Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Connie Burk


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This beloved bestseller—over 180,000 copies sold—has helped caregivers worldwide keep themselves emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and physically healthy in the face of the sometimes overwhelming traumas they confront every day.

A longtime trauma worker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll taken on those working to make the world a better place. We may feel tired, cynical, or numb or like we can never do enough. These, and other symptoms, affect us individually and collectively, sapping the energy and effectiveness we so desperately need if we are to benefit humankind, other living things, and the planet itself. 

In Trauma Stewardship, we are called to meet these challenges in an intentional way. Lipsky offers a variety of simple and profound practices, drawn from modern psychology and a range of spiritual traditions, that enable us to look carefully at our reactions and motivations and discover new sources of energy and renewal. She includes interviews with successful trauma stewards from different walks of life and even uses New Yorker cartoons to illustrate her points.

“We can do meaningful work in a way that works for us and for those we serve,” Lipsky writes. “Taking care of ourselves while taking care of others allows us to contribute to our societies with such impact that we will leave a legacy informed by our deepest wisdom and greatest gifts instead of burdened by our struggles and despair.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781576759448
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 05/04/2009
Series: BK Life (Paperback) Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 29,101
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is a trauma social worker and educator.
Connie Burk is the executive director of the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse.

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On the Cliff of Awakening

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jon Conte, Ph.D.
About the Coauthor
Introduction: On the Cliff of Awakening

Part One: Understanding Trauma Stewardship
Chapter One: A New Vision for Our Collective Work
Chapter Two: The Three Levels of Trauma Stewardship

Part Two: Mapping Your Response to Trauma Exposure
Chapter Three: What Is Trauma Exposure Response?
Chapter Four: The 16 Warning Signs of Trauma Exposure Response

Part Three: Creating Change from the Inside Out
Chapter Five: New Ways to Navigate
Chapter Six: Coming into the Present Moment

Part Four: Finding Your Way to Trauma Stewardship
Chapter Seven: Following the Five Directions
Chapter Eight: North: Creating Space for Inquiry
Chapter Nine: East: Choosing Our Focus
Chapter Ten: South: Building Compassion and Community
Chapter Eleven: West: Finding Balance
Chapter Twelve: The Fifth Direction: A Daily Practice of Centering Ourselves
Conclusion: Closing Intention
Selected Bibliography
About the Author

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