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Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress
     

Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress

by Elizabeth G. Vermilyea
 

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Growing Beyond Survival is a self-management workbook, which teaches skills that empower survivors to take control of and de-escalate their most distressing trauma related symptoms. Developed with input from survivor advocates in Maine, New York, and Maryland, and with the support of the Departments of Mental Health in the states of Maine and New York, this

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Growing Beyond Survival is a self-management workbook, which teaches skills that empower survivors to take control of and de-escalate their most distressing trauma related symptoms. Developed with input from survivor advocates in Maine, New York, and Maryland, and with the support of the Departments of Mental Health in the states of Maine and New York, this self-help toolkit is both comprehensive and flexible.

This versatile workbook can be used as an independent self-help program, in the context of individual therapy, or in a group setting. It teaches trauma survivors to recognize, contextualize, and understand distressing dissociative and posttraumatic reactions. It also creates a structure in which to learn and practice skills for self-regulation of the troublesome thoughts, feelings, and impulses related to traumatic experiences.

About The Author
Growing Beyond Survival was developed in part and extensively field tested at Trauma Disorders Programs at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. The author, Elizabeth Vermilyea, led symptom management groups at Sheppard Pratt for several years. She is currently a full-time trainer with the Sidran Traumatic Stress Foundation on topics related to traumatic stress conditions.

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Growing Beyond Survival is a unique skills workbook empowering survivors to take control of (and de-escalate) their most distressing trauma related symptoms. This self-regulation toolkit is comprehensive, flexible, and can be used independently as a self-paced, self-help program, or in the context of individual or groups therapy. Elizabeth Vermilyea offers a variety of expressive, containment, and visualization techniques that trauma survivors can draw upon to recognize, contextualize, and understand distressing dissociative and post-traumatic reactions. Growing Beyond Survival enables trauma survivors to understand where their symptoms come from and why, as well as become able to select and make use of different coping tools and strategies for self-regulation and resolution purposes. Very highly recommended as a personal and professional trauma stress reduction reference library.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886968097
Publisher:
Sidran Institute Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are Saying About This

Sharon M. Melnick
If you are a trauma survivor who is ready to rebuild your internal "home", this is the toolbox for you! ( Sharon M. Melnick, Ph.D.Victims of Violence Program, The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School)
Karen Winship
I'd like to thank Elizabeth Vermilyea and Sidran for giving survivors such important tools for healing. I plan to use Growing Beyond Survival in conjunction with my own therapy and I look forward to using it to aid my healing process. My therapist has also reviewed the book and said it would be an excellent companion in our work together. (Karen Winship, State of Maine Office of Trauma Services)
Jon G. Allen
Elizabeth Vermilyea offers trauma survivors a wealth of practical coping strategies in the context of a clinically sound rationale. Growing Beyond Survival integrates concrete techniques for regulating emotions into a systematic approach for enhancing self-awareness. The book�s encouraging and supportive tone gives survivors much-needed permission to engage in self-care. Trauma therapists also will find the book a useful resource from which they can glean many tips for helping their clients with self-regulation. (Jon G. Allen, PhD,Helen Malsin Palley Chair in Mental Health Research,The Menninger Clinic, Immediate Past Editor Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic)

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