Books

Clear Vision

The Power of Story to Heal Therapist and Client: A Workbook to Rejuvenate and Empower Therapists

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.

Dr. Peterson has created a one-day six-CEU workshop for therapists based on these materials. 

Write Out Loud

The Power of Journaling for Families that Live with Life Threatening Work

Those who work in war and war-like situations—military, police, firefighters, border patrol—face danger each day. Their spouses and children, left at home, often worry and stress with emotions they do not know how to release. The writing exercises in Write Out Loud! allow emotional release and connect all family members, including children. This journaling guide is designed for those who experience the uncertainty of danger and loss, as well as the upheaval of frequent moves, absence and reintegration. Other activities include trauma intervention tools such as Emotional Freedom Techniques, Sleep intervention and Guided Imagery.

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.

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Write Out Loud

Teacher/Facilitator Guide: A Journaling Workshop to Reconnect Military Families

A Facilitator guide for teaching a 6 week course called Write Out Loud. This course helps military families work through difficulties that may arise from deployment and reintegration through structured writing, art and journal activities. The exercises connect all family members, including children. Other activities include trauma intervention tools such as Emotional Freedom Techniques, Sleep intervention and Guided Imagery.

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.

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.