Clear Vision: The Power of Story to Heal Therapist and Client

Clear Vision is designed to rejuvenate and empower therapists, enabling them to better serve clients (and themselves!) New research shows that people who experience trauma or vicarious trauma begin to shut down peripheral vision and no longer see the big picture. This book uses narrative therapy, depth psychology, techniques of spiritual practice, and the seminal work of journal therapy pioneers Dr. Ira Progoff and Kathleen Adams to help restore "clear vision" through writing exercises. The purpose of Clear Vision is to review your whole life in motion and restore a sense of purpose and continuity in the way you engage in relationship to others. It helps one revisit fate and destiny.

The author plays devil's advocate with stiff diagnostic labels and the tendency to put the therapist in a hierarchy over clients. Such practices contribute to burnout/compassion fatigue. Linda points out a seldom acknowledged fact that while therapists are healing clients, the client is also healing the therapist (by unrecognized, unconscious mechanisms! Clear Vision goes beyond the conditions of compassion fatigue, in that it introduces a therapy approach which can be generalized to many client populations as well as therapists.

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478179848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478179849

Dr. Peterson has created a one-day six-CEU workshop for therapists based on these materials. For additional details, follow this link.

Write Out Loud: Reconnecting Military Families

Write Out Loud provides a outline for facilitators to conduct a six week writing/art/music workshop for all members of a military family. The writing approach in WOL is based on Operation Homecoming which was conducted by the National Foundation of the Arts for deployed and reintegrating soldiers and their families. The experience of writing to decrease depression, PTSD, and other war wounds is currently being tested using PET scans by the Air Force. Our warriors are returning with record high traumatic brain injuries and disabilities. Families left behind report increased child abuse and domestic violence upon reunification. Family intervention is needed and requires a specific skill set. Write Out Loud describes the unique culture of the Military Family and includes a list of Do's and Don'ts for this population. Self examination is advised for facilitators to determine whether they have the moxie to do the work required!

Write Out Loud includes structured writing, art, and martial arts activities that connect all family members (including children). The film Muse of Fire is introduced to normalize the use of writing for helping soldiers and families; a video of the British Military Wives Choir emphasizes the value of group activities; clips from Good Will Hunting capture the philosophy of the Warrior experience as an initiation. PTSD is considered a natural consequence to the brain and body enduring the experience of combat. In fact, the D (disorder) can be deleted for warriors with PTS! The events borne in military action are often an affront to the values and identity of the soldier. The work of Edward Tick, as introduced in his book War and the Soul, is advised. How to deal with moral and emotional wounds from the perspective of warrior, spouse and child/children is the objective of WOL intervention. Trauma intervention tools include Emotional Freedom techniques, guided imagery, and cognitive restructuring each of which show sensory integration efficacy for all races and socio-economic classes.

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • CreateSpace (June 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477615105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477615102

Dr. Peterson has developed three-hour and six-hour workshops for professionals and military family members based on this material. This workshop has been approved for 3 CEU's with the State of Michigan Social Work Association. For more details, follow this link.

Children in Distress: A Guide for Screening Children's Art

Children who have been traumatized but cannot talk about their experiences, either because they have pledged their silence or because they do not know the words, subconsciously call for help through their art.

The authors have developed a simple, one-page art screening form for use with the "human figure drawing" (HFD) and the "kinetic family drawing" (KFD), which has brought a standardization to the interview of these children and the interpretation of their art. This is invaluable to front-line clinicians, private practitioners, trauma centers, child protective services, and the legal system.

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • W. W. Norton & Company
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-70248-4

Dr. Peterson has create a one-day workshop based on this book which she teaches nationally for the Trauma and Loss Center (TLC), and internationally in Germany, France, England and Australia. For details, follow this link.

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