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Healing journeys : how trauma survivors learn to live again
Daniels, Linda.
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Fall Hills, N.J. : New Horizon Press, [2004]

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v, 216 pages ; 23 cm
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RC552.P67 D36 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Healing Journeys shows trauma victims how to live again, jump-starting the recovery process of ordinary people who have been dealt terrible blows, allowing them to be happy, hopeful, and healthy once again. Author Linda Daniels is a 9/11 survior.

Author Notes

Linda Daniels, Psy.D., an American Academy board-certified expert in traumatic stress and a clinical faculty member at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, directed a crisis counseling center for hundreds of survivors and families in the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks. A WTC survivor herself, she currently lives in New York, where she also has a private practice specializing in trauma recovery

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A psychologist and certified trauma expert, Daniels established and directed a crisis-counseling center at JFK airport for employees and their families for three months after the September 11 World Trade Center attack. Her anecdotal narratives of how survivors of that event found different paths toward healing can equally be applied to traumatic incidents such as enduring serious illness or domestic violence. Harrowing stories are related of survivors and those who lost loved ones on that day; Daniels herself escaped from an office on the 62d floor of One World Trade Center and offers her own narrative. But beyond those stories, Daniels details, in clear practical language, coping strategies such as breathing exercises, the use of imagery, journal writing and reaching out to others for help during all stages of recovery. Of particular impact is a chapter of how to deal with the threat of suicide after trauma and ways to help children and adolescents heal. Daniels shows that recovery is very individual, that it does not always take a linear path and that regression does not mean failure. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

We may be living in an age of apologies, but according to these two books, progressing to real forgiveness and reconciliation is a more complicated process. Daniels, a board-certified practitioner and clinical faculty member at the Long Island Medical Center, focuses on self-help for good people to whom bad things have happened. A former occupant of the World Trade Center who directed a crisis group after 9/11, she provides a particularly poignant and valuable perspective, offering survivor stories from that tragedy and others. In a direct, readable style, Daniels presents tips, exercises, coping mechanisms, and psychological tools to foster resilience rather than some vague state of "closure." This includes advice to seek professional help and appropriate medication when necessary. In contrast, Cose (The Envy of the World: On Being a Black Man in America), a contributing editor for Newsweek, combines an analysis of people's personal reactions to pain and suffering with a study of social justice issues. He relies on social science research, firsthand testimony, and fact-based, literary accounts of unforgettably evil acts throughout the world, covering crimes ranging from child abuse to genocide. The concepts of revenge, forgiveness, and reconciliation are applied to timely issues, including the death penalty, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its proposed application by other nations, and reparations as a viable method of redressing the consequences of slavery, genocide, and other inhumane acts. Cose discusses these profound, multifaceted questions in a thought-provoking and accessible narrative. However, his combining personal and social analysis is not totally successful, leaving several loose ends; one senses that the debate on many of the issues raised here has barely begun. Both books are recommended for public libraries, but Daniels's is a more practical work for trauma victims and their supporters.-Antoinette Brinkman, M.L.S., Evansville, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Chapter 1 My Trauma Revisitedp. 7
Chapter 2 Aftermath of Trauma: Fear and Uncertaintyp. 25
Chapter 3 Trauma and Griefp. 49
Chapter 4 Trauma and Denialp. 67
Chapter 5 Hopelessness and Helplessness: Trauma and Suicidep. 77
Chapter 6 Loss of Innocence: The Search for an Expanded Worldviewp. 89
Chapter 7 One Step at a Time: Embracing the Healing Pathp. 105
Chapter 8 A New Normal: Evolving Horizonsp. 121
Chapter 9 Trauma Reactions and Healing Paths for Children and Adolescentsp. 133
Chapter 10 Transitions to Recovery: Memorabilia, Anniversaries and Other Reflective Remembrancesp. 149
Chapter 11 Crisis May Unmask Opportunityp. 163
Chapter 12 Recovery versus Curep. 175
Chapter 13 Life's Healing Powers: Everyday Sacrednessp. 181
Conclusionp. 189
Referencesp. 193
Resourcesp. 205