BOOKS (Selected suggested reads, by title)

Are u ok?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health (c2018, Kati Morgan) offers accessible advice from a licensed family therapist and You Tube personality to answer commonly asked questions about mental health, including when to get help , where to find it, and how to evaluate it.

Change-able: How Collaborative Problem-Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School and at Work (c2019, J. Stuart Ablon, PhD) presents an approach to problem-solving that asks for this perspective shift: What if people don’t misbehave because they want to, but because they lack the skills to do better? Based on more than twenty-five years of clinical work with juvenile offenders as well training parents, teachers, counselors and law enforcement, and supported by research in neuroscience, Changeable presents a radical new way of thinking about challenging and unwanted behavior — Collaborative Problem Solving — that builds empathy, helps others reach their full potential, and most of all really works.

The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog (c2006, Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Maia Szalavitz) takes you through a psychiatrist’s journey of discovery of the impact of trauma on the developing brain using unforgettable examples from his practice.

The Deepest Well (c2017, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris) explains the research behind ACES,  her own experience using ACES to guide her practice in California, and a review of ways in which this information can guide services to children and adults.

The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The transformative power of feeling safe (c2017, Stephen W. Porges) explains the theory and its implications in an accessible format; a bit more technical than othe other titles listed here.

The Telomere Effect (c2017, Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD and Elissa Epel, PhD) is an account of Dr. Blackburn’s Nobel Prize winning science on how stress impacts our chromosomes blended with a variety of actionable advice on how to manage stress to improve health.

What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing (c2021, Dr. Bruce Perry, Oprah Winfrey) blends Ms. Winfrey’s review of traumatic events in her life and how she addressed and overcame them with Dr. Perry’s explanation of the science guiding our understanding of stress and resilience.