These are books that we have read and found to be very helpful. Some are more accessible than others, but all provided valuable insight. Workbooks are underlined.
Trauma & Neurobiological Resources
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
- Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine
- Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse by Steven R. Tracy
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith L. Herman
Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress by Elizabeth G. Vermilyea
The Developing Mind, Third Edition: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are by Daniel J. Siegel M.D., Fred Stella, et al.
It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel
The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation by Stephen W. Porges, Joe Hempel, et al.
Helpful Video Links
- This is a short video explaining the importance of childhood attachment in the role of developing a secure sense of self.
- This is a video of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a leading expert in trauma, explaining how trauma changes the brain.
- The ACE Study: This is a video that explains what the ACE Study is and its significance. Click here to watch.
- This is a video of a famous experiment that shows the profound impact adult interaction has on a child’s ability to regulate their nervous system.
- This short video gives an overview of a therapy model known as TBRI. It covers the neurological importance of a child connecting with an adult in a safe relationship, and what happens when this is interrupted.
Vital Research Studies
- The ACE Study – important because it demonstrated the impact of adverse childhood experiences on later health outcomes.
- Total Social Isolation in Monkeys–important because it demonstrated the significant role early attachment played in the development of mammals.
- Childhood Trauma, the Neurobiology of Adaptation, and “Use-dependent” Development of the Brain: How “States” Become “Traits”– important because it demonstrated that chronic stress due to trauma physically altered the development of a child’s brain in a maladpative manner.
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