity. As we understand our collective past, we begin to see that many of the interventions we think we create actually emerge from a timeless place and are human responses expressed in different cultural contexts. We begin to see that our cultural responses as varied as they are, actually spring from the same source that has existed since we human beings invented ourselves. The human body and the human psyche evolved at the same time.

We feel film can be one of the best teachers we have.

Films we suggest -- Pray The Devil Back to Hell; The Life of Pi (what PTSD can look like); Skin; Girl Rising; Poster Girl; The Invisible War; The Whistleblower

Helpful techniques:

  • Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), Ray Smith, PhD. 
    • this is a small machine that has been successfully used to treat depression and anxiety since WWII veterans suffering from "shell shock" used it.  Research it and if you are interested in buying one you can contact us and we will put you in touch with someone who sells them inexpensively. (This is not a product we sell and we do not benefit from sales)
  • Resparate:
    • a small machine that teaches deep breathing  and used over time strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system to stimulate the calming hormones that we have naturally unless we have experience one of more Adverse Event.  It has been recognized by the FDA as a mechanism that remediates Hypertension (high blood pressure) and can is used successfully for Stress Reduction.