Resources for Healing & Resilience - Readings

Below are several books that are helpful resources for healing and resilience.  Many of them are available in the Columbia libraries.  Students can request them as Kindles, hard copies, or read them online.

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Allies in Healing - When the Person You Love Is a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

Author and incest survivor Laura Davis offers practical advice and encouragement based on in-depth interviews and workshops for those trying to support survivors while tending to their own needs. Harper Collins (1991).

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk MD shows how traumatic stress re-arranges the brain’s wiring related to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust – and covers neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Viking Penguin (2014).

Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving

A book that addresses all forms of abuse by contributors of different races, class, ethnicities, education, origin, sexuality, and gender. By Matilda a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore. Harrington Park Press (2004).
Read online. 

Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence

Artists, activists, mothers, writers and students share stories of survival, and what it means to them to be an advocate and ally to survivors. Edited by Lisa Factora-Borchers, who worked extensively with survivors of sexual violence in nonprofit and university settings. With Aishah Shahidah Simmons, incest and rape survivor.  AK Press (2014)

Eight Bullets: One Woman’s Story of Surviving Anti-Gay Violence

Claudia Brenner’s personal account of a shooting attack in May 1988 that left her wounded, and that killed her 28-year-old partner, Rebecca Wight. Brenner covers the murder, its aftermath, and her path to recovery and activism.  Firebrand Brooks (1995).

I Never Told Anyone - Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

The testimonies of 34 women who were molested by relatives, neighbors and strangers, and how they survived. Co-edited by Ellen Bass, Louise Thornton, Jude Brister, Grace Hammond, Jean Huntley, and Vicki Lamb. Harper & Row (1983).

Letters for My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect

Featuring writings by transgender women, with contributions by well-known trans women Andrea James, Calpernia Addams, Lynn Conway and Jennifer Finney Boylan. Transgress Press (2014).

Mindfulness for Beginners

Professor of Medicine Emeritus and Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Jon Kabat Zinn introduces new students of mindfulness to the benefits of the practice, including stress reduction, alleviation of depression, chronic pain relief, and more. (2012)

Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga

Beyond traditional talk therapy, this book introduces trauma-sensitive yoga for men, women, teens, returning veterans, and othes. Developed with clinicians and yoga teachers, along with medical doctor Bessel van der Kolk. Authored with Elizabeth Hopper, PhD.  North Atlantic Books (2012).

The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms

How to regain emotional resilience after a traumatic event, by Mary Beth Williams, PhD, clinical social worker and trauma specialist, and Soili Poijula, PhD, clinical psychologist and psychotherapist - with techniques used by PTSD specialists based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and evidence-based therapy. New Harbinger Publications (2013).
Read online.

Recovery: How to Survive Sexual Assault for Women, Men, Teenagers, Their Friends and Families

This guide offers survivors of rape, their friends and relatives knowledge from social workers and social scientists on the short -and long-term effects of rape. It includes information about date rape, rape crisis programs, rape shelters and other social resources, researched by Helen Benedict. Columbia University Press (1994).

Speaking Our Truth: Voices of Courage and Healing for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Inspiring accounts of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse whose stories provide other survivors and particularly other male survivors with hope, recognition, and healing. Compiled by Neal King, PhD. Harper Perennial Library (1995).

Surviving the Silence – Black Women’s Stories of Rape

Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, and English Professor Charlotte Pierce-Baker tells the harrowing and courageous account of her own rape and includes the stories of her family's response, and the voices of black men who have supported rape survivors. Published by W.W. Norton & Company (2000). Read more from the author in Barnard’s Scholar & Feminist.

Thriving in the Wake of Trauma: A Multicultural Guide, Contributions in Psychology

An examination of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, migration status, religion and many other cultural factors and their a role in recovery from a traumatic event. Dr. Thema Bryant Davis describes how to recognize issues that need to be considered for healing. 
Read online.

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

A book about the often-unrecognized toll upon those working with survivors, secondary exposure to trauma and its impacts, and ways to manage these. Authors Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk have worked with survivors of violence and sexual violence, LGBTQ survivors and individuals and organizations on the front line of trauma care and emergency services. Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2007).
Read online.

Trauma, Stress, and Resilience Among Sexual Minority Women: Rising Like the Phoenix

A resource to examine trauma, violence, and stress as experienced by lesbian and bisexual women, with unprecedented data on the prevalence, impact, and meaning of traumatic experiences in the lives of sexual minorities. By Kimberly Balsam, PhD. Routledge (2012).
Read online.

Witness to Resilience: Stories of Intimate Violence

Poems crafted from the brutal stories of survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence, with whom author and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R) Jane Seskin has worked for decades. Jane Seskin (2013).

Young Men of Color and the Other Side of Harm – Addressing Disparities in Our Reaction to Violence

This VERA Institute publication by Danielle Sered addresses the disparities faced by young men of color and particularly their experience as victims of crime and violence amid barriers to economic advancement, education and positive health outcomes. New York City VERA Institute (2015).