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8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-Charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing (8 Keys to Mental Health) Paperback – January 4, 2010
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“Rothschild’s brief, personable, and accessible book directly targets safe, successful recovery in a way that compels and convinces the reader. If trauma memories impact your life or that of someone you now or treat in a healthcare setting, you need this book.”
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“Readers who have experienced traumatic events will find this a helpful tool as they work with their professional therapist.”
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“A succinct and easy read, founded predominantly on compassion-focused and mindfulness-based approaches, this book is certainly one I would recommend to my own trauma clients.... [S]traight-forward and enlightening to read.”
- Journal of Mental Health
About the Author
Babette Rothschild, MSW, has been a practitioner since 1976 and a teacher and trainer since 1992. She is a bestselling author of six books, all published by WW Norton and translated into more than a dozen languages. She is also the creator and Series Editor of the 8 Keys to Mental Health Series. After living and working for 9 years in Copenhagen, Denmark she returned to her native Los Angeles where she is writing her next books while she continues to lecture, train, consult, and supervise professional psychotherapists of all sorts worldwide.
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What it does for the beginner on the healing journey is give them some "head's up" guidelines on how to approach getting help and what to look out for. What it does for the long weary traveler on the healing journey is give some reassurance that you are not alone in the experience if years of therapy have left you wondering if it has all been a hopeless loss of time, or if the possibility of healing was just a mirage. Further it gives those with multiple traumas a way to re-orient themselves and find a better path out of the chaos. What it does for those close to the survivor, who have not been traumatized, including therapists, is bring some needed clarity on what is helpful and what isn't and some guidelines on how to proceed thoughtfully and with respect.
Her approach is both from a therapists perspective and as a survivor herself and this is probably the reason why the book is so lucid. She rightly infuses a strong focus on the dignity of the survivor and the need for helping professionals to "re-frame" a clients perceived resistance to a treatment pathway as perhaps there own unwillingness to change their approach to fit the need of the client.
Where this work shines is in giving clear, simple and manageable steps on reflecting (an internal assessment) and evaluating (an external analysis) what is working and what isn't. The why is not initially so important in her estimation, as it can bog down the simplicity of how to respond to what is needed now. For some seeking further understanding, this may feel simplistic, however, the book was intended to give guidelines not prescriptions. Survivors who are overwhelmed with the demand of the healing work itself will find the simplicity in this book to be exactly what is needed.
She attempts, and for the most part delivers, a gentle, respectful and non-triggering global approach- a handbook to guide survivors and those who support them in a better path. However, the task is enormous and she admits that she cannot control for every trigger of every person who will read this book. From that place, those who have been abused within a religious framework or have been systematically abused in medical or other professional settings will find some resources triggering and the tone and the title of the book itself will likely cause some reactions. For this reason, I give it four stars. This is not a defamation of her integrity, only a commentary on her observed unfamiliarity with the above mentioned types of trauma. In these cases, her best advice applies here: if it fits, apply it, if not, move on; if it is comfortable, receive it, if it is not-move away from it. Nonetheless, all survivors will find some assistance.
In short, this is a long overdue and much needed resource that will assist survivors at any stage of healing in knowing where to go next and be able to communicate that more clearly with those who are assisting them. The author is a reliable guide as she herself has walked the healing path. Maybe not as far as others will have to go and maybe farther than others will need to go-but looking back, you will find this book to have been a necessary sign post along the journey that you will want to heed.
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Rothschild makes some excellent points & reinforces some standard knowledge in the field with saavy & creative...Read more