Here are some further resources to help you on your path.
- The Tema Conter Memorial Trust is set up to help emergency workers learn about critical stress. It’s at www.tema.ca.
- Self-compassion is a site by Dr. Kristen Neff that focuses on the science behind the very difficult art and practice of being kind to ourselves (her area of focus). It’s at http://www.self-compassion.org. Check out her extensive section on research regarding self-compassion and links to other sites. Great stuff.
- “Focusing” is a method that can be used to become aware of, and then understand what is going on when you have a sense that “something is going on” inside you, but you don’t know what. This page has information on using the focusing technique in trauma. http://www.focusing.org/trauma.html
- Dr. David Baldwin has created a list of mental health trauma resources on the internet at: http://www.trauma-pages.com/
- Skip Straus has created http://www.emergencychaplain.org/ for Christian emergency services personnel.
- The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert is a wonderful book that the “Understanding the Basics” page on this site is based on. I highly recommend it.
- Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal by Belleruth Naparstek
- Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach
- Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Steven Hayes.
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Practitioner’s Guide to Using Mindfulness & Acceptance Strategies by Robyn D. Walser