Learning is a life long process

We are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us,  meaning that each voice contributes to the body of knowledge increasing our ability to do better with each passing year.

It is likely that we will be challenging our own work in 10 years because we will have evolved our body of understanding and knowledge through a commitment to learning, research and connecting with others in an open way.

So often we come across “Leaders” in the field who once were “pioneers”.  They were once dedicated to challenging the status quo and making things better– but then they get stuck in what they are doing and become “guardians” of old ways.

We hope that we never become guardians- but to maintain that pioneer spirit.  In order to do that-  we cannot become attached or married to any one paradigm, program or practice.

We must remain committed to the possibility that “we can do better”.  We must remain committed to “Change”.  In order to that-  we have to be “Life Long Learners”.

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We have compiled a list of books, movies and films that we think are amazing and have really contributed in one way or another to our curriculum and body of knowledge.  They are not in any particular order, but they are all highly recommended.

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Living with Mental Health:

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Lets Pretend this Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson

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Brene Brown is one of our heros!  Her work has had a huge impact on the work that we do!  I highly recommend all of her books:

Men, Women and Worthiness: The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enough

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage

I thought it was just me (but it isn’t):  Making the Journey from “What will People Think” to “I Am Enough”

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let go of who you think your supposed to be and embrace who you are

Daring Greatly:  How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead.

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Rising Strong:  The Reckoning.  The Rumble.  The Revolution


Trauma Informed Care-  our “current standard” and best expectation:

Trauma Stewardship:  An everyday guide to care for self while care for others
by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel van der Kolk

Restoring Sanctuary:  A New Operating System for Trauma Informed Systems of Care  by Sandra L. Bloom and Brain Farragher

Becoming Trauma Informed
Edited by Nancy Poole and Lorraine Greaves

101 Trauma Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward    by Linda Curran

Trauma Informed Treatment:  The Restorative Approach
by Patricia Wilcox

Trauma Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents
by William Steele and Cathy A. Malchiodi

Sex Trafficking Prevention:  A Trauma Informed Approach for Parents and Professionals by Savannah Sanders

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga:  Reclaiming your Body
by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper

A Comprehensive Guide to:  Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Michael L. Wehmeyer,  Ivan Brown,  Maire Percy,  Karrie Shogren,  Wai Lun Alan Fung
(This one seems counter- but we are borrowing from this field to develop Trauma Informed Strategies to communicate with people who are experiencing high stress and trauma.    This community has done a lot of work in the area of “Self-Determination” and communicating with people in a way that a stressed out mind might be better able to hear).

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We are more than “clients” or “victims” or “survivors”- we are people with complicated experiences. Please try to understand the complexity of being human.

  • 13 Reasons Why  by Jay Asher
  • My Story by Elizabeth Smart
  • The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser
  • The Sum of My Parts by Olga Trujillo
  • A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  • College Girl by Laura Gray-Rosendale

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What is Trauma??

Trauma and Memory:  Brain and Body in Search for the Living Past by Peter Levine

Walking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
by Peter Levine

Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of Violence from Domestic Violence to Political Terror
by Judith Herman

The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog: and other stories form a child psychologists notebook  by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz

Trauma Proofing your Kids:  A Parents Guid for instilling confidence, joy and resilience by Peter Levine and Maggie Kline

Healing Trauma:  A Body Based Approach by Peter Levine

Mindfulness Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices edited by Victoria M. Follette, John Briere, Deborah Rozelle, James W. Hopper and David Rome

Rising Above the Scars by Johnnetta McSwain

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On Love:


Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered
by Maia Szalavitz and Bruce Perry

All About Love:  New Visions by bell hooks

The Brain:

Unthinkable:  An Extraordinary Journey Through the Worlds Strangest Brains
by Helen Thomson

A Calm Brain:  How to Relax into a Stress- Free High-Powered Life
by Gayatri Devi

The Brain:  The Story of You  by David Eagleman

How Emotions are Made:  The Secret Life of the Brain
by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt

Blink:  The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Television:

The Brain with David Eagleman
PBS (can be found on Amazon Prime

Academia:

Stress Signalling Pathways That Impair Prefrontal Cortex Structure and Function by Amy F. T. Arnsten The prefrontal cortex (PFC) — the most evolved brain region — subserves our highest-order cognitive abilities. However, it is also the brain region that is most sensitive to the detrimental effects of stress exposure. Even quite mild acute uncontrollable stress can cause a rapid and dramatic loss of prefrontal cognitive abilities, and more prolonged stress exposure causes architectural changes in prefrontal dendrites. Recent research has begun to reveal the intracellular signalling pathways that mediate the effects of stress on the PFC. This research has provided clues as to why genetic or environmental insults that disinhibit stress signalling pathways can lead to symptoms of profound prefrontal cortical dysfunction in mental illness.

The Psychological Impact of Rape Victims’ Experiences With the Legal, Medical, and Mental Health Systems  by Rebecca Campbell Michigan State University This review article examines rape victims’ experiences seeking postassault assistance from the legal, medical, and mental health systems and how those interactions impact their psychological well-being.

Childhood Trauma, the Neurobiology of Adaptation, and “Use-dependent” Development of the Brain:
How “States” Become “Traits”  byDr. Bruce Perry et al    The impact of traumatic experiences on the development and function of the brain are discussed in context of basic principles of neurodevelopment. There are various adaptive mental and physical responses to trauma, including physiological hyperarousal and dissociation.

The Temporal Dynamics Model of Emotional Memory Processing: A Synthesis on the Neurobiological Basis of Stress-Induced Amnesia, Flashbulb and Traumatic Memories, and the Yerkes-Dodson Law  byDavid M. Diamond, et al      A review of research on the effects of stress on LTP in the hippocampus, amygdala and prefrontal cortex (PFC) and present new findings which provide insight into how the attention and memory-related functions of these structures are influenced by strong emotionality.

Human emotion and memory: interactions of the amygdala and hippocampal complex  byElizabeth A. Phelps The amygdala and hippocampal complex, two medial temporal lobe structures, are linked to two independent memory systems, each with unique characteristic functions. In emotional situations, these two systems interact in subtle but important ways.

The Neurological Basis of Anxiety of Fear: Circuits, Mechanisms, and Neurochemical Reactions (Part 1) by Dennis S. Charney, et al This review seeks to highlight how specific neuronal circuits, neural mechanisms, and neuromodulators may play a critical role in anxiety and fear states.

Trauma and Memory by Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD The present paper reviews the literature on traumatic memories and discusses the recent neuroimaging studies which seem to clarify the neurobiological underpinnings of the differences between ordinary and traumatic memories.

Translational Challenges With Tonic Immobility
  by Lori A. Zoellner Drawing heavily from the nonhuman animal literature, understanding of tonic immobility (TI), a sustained and involuntary physical immobility, may yield clear clinical implications and strong future translational research.

Exploring the Nature of Traumatic Memory: Combining Clinical Knowledgewith Laboratory Methods  by Bessel A. van der Kolk, James W. Hopper Janet E. Osterman We assessed changes in traumatic memory characteristics over time and differences between memories of subjects with and without current Posttraumatic Stress Disorder..

Why Rape and Trauma Survivors Have Fragmented and Incomplete Memories  by James Hopper and David Lisak In the midst of assault, the brain’s fear circuitry takes over while other key parts are impaired or even effectively shut down. This is the brain reacting to a life­ threatening situation just the way it is supposed to.

Dissociative Detachment and Memory Impairment: Reversible Amnesia or Encoding Failure?  byJon G, Allen, David A, Console, and Lisa Lewis The authors describe how dissociative attachment may be intertwined with neurobiological factors that impair memory.

Movies:

The Invisible War:  Combating Military Sexual Trauma
(featuring our own Russell Strand)

The Hunting Ground: and Expose of Sexual Violence on College Campuses, Institutional Responses

Do you have recommendations for us?
Email: myrastrand@russellstrand.com