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Essential Readings in Trauma
Top Five General Recommendations

Allen, J. (2005). Coping With Trauma: Hope Through Understanding,2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press. PURCHASE THIS ITEM FROM AMAZON

Bremner, J. & Marmar, C., Eds. (1998). Trauma, Memory, And Dissociation (Progress in Psychiatry) Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press. PURCHASE THIS ITEM FROM AMAZON

Herman, J. (1992). Trauma and Recovery. New York: Basic Books. NEW - PURCHASE THIS ITEM FROM AMAZON

Saakvitne, K., Gamble, S., Pearlman, L., & Lev, B. (2000). Risking Connection®: A Training Curriculum for Working with Survivors of Child Abuse, Baltimore, MD: Sidran Institute Press.

Stamm, B.H. (Ed.) (1999) Secondary Traumatic Stress: Self-Care Issues for Clinicians, Researchers, and Educators. 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD: Sidran Institute Press.

Cori, Jasmin Lee, MS, LPC (2008). Healing from Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life. De Capo Press (A Division of Perseus Books) NEW - PURCHASE THIS TITLE FROM AMAZON

Understanding Trauma


Bowlby, J. (1988). A Secure Base. New York: Basic Books.

Chu, J. (1998). Rebuilding Shattered Lives: The Responsible Treatment of Complex Post-Traumatic and Dissociative Disorders. New York: Wiley.

Coffey, R. (1998). Unspeakable Truths and Happy Endings: Human Cruelty and the New Trauma Therapy. Baltimore, MD: Sidran Institute Press.

Connors, R. (1996a). Self-injury in trauma survivors: 1. Functions and Meanings. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 66 (2), 197–206.

Connors, R. (2000). Self-Injury: Psychotherapy with People Who Engage in Self-Inflicted Violence. North Bergen, NJ: Jason Aronson.

Courtois, C. (1988). Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy. New York: W.W. Norton.

Elliot, M. (1993). Female Sexual Abuse of Children New York: Guilford.

McCann, I.L., and Pearlman, L.A. (1990). Psychological Trauma and the Adult Survivor. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Putnam, F. (1997). Dissociation in Children and Adolescents: A Developmental Perspective. New York: Guilford.

Terr, L. (1990). Too Scared to Cry. New York: Basic Books.

van der Kolk, B.A., McFarlane, A.C., and Weisarth, L.(Eds.) (1996). Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experiences on Mind, Body, and Society. New York: Guilford Press.

Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder

Cohen, B., Giller, E., and W---, L. (1991). Multiple Personality Disorder from the Inside Out. Baltimore, MD: Sidran Institute Press.

Kluft, R.P. (1996). Dissociative Identity Disorder. In L.K. Michelson and W.J. Ray (Eds.), Handbook of Dissociation: Theoretical, Empirical, and Clinical Perspectives (337–366). New York: Plenum Press.

Kluft, R.P. (1991). The Hospital Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder. Psychiatric Clinics of North America 14, 695–719.

Putnam, F. (1989). Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder New York: Guilford.

Ross, C.A. (1989). Dissociative Identity Disorder: Diagnosis, Clinical Features, and Treatment of Multiple Personality
New York: Wiley.

Sands, S. (1994). "What is dissociated?"
Dissociation 7, no. 3, 145–51.

Silberg, J. (Ed.) (1996). The Dissociative Child.
Baltimore, MD: Sidran Institute Press. 

Treatment Issues

Bloom, S. (1997). Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Communities. New York: Routledge.

Davies, J. M., and Frawley, M.G. (1994). Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. New York: Basic Books.

Linehan, M.M. (1993). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford.

Linehan, M.M. (1993). Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford.

Vermilyea, E.G. (2000). Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress. Baltimore, MD: Sidran Institute Press.

Worker Self-Care

Figley, C.R. (Ed.) (1995). Compassion Fatigue: Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder from Treating the Traumatized. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Pearlman, L.A., and Saakvitne, K.W. (1995). Trauma and the Therapist: Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization in Psychotherapy with Incest Survivors. New York: W.W. Norton.

Saakvitne, K.W., Pearlman, L.A., and the staff of the Traumatic Stress Institute. (1996). Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization. New York: W.W. Norton.

Trauma and Memory

Courtois, C. (1999). Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines. New York: W.W. Norton.

Freyd, J. (1996). Betrayal Trauma. The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Pope, K.S. (1996). Memory, Abuse, and Science. Questioning Claims about the False Memory Syndrome Epidemic. American Psychologist 51, (9), 957–74.

van der Kolk, B. (1996). Trauma and Memory. In van der Kolk, B., McFarlane, A. and Weisarth, L. (Eds.). Traumatic Stress. New York: Guilford Press.

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