Supports Clients Coping with Trauma

  • Supports Clients Coping with Trauma

    Posted by Shannon Husk on April 19, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Hello Everyone,

    I would appreciate some specific books or courses that you would recommend in order to better support clients who are coping with trauma. I really enjoyed Peter Levine’s book “Healing Trauma”

    Tammy Van Hinte replied 3 years, 5 months ago 6 Members · 11 Replies
  • 11 Replies
  • Stephen King

    April 27, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Hi Shannon, I have an online trauma course on the Udemy platform that also includes my course companion book ‘PTSD: Cleaning & Clearing Shock and Trauma’.

    • Shannon Husk

      May 8, 2020 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks Stephen!

  • Tammy Van Hinte

    April 30, 2020 at 7:06 am

    Hi Shannon, Trauma training is one area of training I cannot get enough of. One of the most comprehensive trainings I did was through PESI. It was Janina Fisher’s Complex Trauma Certificate. It was 48 hours long! Janina uses a combination of Internal Family Systems, Psychomotor Psychotherapy, psychoeducation, etc. Here’s a link to her book and the course:

    My most recent trauma training love is NARM. NeuroAffective Relational Model. The reason I love this model is that it uses both top down and bottom up strategies and is specifically for Complex PTSD-childhood trauma. It is to support people with a high Adverse Childhood Experiences score.

    You might like NARM because Laurence Heller was a Somatic Experiencing practitioner before he created NARM. He found that SE works for shock trauma but not so much for CPTSD.


  • Marcy McCabe

    April 30, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Oooh sneak peek information – we are almost ready to offer 10+ hours of this Janina Fisher workshop to the membership for $99 – you will be able to stream the video. We’re hoping it will be available in the next couple weeks so stay tuned!

    • Tammy Van Hinte

      May 1, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      This is so exciting Marci. Janina Fisher is great. I really like her work. We are lucky to have her training for such a low price.

  • Sheryl Thompson

    May 10, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Tammy; great question considering how many approaches are available for assisting folks who have experienced trauma throughout their lifespan. Trauma is a big category and as a trauma therapist (I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner), I have discovered shock trauma and developmental trauma cannot be approached the same way, especially early developmental trauma. If you’re working with folks with developmental trauma, especially early developmental trauma (i.e., conception to around 3yo), you will definitely want to bring attachment-focused interventions into sessions (i.e., supporting safe and social engagement), especially as there aren’t cognitive stories to work with.

    As far as literature on attachment, I am enjoying Diane Poole Heller’s The Power of Attachment right now (interestingly, another past SE student of Peter Levine’s). Bruce Perry’s book, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog offers some great insights into the impact of early developmental trauma on little nervous systems and the developing brain.

    For sexual trauma, Wendy Maltz’ The Sexual Healing Journey is fantastic for developmental sexual trauma. Getting old school, I actually liked Peter’s earlier work Healing Trauma better than Waking the Tiger. It really gets down to the basics of healing trauma through the nervous system. I have the audiobook, which is great, as the soothing voice of Peter himself guides you through the exercises. Happy reading!

    • Tammy Van Hinte

      May 11, 2020 at 10:30 am

      HI Sheryl, What a comprehensive list of great options. I agree with you about the importance of distinguishing between shock trauma and developmental trauma. This is why I am loving Laurence Heller’s NeuroAffective Relational Model right now. Many of the people he trains are SE practitioners who want to add to their developmental trauma toolkit. Have you taken any NARM training?

  • Sylvie Hamel (she/her)

    October 30, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Shannon,

    A great book on trauma is The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency by Robert Scaer. I also encourage you to read anything from Stephen Porges, Allan Schore and Antonio Damasio.

    I work using Self Regulation Therapy. I have taken all their training and find it really efficient. I highly encourage you to check them out and consider taking their training when they resume after the pandemic. The trainings have a very solid theoretical foundation accompanied by a strong experiential component. I never feel stomped in session. I always have enough knowledge and competency to attend to what’s happening in the moment. And I can bring all my questions and struggles to supervision with them as I have decided to keep the two of them as my clinical supervisors. My professional and personal growth has been tremendous as a result of my training with them.



  • Tammy Van Hinte

    October 31, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Sylvie, Thanks for the link to the Self Regulation Therapy. I work with couples in a differentiation based model so self regulation is very important in the work I do. I am always looking for more opportunities to increase my capacity to guide clients to increase their self regulation.