August 4, 2008

Book Review - Healing Crisis and Trauma

This book explains how people react to traumatic experiences, both psychologically and physically. It helps caregivers understand the reactions or people who experience trauma and suggests ways in which they can help guide others toward healing. While much of this book discusses trauma in general terms, two chapters focus particularly on women's reactions to trauma and the reactions of patients with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. Wainrib discusses the "Phoenix Phenomenon," an explanation for why some individuals who experience trauma show resilience and go on to rebuild their lives, while others experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. She discusses the role of the physical body, the mind, and spirituality in healing after traumatic experiences and offers suggestions to caretakers and those who have experienced trauma on how to move beyond their trauma and heal.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Healing Crisis and Trauma with Mind, Body, and Spirit
Barbara Rubin Wainrib
RC 552 .P67 W32 2006