Life Long Learning

We are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us,  meaning that each voice contributes to the body of knowledge increasing our ability to do better with each passing year.

It is likely that we will be challenging our own work in 10 years because we will have evolved our body of understanding and knowledge through a commitment to learning, research and connecting with others in an open way.

So often we come across “Leaders” in the field who once were “pioneers”.  They were once dedicated to challenging the status quo and making things better– but then they get stuck in what they are doing and become “guardians” of old ways.

We hope that we never become guardians- but to maintain that pioneer spirit.  In order to do that-  we cannot become attached or married to any one paradigm, program or practice.

We must remain committed to the possibility that “we can do better”.  We must remain committed to “Change”.  In order to that-  we have to be “Life Long Learners”.


We have compiled a list of books, movies and films that we think are amazing and have really contributed in one way or another to our curriculum and body of knowledge.  They are not in any particular order, but they are all highly recommended.


Living with Mental Health:

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Lets Pretend this Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson


Brene Brown is one of our heros!  Her work has had a huge impact on the work that we do!  I highly recommend all of her books:

Men, Women and Worthiness: The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enough

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage

I thought it was just me (but it isn’t):  Making the Journey from “What will People Think” to “I Am Enough”

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let go of who you think your supposed to be and embrace who you are

Daring Greatly:  How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead.

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Rising Strong:  The Reckoning.  The Rumble.  The Revolution

Trauma Informed Care-  our “current standard” and best expectation:

Trauma Stewardship:  An everyday guide to care for self while care for others
by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel van der Kolk

Restoring Sanctuary:  A New Operating System for Trauma Informed Systems of Care  by Sandra L. Bloom and Brain Farragher

Becoming Trauma Informed
Edited by Nancy Poole and Lorraine Greaves

101 Trauma Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward    by Linda Curran

Trauma Informed Treatment:  The Restorative Approach
by Patricia Wilcox

Trauma Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents
by William Steele and Cathy A. Malchiodi

Sex Trafficking Prevention:  A Trauma Informed Approach for Parents and Professionals by Savannah Sanders

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga:  Reclaiming your Body
by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper

A Comprehensive Guide to:  Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Michael L. Wehmeyer,  Ivan Brown,  Maire Percy,  Karrie Shogren,  Wai Lun Alan Fung
(This one seems counter- but we are borrowing from this field to develop Trauma Informed Strategies to communicate with people who are experiencing high stress and trauma.    This community has done a lot of work in the area of “Self-Determination” and communicating with people in a way that a stressed out mind might be better able to hear).


We are more than “clients”  we are people with complicated experiences:

13 Reasons Why  by Jay Asher
My Story by Elizabeth Smart
The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser
The Sum of My Parts by Olga Trujillo
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
College Girl by Laura Gray-Rosendale


What is Trauma??

Trauma and Memory:  Brain and Body in Search for the Living Past by Peter Levine

Walking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
by Peter Levine

Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of Violence from Domestic Violence to Political Terror
by Judith Herman

The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog: and other stories form a child psychologists notebook  by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz

Trauma Proofing your Kids:  A Parents Guid for instilling confidence, joy and resilience by Peter Levine and Maggie Kline

Healing Trauma:  A Body Based Approach by Peter Levine

Mindfulness Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices edited by Victoria M. Follette, John Briere, Deborah Rozelle, James W. Hopper and David Rome

Rising Above the Scars by Johnnetta McSwain


On Love:
Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered
by Maia Szalavitz and Bruce Perry

All About Love:  New Visions by bell hooks


The Brain:

Unthinkable:  An Extraordinary Journey Through the Worlds Strangest Brains
by Helen Thomson

A Calm Brain:  How to Relax into a Stress- Free High-Powered Life
by Gayatri Devi

The Brain:  The Story of You  by David Eagleman

How Emotions are Made:  The Secret Life of the Brain
by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt

Blink:  The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell




The Brain with David Eagleman
PBS (can be found on Amazon Prime



The Invisible War:  Combating Military Sexual Trauma
(featuring our own Russell Strand)

The Hunting Ground: and Expose of Sexual Violence on College Campuses, Institutional Responses





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