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Best Trauma Books Reviewed & Ranked

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Trauma books.

1. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2015)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & Ranked Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative…
Author(s): van der Kolk M.D., Bessel

2. Trauma Treatment Toolbox: 165 Brain-Changing Tips, Tools & Handouts to Move Therapy Forward (2019)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedThe latest research from neuroscience and psychotherapy has shown we can rewire the brain to facilitate trauma recovery.Trauma Treatment Toolbox teaches clinicians how to take that brain-based approach to trauma therapy, showing how to effectively heal clients’ brain with straightforward, easy-to-implement treatment techniques. Each tool includes a short list of post trauma symptoms, relevant research, application, and clinician tips on how to complete the exercise. – Trauma treatment roadmap, based on neuroscience – Poses and movement-based techniques – Breathing and body-based scripts – Cognitive tools – Inspiring…
Author(s): Jennifer Sweeton

3. Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship (2012)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedWritten for those working to heal developmental trauma and seeking new tools for self-awareness and growth, this book focuses on conflicts surrounding the capacity for connection. Explaining that an impaired capacity for connection to self and to others and the ensuing diminished aliveness are the hidden dimensions that underlie most psychological and many physiological problems, clinicians Laurence Heller and Aline LaPierre introduce the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), a unified approach to developmental, attachment, and shock trauma that, while not…
Author(s): Heller Ph.D., Laurence, LaPierre Psy.D., Aline

4. Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom (2016)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedWinner of the 2017 Association of American Publishers Golden Lamp Judges award.In this galvanizing book for all educators, Kristin Souers and Pete Hall explore an urgent and growing issue—childhood trauma—and its profound effect on learning and teaching.Grounded in research and the authors’ experience working with trauma-affected students and their teachers, Fostering Resilient Learners will help you cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings. The authors—a…
Author(s): Kristin Souers, Pete Hall

5. Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others (2009)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedA longtime trauma worker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll taken on those working to make the world a better place. We may feel tired, cynical, or numb or like we can never do enough. These, and other symptoms, affect us individually and collectively, sapping the energy and effectiveness we so desperately need if we are to benefit humankind, other living things, and the planet itself. In Trauma Stewardship, we are called to meet these challenges in an intentional way—to keep from becoming overwhelmed by developing a quality of mindful presence. Joining the…
Author(s): van Dernoot Lipsky, Laura, Connie Burk

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedWinner of the 2011 International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) Pierre Janet Writing Award.A patient-oriented manual for complex trauma survivors. This training manual for patients who have a trauma-related dissociative disorder includes short educational pieces, homework sheets, and exercises that address ways in which dissociation interferes with essential emotional and life skills, and support inner communication and collaboration with dissociative parts of the personality. Topics include understanding dissociation and PTSD, using inner reflection, emotion regulation, coping with…
Author(s): Suzette Boon , Kathy Steele , et al.

7. Attachment: 60 Trauma-Informed Assessment and Treatment Interventions Across the Lifespan (2018)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedIn a society that values independence, self-preservation and individualistic thinking, we are missing the key to fulfillment: Simple, is the way that we connect to each other. Without attachment, people feel alone to deal with challenges they face, which leads to distress, dysfunction and mental health disorders. It is possible to repair dysfunctional attachment, but first it is necessary to recognize attachment style, unhealthy relationship patterns, and the impact they are having.Improve your client’s relationships by teaching them Dr….
Author(s): Christina Reese

8. Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror (2015)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedTrauma and Recovery is revered as the seminal text on understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Harvard psychiatrist Judith Herman argues that psychological trauma is inseparable from its social and political context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war. Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most important psychiatry works to be published since Freud,” Trauma and Recovery is…
Author(s): Judith L. Herman

9. Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors (2017)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedHealing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors integrates a neurobiologically informed understanding of trauma, dissociation, and attachment with a practical approach to treatment, all communicated in straightforward language accessible to both client and therapist. Readers will be exposed to a model that emphasizes “resolution”―a transformation in the relationship to one’s self, replacing shame, self-loathing, and assumptions of guilt with compassionate acceptance. Its unique interventions have been adapted from a number of cutting-edge therapeutic approaches, including Sensorimotor…
Author(s): Janina Fisher

10. 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward (2013)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedThis is the workbook that all mental health professionals wish they had at the beginning of their careers. Containing to effectively deal with trauma, this workbook pulls together a wide array of treatments into one concise resource. Equally useful in both group and individual settings, these interventions will , as well as expand and solidify the professional’s expertise.Tools and techniques drawn from the most effective trauma modalities:- Art Therapy- CBT- DBT- EFT- EMDR- Energy Psychology- Focusing- Gestalt Therapy- Guided Imagery- Mindfulness- Psychodrama- Sensorimotor Psychology- Somatic Experiencing and…
Author(s): Linda Curran

11. Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma (2013)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedComplex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A GUIDE AND MAP FOR RECOVERING FROM CHILDHOOD TRAUMA…
Author(s): Pete Walker

12. Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body (2011)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedSurvivors of trauma—whether abuse, accidents, or war—can end up profoundly wounded, betrayed by their bodies that failed to get them to safety and that are a source of pain. In order to fully heal from trauma, a connection must be made with oneself, including one’s body. The trauma-sensitive yoga described in this book moves beyond traditional talk therapies that focus on the mind, by bringing the body actively into the healing process. This allows trauma survivors to cultivate a more positive relationship to their body through gentle breath, mindfulness, and movement practices….
Author(s): David Emerson , Elizabeth Hopper, et al.

13. Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Women’s Workbook (2000)

 Best Trauma Books Reviewed & RankedTrauma can turn your world upside down; afterward, nothing may look safe or familiar. And, if you are a woman, studies show that you are twice as likely than your male counterparts to suffer from the effects of a traumatic event sometime during your life. Whether the trauma is physical, sexual, or emotional, these events can overwhelm you, destroying your sense of being in control and altering your attachments to others. If left unaddressed, the resulting psychological trauma can lead you to a wide range of destructive symptoms like anxiety, depression, substance abuse, phobias,…
Author(s): Copeland MS MA, Mary Ellen, Harris PhD, Maxine

Best Trauma Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some trauma books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Chakra Empowerment for Women: Self-Guided Techniques for Healing Trauma, Owning Your Power & Finding Overall Wellness

Author(s): Lisa Erickson
ID: 2449999, Publisher: Llewellyn Publications, Year: 8 Dec 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Format: epub

My Cat Has Died: What Do I Do?: Making Decisions and Healing The Trauma of Pet Loss

Author(s): Wendy Van de Poll
ID: 2380771, Publisher: Center For Pet Loss Grief, LLC, Year: 27 Aug 2016, Size: 296 Kb, Format: epub

Traumatic Imprints: Performance, Art, Literature and Theoretical Practice

Author(s): Catherine Barrette, Bridget Haylock, and Danielle Mortimer
ID: 2887172, Publisher: Brill, Year: 25 Sep 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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