The Little Book of Trauma Healing: Revised & Updated: When Violence Strikes and Community Security Is Threatened (Justice and Peacebuilding) (Paperback)

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How do we address trauma, interrupt cycles of violence, and build resilience in a turbulent world of endless wars, nationalism, othering, climate crisis, racism, pandemics, and terrorism? This fully updated edition offers a practical framework, processes, and useful insights.

The traumas of our world go beyond individual or one-time events. They are collective, ongoing, and the legacy of historical injustices. How do we stay awake rather than numbing or responding violently? How do we cultivate individual and collective courage and resilience?
 
This Little Book provides a justice-and-conflict-informed community approach to addressing trauma in nonviolent, neurobiologically sound ways that interrupt cycles of violence and meet basic human needs for justice and security. In these pages, you’ll find the core framework and tools of the internationally acclaimed Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program developed at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in response to 9/11. A startlingly helpful approach.

About the Author


Carolyn E. Yoder is the Founding Director of STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience), a training program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. She worked as an educator and psychotherapist in Asia, East and Southern Africa, the Middle East, and the Caucuses for more than eighteen years. She has a private psychotherapy practice specializing in transforming trauma and offers online resources at www.PeaceAfterTrauma.com. She holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from Alliant International University and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her husband, Rick, live in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.
 

Praise For…


"This insightful work is transforming the peacebuilding field which is now addressing trauma not only as a consequence of violence but as an important variable at the heart of instability. Yoder emphasizes the trauma-violence connection and presents a trauma-healing model that is the foundation for initiatives around the globe." —Belkys López, Peacebuilding Practitioner-Researcher

"With Trauma Healing, Carolyn gives us an invaluable tool for understanding the links between trauma, security, and violence. Perhaps more importantly, she offers a practical roadmap for disrupting cycles of violence in our homes, communities, and within our global family. Trauma Healing is a must-read. Don’t be misled, this Little Book is big—it has the power to transform you and the world." —Daria Nashat, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Trainer, Brussels, Belgium

"Carolyn Yoder’s Little Book is essential reading for everyone working toward racial healing. Foundational to the peacebuilding community of Coming to the Table—which seeks to overcome America’s legacy of slavery—it lights the way for individuals and communities to break free from historic trauma and the cycles of violence it induced." —Sharon Leslie Morgan and Thomas Norman DeWolf, Co-authors of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
 
 "Yoder’s Little Book presents a succinct yet comprehensive framing of a bio-psycho-social understanding of trauma and various approaches to healing. With its increased attention to historical, cultural, and structural causes of trauma, the Revised Little Book of Trauma Healing is an essential introduction to trauma for justice advocates, community organizers, leadership trainers, and anyone concerned with personal and collective manifestations of trauma." —David Anderson Hooker, PhD, Professor of the Practice of Peacebuilding Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame
 
Product Details
ISBN: 9781680996036
ISBN-10: 1680996037
Publisher: Good Books
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Pages: 152
Series: Justice and Peacebuilding

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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