The following are some of the best trauma informed care books.
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Trauma Informed Care Books
1. 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions
By Linda Curran
This is the workbook that all mental health professionals wish they had at the beginning of their careers. Containing over 100 approaches to effectively deal with trauma, this workbook pulls together a wide array of treatments into one concise resource. Equally useful in both group and individual settings, these interventions will provide hope for the client, as well as expand and solidify the professional’s expertise.
Related: Why Is Trauma Therapy So Hard? (+Best Trauma Healing Exercises To Support Your Recovery)
2. Big Behaviors in Small Containers
By Paris Goodyear-Brown
In Big Behaviors in Small Containers, you’ll find 131 practical, fun, and ready-to-use play therapy interventions that shift the paradigm around problematic behaviors to allow for therapeutic growth and healing. Based on TraumaPlay®, a treatment approach that prioritizes attachment, co-regulation, and the science of the stress response system, the interventions inside will help kids:
- Develop a sense of safety and security
- Expand their window of tolerance
- Cope adaptively with anger, anxiety, and other strong emotions
- Enhance their emotional literacy
- Strengthen social skills and self-esteem
- Challenge and overcome unhelpful thoughts
- Develop a coherent narrative around trauma and other difficult experiences
- And more!
Related: 7 Trauma Release Exercises To Support Your Recovery After Trauma
3. Attachment: 60 Trauma-Informed Assessment and Treatment Interventions Across the Lifespan
By Christina Reese
Improve your client’s relationships by teaching them strategies to feel more connected reestablish trust, and restore positive emotions. Dr. Christina Reese, a recognized attachment and trauma professional, has created a comprehensive guide that explains attachment over a lifetime, and offers trauma-informed approaches to treat attachment at any age.
– Clinical examples, handouts and worksheets to use with clients of all ages
– Recognize attachment styles
– Identify key symptoms of attachment difficulties and their inception
– Interventions that repair attachment traumas to heal stress, shame, and anxiety
– Techniques to help clients improve their relationships (children, parents, friends, and significant others)
Related: Do I Have Trauma? Top 4 Practical Exercises To Support Your Trauma Healing
4. Building a Trauma-Informed, Compassionate Classroom
By Jennifer Bashant
Mental health expert Jennifer Bashant details how using a trauma-informed approach will greatly reduce, even eliminate, challenging behavior in your classroom. Using her practical, easy-to-use strategies based on the latest research, every educator can create a classroom where all students feel welcomed, supported, and ready to learn.
- Understand the impact of trauma on learning and behavior
- Tools to connect with all students, and foster intrinsic motivation
- Learn how to move away from points and stickers
- Strategies to build resilience and instill hope in your students
- 27 downloadable worksheets and exercises
Related: Inner Child Wounds Test (+4 Attachment Imagery Exercises To Heal Inner Child Wounds)
5. Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing
By David A. Treleaven
Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness explains how we can minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness for trauma survivors while leveraging its powerful benefits.
The book illustrates the ways mindfulness can help—or hinder—trauma recovery and offers a groundbreaking and practical approach that empowers those looking to practice mindfulness in a safe, transformative way.
Related: Mindfulness Techniques For PTSD And Trauma: Top 4 Steps To Practice Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness (Safely)