Healing Crisis and Trauma with Mind, Body, and Spirit

Healing Crisis and Trauma with Mind, Body, and Spirit

by Barbara Rubin Wainrib

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Designated a Doody's Core Title!

We live in a changed world, a world where the enemy is no longer in uniform on the other side of a trench. There is no longer an identified "war zone" and the "enemy" may be the innocent looking person standing next to us. Clear boundaries and an assumption of safety no longer exist.

Learning new skills to


Designated a Doody's Core Title!

We live in a changed world, a world where the enemy is no longer in uniform on the other side of a trench. There is no longer an identified "war zone" and the "enemy" may be the innocent looking person standing next to us. Clear boundaries and an assumption of safety no longer exist.

Learning new skills to address the injuries incurred by sudden trauma and unpredictable lives is essential. This book is written for those persons in the "helping professions." It is also written for those who have a sufficient understanding of psychology and a sufficient awareness of our current world, and want to gain some knowledge about being helpful.

This book offers the educator and the practitioner training methods, exercises, and intervention techniques applicable to the gamut of experiences that we currently encounter. It also will introduce readers to newer concepts and their applications such as role play, spirituality, the role of animals in healing, and the concept of forgiveness. Throughout the book, whether it is in those who represent the highly resilient or those who continue to struggle, a strengths perspective is emphasized. Finally, this book describes the "Phoenix Phenomenon", a concept Wainrib developed during the course of her teaching and practice, which articulates and illustrates an inherent ability to use resilience in the process of converting pain into growth.

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is one of the premier books regarding trauma and resilience. The author successfully provides the framework and in-depth explanations for her concept of the Phoenix Phenomenon which describes one's ability to convert pain into growth.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide those in the mental health field with new knowledge and skills to address the aftermath of injuries incurred by sudden trauma and the unpredictability of the world around us. On a much larger scale, the book provides a much needed tone of hope and optimism which many readers will find both refreshing and stimulating.
Audience: At a basic level, anyone in the mental health field who is a clinician or researcher involved in trauma will undoubtedly find this to be a valuable reading experience. Graduate students, and to some extent clients who are at an appropriate level in their treatment, will appreciate this book. The author brings an abundance of compassion and knowledge from over 30 years of experience in the trauma field to this book.
Features: The book is only 161 pages long, yet is surprisingly in depth and wonderfully written. The various levels of trauma are discussed with particular emphasis on not only 9/11 but women and trauma. The role that cancer plays in trauma is a poignant and moving chapter. What is most interesting is the author's concept of the Phoenix Phenomenon, a concept that will transform how you understand trauma and allow you to further appreciate resiliency. Various healing exercises are discussed, and a strong chapter on forgiveness rounds out this book.
Assessment: This is truly a tour de force and one of the best books written on trauma. Readers will have a difficult time putting this book down and will certainly read it cover to cover. This is a must read for all clinicians and researchers involved in the field of trauma.

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"In a world where every daily newspaper alerts us to threats to our safety, Wainrib offers the reader an antidote of resilience, spirituality and healing. This powerful resource covers everything from genocide and mass trauma to the experiences of individuals who undergo life-threatening illness. Her words teach us forgiveness and manage to leave us with hope in these difficult times."

-Sandra Haber, PhD, former President of Psychologists in Independent Practice, a division of The American Psychological Association

"Healing Crisis and Trauma with Mind, Body and Spirit is truly a remarkable effort. Barbara Wainrib, an internationally known expert in the area of trauma and crisis, has distilled a lifetime of professional experience to write this book. It is a Must Read for every clinician and counselor in this era of terrorism and horrific natural disasters."

-Ronald F. Levant, EdD, ABPP, Co-Editor, A New Psychology of Men, Dean & Professor of Psychology, University of Akron

"... the primary strength of this book lies in Wainrib's inclusion of life threatening illness as a traumatic experience. often this is neglected in trauma research, and Wainrib makes the astute observation..." -- Beth S. Gershuny and Danielle R. King from PsycCRITIQUES

Meet the Author

Barbara Rubin Wainrib, EdD, is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in independent practice in Montreal. Born and raised in New York City, she led her class in the MSc in clinical psychology at McGill University in 1959, and received her EdD in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1976.

She has recently retired from her associate professorship at McGill University's Department of Counselor Education and Psychology where she taught graduate level courses in life crisis and trauma, psychosocial oncology, and other topics for over 23 years. She also supervised graduate students in their training program there.

In addition to her many professional publications, she has authored, coauthored, and contributed to several books, including Gender Issues Across the Life Cycle (Springer Publishing, 1992), Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response: Theory and Practice (Springer Publishing, 1998), Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Women and the Men They Love (1996), and Breast Cancer: A Psychological Treatment Manual, edited by Dr. Sandra Haber (Springer Publishing, 1995).

Dr. Wainrib's publications have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and German. She has acted as consultant to groups, organizations, and the international media, and has run hundreds of programs dealing with life crisis, trauma, life-threatening illness, spirituality, and other aspects of psychological skill development for both professionals and laypeople. She has been elected to the National Academies of Practice in Washington, DC, as a "Distinguished Practitioner."

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