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Cahill, Kevin M., PhD (editor).  More with Less - Disasters in an Era of Diminishing Resources.  

This book analyzes the global economic forecast and the United Nations pattern of philanthropy, provides a case study of how one nation with a tradition of giving will cope in the face of a marked reduction in flexible funds, and then provides thoughtful chapters on new approaches to disaster preparedness and disaster response. Among the contributors are the Director of UNESCO, the UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Assistance, the Secretary General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, and fresh suggestions from three well-known global entrepreneurs


Chödrön, Pema.  When Things Fall Apart - Heart Advice for Difficult Times. 

A collection of talks Chödrön gave between 1987 and 1994, the book is a treasury of wisdom for living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties. She discusses how to use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage;  practices for reversing habitual patterns; methods for working with chaotic situations and ways for creating effective social action.


Damasio, Antonio.  The Feeling of What Happens - Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness.  

A gifted medical clinician and scientific thinker, Damasio examines the biological roots of consciousness and its role in our survival, guiding readers to ask and answer questions about what it is to be human. His elegant investigation of feeling and emotion offers a new understanding of the conscious mind and, as the New York Times has noted, “will change your experience of yourself.”


de Becker, Gavin.  The Gift of Fear - And Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence. 

True fear is a gift. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference.  Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss.


Greenspan, Stanley I., M.D. (with Jacqueline Salmon).  Playground Politics - Understanding the Emotional Life of Your School-Age Child.  

Look at the neglected middle years of childhood—from kindergarten to junior high—and understand the enormous emotional challenges these children are facing. In witty, vivid stories, Dr. Greenspan brings to life the major emotional milestones of these years, when children move from the shelter of the family to the harsh rivalries of “playground politics,” and toward an independent self image.


Goodyear-Brown, Paris.  Play Therapy with Traumatized Children - A Prescriptive Approach.

Introducing a practical model of play therapy for traumatized children, the author shares the process in her approach, Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy (FSPT).  The FSPT model demystifies play-based trauma treatment by outlining the scope and sequence of post traumatic play therapy and providing detailed guidance for clinicians at each step of the process. Case histories drawn from fifteen years of clinical practice dramatically demonstrate the process of healing in with traumatized children.


Hanna, Thomas.  Somatics - Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health.

Hanna demonstrates that so many problems we accept as inevitable over time - chronic stiffness, bad back, chronic pain, fatigue, and even high blood pressure - need never occur if we maintain conscious control of nerve and muscle, a state which he calls sensory-motor awareness. This gentle program can help almost anyone maintain the pleasures of a supple, healthy body indefinitely, with only a daily five-minute routine.


Karr-Morse, Robin (with Meredith S. Wiley).  Scared Sick - The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease.  

Robin Karr-Morse connects psychology, neurobiology, endocrinology, immunology, and genetics to demonstrate how chronic fear in infancy and early childhood lies at the root of common diseases in adulthood. Based on the latest research, Scared Sick unveils a major public health crisis. Highlighting case studies and cutting-edge scientific findings, she shows how our innate fight-or-flight system can injure us if overworked in the early stages of life.


Levine, Peter A., PhD.  In an Unspoken Voice - How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness.  

Based on the idea that trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, Levine shares that an injury is caused by fright, helplessness and loss that can be healed by engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions. Enriched with a coherent theoretical framework and compelling case examples, the book elegantly blends the latest findings in biology, neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy to show that when we bring together animal instinct and reason, we can become more whole human beings.


Levine, Peter A., PhD (with Ann Frederick).   Waking the Tiger - Healing Trauma.  

Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through heightened awareness of these sensations, trauma can be healed.


Lowen, Alexander, M.D.  Depression and the Body - The Biological Basis of Faith and Reality.

This inspiring book explores the cultural and psychological forces that contribute to depression and shows how we can overcome this condition, first by reestablishing the connection to our physical selves and learning to recognize the physical manifestations of our emotions. Drawing on his vast experience with depressed patients, Dr. Lowen then outlines a series of simple but remarkably effective exercises that help us reawaken to our own inherent energies, enable us to express our love and uniqueness, and recover our spirituality and faith in living.


Maté, Gabor, M.D.  When the Body Says No - Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection. 

In this accessible and groundbreaking book filled with the moving stories of real people, Maté shows that emotion and psychological stress play a powerful role in the onset of chronic illness. He demonstrates the physiological connection between life's stresses and emotions and the body systems governing nerves, immune apparatus and hormones. With great compassion and erudition, Maté demystifies medical science and invites us all to be our own health advocates.


Rothschild, Babette.  The Body Remembers - The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment.  

For both clinicians and their clients there is tremendous value in understanding the psychophysiology of trauma and knowing what to do about its manifestations.  While reducing the chasm between scientific theory and clinical practice and bridging the gap between talk therapy and body therapy, Rothschild presents principles and non-touch techniques for giving the body its due. The somatic techniques are chosen with an eye to making trauma therapy safer while increasing mind-body integration.  Packed with engaging case studies, The Body Remembers integrates body and mind in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder.


Scaer, Robert, M.D.  8 Keys to Brain-Body Balance.  

Scaer unravels the complexities of the brain-body connection, equipping all those who are in distress with a plausible explanation for how they feel. Making the science accessible, he outlines the core neurobiological concepts underlying the brain-body interface and explains why physical and emotional symptoms of stress and trauma occur. He also offers practical, easy-to-implement strategies for strengthening motor skills, learning to listen to our gut to gauge our feelings, attuning to the present, and restoring personal boundaries to relieve symptoms and navigate a path to recovery.


Seem, Mark, PhD (with Joan Kaplan).  Bodymind Energetics - Toward a Dynamic Model of Health.  

Dr. Seem proposes an integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and psychosomatics in this model of health care that acknowledges the connection of body and mind.


Siegel, David J., M.D. (with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD). The Whole-Brain Child - 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind.  

In this pioneering, practical book, the authors offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.


Southwick, Steven M., M.D. (with Dennis S. Charney, M.D.).  Resilience - The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges. 

This inspiring book identifies ten key ways to weather and bounce back from stress and trauma. Incorporating the latest scientific research and dozens of interviews with trauma survivors, it provides a practical guide to building emotional, mental and physical resilience. Written by experts in post-traumatic stress, this book provides a vital and successful roadmap for overcoming the adversities we all face at some point in our lives.


Van der  kolk, Bessel - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

Renowned trauma expert Bessel Van der kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors of trauma.  In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain's wiring.  Based on Dr. Van der kolk's own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy - and a way to reclaim lives.