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Being Tender yet Tough with Veterans

As any subgroup of Americans, military veterans cover a wide spectrum of personality types and pre-service adjustment history. While there is almost universal agreement that veterans should be honored for serving, across the board admiration without constructive criticism may be unwise. Not every hero acts heroically all the time. Sometimes folks with adjustment difficulties need …

Perseverence + Resilience + Patience = Hope for Recovery

I sometimes say that my middle name is “Perseverence.” It could also be said that Resilience runs through my veins, which is, in part, why writing a book with Matt E. Jaremko–Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt: Narratives of Hope and Resilience for Victims of PTSD–is so gratifying, because it will help SO MANY PEOPLE. …

Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt will release in summer, 2018!

I am beyond thrilled to tell you that Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt, a creative non-fiction book written by Dr. Matt E. Jaremko and me, has found a publisher, Ayni Books. Our book should release in early summer, 2018. The best way to describe it to you is to borrow from our book proposal: …

Introduction to our book: Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt

For the past year, I have been collaborating with Beth Fehlbaum to write a book entitled: Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt. The first draft of this book is in the process of editorial submission and review but here we begin to discuss its purpose and anticipated impact. An overview of the book is provided …

Chapter 6 Playlist: Group Therapy Session: No One Left Behind

In Chapter 1 it was mentioned that there are four necessary and sufficient ingredients in successful trauma recovery treatment: 1-Finding a guide/therapist with whom to collaborate in planning and executing changes, 2-a critical mass of ‘leaps to the truth”, 3-Learning and using new and more effective coping skills, and 4-group involvement to model and support the change process. This chapter has introduced some of the reasons and methods a group can be used to help in trauma recovery, the fourth ingredient of successful treatment. The following songs and films will illustrate the power of the group even more.

1.  “Just Like the Man Said,” Martyn Joseph

Journeys together inspire hope as long as we keep walking on.

2. “The Shape of Us,” Ian Britt

Moving song about the strength of numbers in overcoming the hardships of life

3. “When You Come Back Down,” Nickel Creek

Supportive people are essential to recovery.

4. “One Friend,” Dan Seals

Friendship is immeasurably valuable.

5. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

Moving film about four people who have had tragedy and hardship in life, and who think there is no hope. Together, they come through amazing circumstances and find strength in, and with, each other: the potential for hope opens up.

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