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New Releases & Other Recommendations New releases have been published within the last year or so. These recent publications may be of interest to professionals (clinicians, researchers, or graduate students) or the general public. Books in the new release lists will migrate to the more specific categories below, in time. Books are listed only once; please check various categories to find appropriate books.
Ader (Ed.) (2006).
Psychoneuroimmunology, Two-volume Set, Fourth Edition. Andreassi (2006).
Psychophysiology: human behavior & physiological response. Fifth Edition. Briere & Scott (2006).
Principles of Trauma Therapy and Treatment: a guide to symptoms, evaluation, and treatment. Cloitre, Cohen & Koenon (2006).
Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse: psychotherapy for the interrupted life. Follette & Ruzek (Eds.) (2006).
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma. [Second Edition] Goodheart, Kazden & Sternberg (Eds.) 2006.
Evidence-Based Psychotherapy: where practice and research meet. Norris et al (Eds.) (2006).
Methods for Disaster Mental Health Research. Odgen, Minton & Pain (2006).
Trauma and the Body: a sensorimotor approach to psychotherapy. Ritchie, Watson & Friedman (2006).
Interventions Following Mass Violence and Disasters: strategies for mental health practice. Rothschild (2006).
Help for the Helper: the psychophysiology of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Van der Hart, Nijenhuis & Steele (2006).
The Haunted Self: structural dissociation and the treatment of chronic traumatization. Van der Kolk, McFarlane & Weisaeth (Eds.) (1996/2006).
Traumatic Stress: the effects of overwhelming experience on mind, body, and society. Van Heerden (2006).
The Storm: what went wrong and why during Hurricane Katrina--the inside story from one Louisiana scientist. Yehuda (Ed.) (2006).
Psychobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: a decade of progress.
for Survivors & General Public
Recommended Books - for Clinicians Books in these sections have a clinical focus, further described by topic. Clinical students or researchers studying assessment or clinical approaches in the trauma field may find these volumes invaluable, as well as practicing therapists.
Assessment, Testing & Diagnosis
Specific Types of Trauma (Adults)
Blanchard & Hickling (2003).
After the Crash: assessment and treatment of motor vehicle accident survivors. (Second Edition) Bryant & Harvey (2000).
Acute Stress Disorder: a handbook of theory, assessment, and treatment. Chu & Bowman (Eds.) (2003).
Trauma and Sexuality: the effects of childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse on sexual identity and behavior. Farber (2002).
When the Body Is the Target: self-harm, pain, and traumatic attachments. Foa & Rothbaum (1998/2001).
Treating the Trauma of Rape: cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD. Fonagy, et al (Eds.) (2002).
Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of Self. Freyd (1996).
Betrayal Trauma: the logic of forgetting childhood abuse. Gold (2000).
Not Trauma Alone: therapy for child abuse survivors in family and social context. Heinl (2001).
Splintered Innocence: an intuitive approach to treating war trauma. Hickling & Blanchard (Eds.) (2000).
International Handbook of Road Traffic Accidents and Psychological Trauma: current understanding, treatment and law. Kimerling, Ouimette & Wolfe (Eds.) (2002).
Gender and PTSD. Ouimette & Brown (Eds.) (2002).
Trauma and Substance Abuse: causes, consequences, and treatment of comorbid disorders. Razza & Tomasulo (2004).
Healing Trauma: the power of group treatment for people with intellectual disabilities. Shay (1995).
Achilles in Vietnam: combat trauma and the undoing of character.
About Trauma or PTSD
General Treatment Considerations
Baranowsky, Gentry & Schultz (2005).
Trauma Practice: tools for stabilization and recovery. Best Seller Catherall (Ed.) (2004).
The Handbook of Stress, Trauma, and the Family. Chu (1998).
Rebuilding Shattered Lives: the responsible treatment of complex post-traumatic and dissociative disorders. Courtois (1999).
Recollections of Sexual Abuse: treatment principles and guidelines. Dalenberg (2000).
Countertransference and the Treatment of Trauma. Everly & Lating (2004).
Personality-Guided Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Foa, Keane & Friedman (2000).
Effective Treatments for PTSD: practice guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Best Seller Frederick & McNeal (1999).
Inner Strengths: contemporary psychotherapy and hypnosis for ego-strengthening. Gerity (1999).
Creativity and the Dissociative Patient: puppets, narrative, and art in the treatment of survivors of childhood trauma. Hedges (1999).
Terrifying Transferences: aftershocks of childhood trauma. Hofmann & Tompson (Eds.) (2002).
Treating Chronic and Severe Mental Disorders: a handbook of empirically supported treatments. Hudgins (2002).
Experiential Treatment for PTSD: the therapeutic spiral model. Kalsched (1997).
The Inner World of Trauma: archetypal defenses of the personal spirit. Klein & Schermer (2000).
Group Psychotherapy for Psychological Trauma. Mitchell & Everly (2001).
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing : an operations manual for CISD, defusing and other group crisis intervention services. Third Editon. Najavits (2001).
Seeking Safety: a treatment manual for PTSD and substance abuse . Saakvitne (Ed.) (2000).
Risking Connection: a training curriculum for working with survivors of childhood abuse. Solomon & Siegel (Eds.) (2003).
Healing Trauma: attachment, mind, body, and brain. Valent (1999).
Trauma and Fulfillment Therapy: a wholist framework. Wiederhold & Wiederhold (2004).
Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: advances in evaluation and treatment. Williams, Yule & Joseph (1997).
Understanding Post Traumatic Stress: a psychosocial perspective on PTSD and treatment . Wilson & Drozdek (Eds.) (2004).
Broken Spirits: the treatment of traumatized asylum seekers, refugees, war and torture victims. Wilson, Friedman & Lindy (2004).
Treating Psychological Trauma & PTSD. Wilson & Raphael (2000).
Psychological Debriefing: theory, practice and evidence. Wilson & Thomas (2004).
Empathy in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD. Yehuda (Ed.) (2002).
Treating Trauma Survivors With PTSD. Young & Blake (1999).
Group Treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Biofeedback Equipment: Monitoring or Training Physiology
EMDR / Eye Movement Desensitization
Somatic Psychotherapy Approaches
Body-Mind Psychotherapy: principles, techniques, and practical applications. Best Seller Bakal (1999).
Minding the Body: clinical uses of somatic awareness. Braddock (1997).
Body Voices: using the power of breath, sound and movement to heal and create new boundaries. Eckberg & Levine (2000).
Victims of Cruelty: somatic psychotherapy in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Fosha (2000).
The Transforming Power of Affect: a model for accelerated change. Gendlin (1998).
Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: a manual of the experiential method. Goodwin & Attias (Eds.) (1999).
Splintered Reflections: images of the body in trauma. Halprin (2003).
The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy: working with movement, metaphor and meaning. Johnson (1995).
Bone, Breath, & Gesture: practices of embodiment. Johnson (1997).
Groundworks: narratives of embodiment. Johnson (1998).
The Body in Psychotherapy: inquiries in somatic psychology. Keleman (1985).
Emotional Anatomy: the structure of experience. Keleman & Hendrix (Eds.) (1987).
Embodying Experience: forming a personal life. Levine (1997).
Waking the Tiger: healing trauma. Best Seller Macnaughton (2004).
Body, Breath, & Consciousness: a somatic anthology. Nijenhuis (2004).
Somatoform Dissociation: phenomena, measurement, and theoretical issues. US edition of a book previously published in europe. Pesso & Crandall (Eds.) (1991).
Moving Psychotherapy: theory and application of Pesso System/Psychomotor therapy. Rothschild (2000).
The Body Remembers: the psychophysiology of trauma and trauma treatment. Best Seller Rothschild (2003).
The Body Remembers Casebook: unifying methods and models in the treatment of trauma and PTSD. Best Seller
"Energy" & other New Approaches
Clinical Ethics & Legal Issues
Recommended Books - for Researchers Books in these sections primarily have a research or theoretical focus, and may be of particular interest to researchers, faculty, or students studying basic aspects of trauma responses (such as emotions) - as well as clinicians seeking detailed scientific or biological information about trauma responses.
Research Issues & Statistical Methods
Cognitive Neuroscience & Neurobiology
The Neuropsychology of Emotion. Bremner (2005).
Brain Imaging Handbook. Damasio (2003).
Looking for Spinoza. Damasio (2000).
The Feeling of What Happens: body & emotion in the making of consciousness. Damasio (2005).
Descartes' Error: emotion, reason, and the human brain. Davidson, Scherer & Goldsmith (Eds.) (2002).
Handbook of Affective Sciences. Dohrenwend (Eds.) (1998).
Adversity, Stress, and Psychopathology. Freyd & DePrince (2001).
Trauma and Cognitive Science: a meeting of minds, science, and human experience. Text from a 1998 conference at the University of Oregon. Friedman, Charney & Deutch (Eds.) (1995).
Neurobiological and Clinical Consequences of Stress. Joseph (1996).
Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, and Clinical Neuroscience, Second Edition. Lane & Nadel (Eds.) (2000).
Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion. LeDoux (2002).
Synaptic Self: how our brains become who we are. LeDoux (1996/1998).
The Emotional Brain: the mysterious underpinnings of emotional life. Lewis & Haviland-Jones (Eds.) (2000).
Handbook of Emotions (2nd Ed.). Llinas (2002).
I of the Vortex. Mesulam (2000).
Principles of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology (2nd Ed.). Panksepp (2004).
Affective Neuroscience: the foundations of human and animal emotions. Pert (1997).
Molecules of Emotion: why you feel the way you feel. Schore (2003).
Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self / Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self (two-volume set). Best Seller Two volume set; available separately. Schore (1994/1999).
Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self: the neurobiology of emotional development. Siegel (1999).
The Developing Mind: toward a neurobiology of interpersonal experience. Taylor, Bagby & Parker (1997/2000).
Disorders of Affect Regulation: alexithymia in medical and psychiatric illness. Vasterling & Brewin (Ed.) (2005).
Neuropsychology of PTSD. Yehuda (Eds.) (1998).
EEG: Central & Peripheral Biofeedback
Research Ethics and Philosophy of Science
Cultural / Historical Aspects (includes Terrorism)
Shook over Hell: Post-traumatic stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War. Historical similarities between post-traumatic symptoms arising from combat in both wars. Kleinman (1997).
Writing at the Margin: discourse between anthropology and medicine. Kuriyama (1999).
The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine. Laqueur (1998).
Origins of Terrorism: psychologies, ideologies, theologies, states of mind. Lifton (1999).
Destroying the World to Save It : Aum Shinrikyo, apocalyptic violence, and the the new global terrorism. A psychiatrist looks at terrorists and terrorism. Leys (2000).
Trauma: a genealogy. Micale & Lerner (Eds.) (2001).
Traumatic Pasts: history, psychiatry, and trauma in the modern age, 1870-1930. Pyszczynski, et al (2002).
In the Wake of 9/11: the psychology of terror. Young (1997).
The Harmony of Illusions: inventing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Classics & Reference If you're looking for something that's unavailable at Amazon.com, you might search for hard-to-find or out-of print books at
ABE Book Exchange, Alibris, or at BookFinder - or search Powell's Books for a used copy. You can also search for new and used textbooks here. If the book was published in England, try Blackwells. A mix of older publications - some are clincial and others more academic. These texts continue to have importance in the trauma field today. Google Book Search
Child Abuse Trauma: theory and treatment of the lasting effects. Danieli (Ed.) (1998).
Intergenerational Handbook of Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma. A synopsis of this book, in PDF format, is available at the National Center for PTSD. Dolan (1991).
Resolving Sexual Abuse: solution-focused therapy and Ericksonian hypnosis for adult survivors. Everly & Lating (1994).
Psychotraumatology: key papers and core concepts in post-traumatic stress. Everly & Lating (2002).
A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response. Second Edition Figley (1985).
Trauma and Its Wake: the study and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, volume 1. Figley (1986).
Trauma and Its Wake: traumatic stress theory, research and intervention, volume 2. Foy (1992).
Treating PTSD: cognitive-behavioral strategies. Grove & Panzer (1991).
Resolving Traumatic Memories: metaphors and symbols in psychotherapy. Herman (1992/1997).
Trauma and Recovery. Best Seller Horowitz (2001).
Stress Response Syndromes: personality styles and interventions (Fourth Edition). Horowitz (1999).
Essential Papers on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Janet (1925/1976).
Psychological Healing: a historical and clinical study. Janoff-Bulman (2002).
Shattered Assumptions: towards a new psychology of trauma. Johnson (1994).
Character Styles. Kroll (1993).
PTSD/borderlines in Therapy: finding the balance. Kurtz (1997).
Body-Centered Psychotherapy: the Hakomi method. Linehan (1993a).
Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Linehan (1993b).
Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. Laudan (1996).
Beyond Positivism and Relativism: theory, method, and evidence. Meichenbaum (1994).
A Clinical Handbook/Practical Therapist Manual for Assessing and Treating Adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Nathanson (1996).
Knowing Feeling: affect, script, and psychotherapy. Putnam (1989).
Diagnosis & Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder. Putnam (1997).
Dissociation in Children and Adolescents: a developmental perspective. Ross (1989).
Multiple Personality Disorder: diagnosis, clinical features, and treatment. Terr (1992).
Too Scared to Cry: psychic trauma in childhood. Terr (1995).
Unchained Memories: true stories of traumatic memories, lost and found. Vaillant (1997).
Changing Character: short-term anxiety-regulating psychotherapy for restructuring defenses, affects, and attachment. van der Kolk (1987).
Psychological Trauma. van der Kolk, McFarlane & Weisaeth (Eds.) (1996).
Traumatic Stress: the effects of overwhelming experience on mind, body, and society. This text's Preface, summarizes contents of this important book. Watkins & Watkins (1997).
Ego States: theory and therapy. Wilson & Lindy (Eds.) (1994).
Countertransference in the Treatment of PTSD. Wilson & Raphael (1993).
International Handbook of Traumatic Stress Syndromes.
Recommended Books - for Survivors and Friends Books written for the general public - of particular interest to trauma survivors, family, or friends. Some describe trauma responses and healing in general terms; others focus on particular types of trauma (e.g., divorce). Clinicians may want to consider some of these books (or selected chapters) as readings for clients or as adjuncts to therapy.
Divorce & Relationships
Parenting, Children & Child Development
Grief & Loss (includes: Severe Illness; Death of Child or Parent)
Finding Somatic Approaches / Getting into your Body
"Self Help" Books: Trauma & Dissociation
"Self Help" Books: Other
Police, Veterans & Combat Trauma
Disaster & Community Mental Health Books Books listed here focus on disaster mental health including community-wide responses to large scale disasters, whether natural or man-made. This section combines texts written for both professional audiences and the public (i.e., disaster victims).
Creating Sanctuary: toward the evolution of sane societies. Danieli (Ed.) (2001).
Sharing the Front Line and the Back Hills: International Protectors and Providers: peacekeepers, humanitarian aid workers and the media in the midst. Dickson (1983).
Where There Is No Dentist. Guide to low-tech dental care, helpful in third world or disaster situations. Fullerton & Ursano (Eds.) (1997).
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: acute and long-term responses to trauma and disaster. Gist & Lubin (1999).
Response to Disasters: psychosocial, community, and ecological approaches. Gordon, Farberow & Maida (1999).
Children and Disasters. La Greca, et al (Eds.) (2002).
Helping Children Cope With Disasters and Terrorism. Mitchell & Everly (2001).
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing : an operations manual for CISD, defusing and other group crisis intervention services. Third Edition. Ross (2003).
Beyond the Trauma Vortex: the media's role in healing fear, terror and violence. Ryan, et al (Eds.) (2002).
Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine: a practical guide. Ursano, McCaughey & Fullerton (Eds.) (1994).
Individual and Community Responses to Trauma and Disaster: the structure of human chaos. Weaver (1995).
Disasters: mental health interventions. Werner, Thuman & Maxwell (1992).
Where There Is No Doctor: a village health care handbook, revised edition. Guide to low-tech medical care, useful in third world or disaster situations.