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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781886968226
Publisher: Sidran Institute Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 259,421
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introductionix
Growing Beyond Survival
Crash Course in Child Development and Coping3
Crash Course in the Frustrated Fight or Flight Response7
Traumatic Stress Inventory8
The Toolbox
Tools of the Trade21
The Idea of Self-Regulation23
Cycle of Traumatic Stress Responses28
Tool: Grounding30
Tool: Reality Checks39
Tool: Imagery43
Tool: Gauge52
Tool: Regulator56
Tool: Container60
Tool: Journal Writing66
Tool: Safety78
Tool: Relaxation88
Tool: Sleep Strategies95
What Does It All Mean?
The Meaning of Awareness103
Tool: Self-Awareness105
Tool: Boundaries117
Shame127
Anger130
Putting Tools Together
Tools for Regulation of Thoughts142
Regulation of Feelings152
Regulation of Impulses164
Regulation of Sensory Experiences173
Peer Support Networks178
Conclusion180
Glossary of Terms181
Appendix185
Resources187
References/Reading List189

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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