Annotated References

Larry D. Beall, Ph.D.


Beall, Larry (1994) Life Skills for Trauma Survivors. (Unpublished treatment manual)

(We could not find a book that contained how to develop life skills and sense of control in the trauma survivor. This was written to meet that need).


Branden, Nathaniel  (1994).  The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem.  New York, New York: Bantam Books. (Practical methods for improving self-esteem by the recognized expert on the subject)


Brown, Daniel & Scheflin, Alan W. & Hammond, D. Corydon  (1998).  Memory, Trauma, Treatment, and the Law.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.  An essential reference on memory for clinicians, researchers, attorneys, and judges.  (Exhaustive volume on the relationship between these three prominent elements of psychological trauma treatment)


Callahan, Roger J. Ph.D. with Trubo, Richard  (2001).  Tapping the Healer Within.  Lincolnwood, Illinois: Contemporary Books.  (Explains the methodology of Thought Field Therapy-a useful treatment modality for PTSD related disorders)


Carlson, R. & Shield, B. (Eds.).  (1995).  Handbook for the Soul.  Boston: Little, Brown and Company.  (Useful essays regarding the cultivation of spirituality—a frequent subject of consternation to the trauma survivor)


Evans, P.  (2002).  Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You.  Adams Media Corporation.  (Since becoming controlling and being controlled are germane to trauma survivors this is a relevant book)


Everstine, D.S. & Everstine, L.  (1993).  The Trauma Response: Treatment for Emotional Injury.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company.  (Clear explanation of one theoretical framework for understanding trauma)


Flach, F.  (1998).  Resilience: Discovering a New Strength at Times of Stress.  New York: Fawcett Columbine.  The attributes and principles necessary to develop resilience.  (Resilience is critical to successful trauma treatment outcomes and this book presents an excellent discussion of practical aspects of resilience)


Fraser, G.  (1991).  The Dissociative Table Technique: A Strategy of Working With Ego States in Dissociative Disorders and Ego State Therapy.  Dissociation, 4, 205-213.  (Contains a groundbreaking technique for accessing ego states)


Frankle, V.E. (1984).  Man’s Search For Meaning.  New York: Washington Square Press.  How to develop meaning in adversity.  (Helpful for giving the trauma survivor perspective about their trauma and how to derive meaning from painful experiences)



Frederick, C. & McNeal, S. (1999).  Inner Strengths: Contemporary Psychotherapy and Hypnosis for Ego-Strengthening.  Mahwa, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.  (Offers useful methods for developing the trauma survivor’s inner resources—relevant to the expansion of the trauma survivor’s coping skills repertoire)



Herman, J.L. (1992).  Trauma and Recovery.  New York: Basic Books.  The Trauma Recovery Process: Safety — Resolution — Re-connection.  (The “Bible” of diagnosing and treating trauma)


Howard, Pierce J.  Ph.D. (2000).  The Owner’s Manual for The Brain.  Atlanta, Georgia:  Bard Press.  Everyday applications from mine-brain research. (Practical information about how the brain functions and what can be done to improve its performance)


Kluft, Richard P. M.D. & Fine, Catherine G. Ph.D.  (1993).  Clinical Perspectives on Multiple Personality Disorder.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, Inc. (Useful essays about different aspects of dealing with and treating the current Dissociative Identity Disorder.  I still prefer the term MPD)


Lam, J.N. & Grossman, F.K.  (1997).  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 10, (2), 175-196.  Resiliency and adult adaptation in woman with and without self-reported histories of childhood sexual abuse.  (Useful article to the discussion of resilience)


Levine, Peter A. with Frederick, Ann  (1997).  Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma.  Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books.  (Draws parallels between the “freezing response” in animals being attacked, and the trauma response in humans.  Important contribution to the professional literature on trauma)


Lewis, C.S.  (1990).  The Screwtape Letters.  Uhrichville, Ohio: Barbour and Company.  (Insights into human nature. Psychological causality — why we do what we do)


Matsakis, Aphrodite Ph.D.  (1996).  I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors.  Second Edition.  Oakland, California: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. (Many practical and useful ideas as to how to treat trauma.  Good compilation of trauma treatment methods)


May, R.  (1997).  The Meaning of Anxiety.  New York: Washington Square Press.  The importance of self-control.  (In my opinion one of the best books on the subject of anxiety.  May helped me understand the important role of control in the development and perpetuation of anxiety)


McMullin, Rian E. Ph.D.  (1986).  Handbook of Cognitive Therapy Techniques.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company. (Excellent compilation of CBT techniques.  I have used it to develop methods for de-programming victims cult conditioning and brainwashing)



Michelson, Larry & Ascher, L. Michael (1987).  Anxiety and Stress Disorders: Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment and Treatment.  New York: The Guilford Press.  (A useful book for understanding the relationship of anxiety and stress and what can be done about it)


Middelton-Moz, J.  (1992).  Will to Survive.  Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications, Inc.  (Discovering personal strengths in traumatic experience.  Some of its ideas helped me develop “Developing Personal Strengths”)


Miller, L.  (1998).  Shocks to the System: Psychotherapy of Traumatic Disability Syndromes.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company.  (This book helped me understand how trauma is a “shock to the system” in every dimension of human functioning)


Putnam, Frank W.  (1989).  Diagnosis & Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder.  New York: The Guilford Press.  (Putnam is a main contributor to the field of Dissociative Identity Disorders and I consider this volume a primary read in understanding the disorder)


Putnam, Frank W.  (1997).  Dissociation in Children and Adolescents: A Developmental Perspective.  New York: The Guilford Press.  (Useful in understanding how dissociative symptoms present in children and adolescents, which are different than adults)


Rosenbloom, D., Williams, M.B. & Watkins, B.E.  (1999).  Life After Trauma: A Workbook For Healing.  New York: The Guilford Press.  (Practical ideas for helping the trauma survivor make a life)


Ross, Colin A. M.D.  (2000).  The Trauma Model.  Richardson, Texas: Manitou Communications, Inc.  A solution to the problem of comorbidity in psychiatry.  (Ross is another primary contributor to the field of PTSD and dissociation.  This book explains how PTSD is at the core of a number of disorders)


Rossi, Ernest Lawrence (1986).  The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing: New Concepts of Therapeutic Hypnosis.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.  (Although this book is older, it was very helpful to understanding the relationship of mind and body—which is integral to understanding trauma’s pervasive impact on the body)


Scaer, R. (2001) The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease.  The Haworth Medical Press.  (Valuable text describing the biological model that explains much of the relationship between trauma and disease).


Seligman, M.E.P.  (1990).  Learned Optimism.  New York: Pocket Books.  How to develop optimism as a component of resilience.  (Important book to learning how to turn the mind around from pessimism, the common mental orientation for trauma survivors, to optimism, a critical element of resilience)



Stone, H. & Stone, S.  (1989).  Embracing Ourselves: The Voice Dialogue Manual.  Mill Valley, CA: Nataraj Publishing.  Ego state therapy.  (Contains useful ideas for dealing with ego states, an important part of trauma treatment)


van der Kolk, B.A., McFarlane, A.C. & Weisaeth, L. (Eds.).  (1996) Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society.  New York: The Guilford Press.  Trauma theory and treatment.  (van der Kolk is the recognized current expert on trauma, from both psychological and medical perspectives.  This is a valuable book for broadening one’s understanding of the many dimensions of trauma)


Watkins, J.G. & Watkins, H.H.  (1997).  Ego States: Theory and Therapy.  New York: W.W. Norton and Company.  (Watkins & Watkins, husband and wife, are primary contributors to understanding the operation of ego states)


Wilson, J.P.  (1989).  Trauma, Transformation, and Healing: An Integrative Approach to Theory, Research, and Post-Traumatic Therapy.  New York: Brunner/Mazel.  (The most effective treatment approaches for PTSD are recognized as non-mainstream.  This book integrates many of these more effective interventions, including the sweat lodge)


Wilson, J.P., Harel, Z. & Kahana, B. (Eds.).  (1988).  Human Adaptation to Extreme Stress: From Holocaust to Vietnam.  New York: Plenum Press.  (Important book in showing the capacity of the human spirit to adapt to extreme conditions.  Personally, this is one of the most inspiring aspects of treating extreme trauma)


Wolin, S.J. & Wolin, S.  (1993).  The Resilient Self: How Survivors of Troubled Families Rise Above Adversity.  New York: Villard Books.  (Helpful book in understanding how resiliency can be developed)


Worden, J. William (1991).  Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner.  New York, New York: Springer Publishing Company, Inc.  (Much  trauma work entails grief counseling.  This is book is an excellent synopsis of current thinking on treating grief, particularly the more challenging complicated grief.