We are poets, writers and artists in the most general sense (we dance, we drum, we sing, we sculpt, we photograph and more)  and while some of us are licensed professionals and have ample certifications, these are not necessary ingredients in being a successful narrative arts facilitator and educator on the subject of toxic stress.


Suggested book list:

  • The Writing Cure;  edited by Lepore and Smyth from Syracuse University.
  • Bird by Bird, Annie Lamont
  • Writing to Heal, James Pennebaker
  • Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  • Old Friend from Far Away, Natalie Goldberg
  • Writing Cures, edited by Gillie Bolton, Stephanie Howlett, Colin Lago and Jeannie Wright
  • The Write-Your-Life-Whole Pamphlet, Andrea Steffens

Other books we suggest: What it's Like To Go To War by Karl Marlantes; The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers; War and the Soul by Ed Tick; Brief Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress by Lori and Stephen Bisbey; Creation Myths by Von Franz; Close to the Bone: life threatening illness as a Soul Journey by Jean Bolen MD; Narrative Exposure Therapy by Schauer, Neuner, Elbert - uses art processes and opens possibility for improvisation; Collective Narrative Practice by D. Denborough; The War Isn't Over When it's Over; women living in the ruins of war by Ann Jones; They Were Soldier - how the wounded return from America's wars -- the untold story; Epigenetics by Richard Francis.  EFT by Gary Craig -- you can also download a free manual.

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation by Ray Smith, PhD.  -- this is a small machine that has been successfully used to treat depression and anxiety since WWII veterans suffering from "shell shock" used it.  Research it and if you are interested in buying one you can contact us and we will put you in touch with someone who sells them inexpensively. (This is not a product we sell)

Breath to Relax app -  free downloads; for IOS - for Android 

Healing Invisible Wounds by Richard Mollica

Parenting from the Inside Out by Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

Buddha's Brain by Rick Hansen with Richard Mendius

Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper

In An Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine

The Inner World of Trauma: archetypal defenses of the personal spirit by Donald Kalsched

Rites and Symbols of Initiation: mysteries of birth and rebirth by Mircea Eliade -- all books by this historian of religion are very useful in understanding the human responses to life events -- including trauma and the deliberate use of traumatizing initiates in rites of passage, this man is a wizardly scholar and in danger of being lost to the contemporary student -- he wrote beginning in the mid century, past. His work is timeless and moves us away from the limits of cultural interpretations and into understanding the depths of our humanity. As we understand our collective past, we begin to see that many of the interventions we think we create actually emerge from a timeless place and are human responses expressed in different cultural contexts. We begin to see that our cultural responses as varied as they are, actually spring from the same source that has existed since we human beings invented ourselves. The human body and the human psyche evolved at the same time.



This list will change and morph as we go along so check back occasionally. Some of the books are old but we believe in letting the ancestors speak, especially when what they have to say is still very relevant.



Resources: Toxic Stress

Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich has designed a computer program to reorganize brain function and is showing promising results with PTSD and schizophrenia. His work is cited in The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge.

Trauma Resolution Center (TRC) is a model of holistic trauma resolution services and was founded by Teresa Descilo in 1995 at the request of the Florida State Attorney's Office.

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