Are you intrigued? Have you been enjoying Brain February? Want to know more? Understanding the brain is one of the exciting, cutting edge topics in our field.
Here are some places to learn more about the brain. All of these books are readable and understandable.
Perry, Bruce and Szalavitz, Maia. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook–What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing (2007) Basic Books – The book that revolutionized my thinking.
Saxe, Glenn; Ellis, B. Heidi; and Kaplow, Julie B. Collaborative Treatment of Traumatized Children and Teens: The Trauma Systems Therapy Approach (2006) The Guilford Press- Chapter Two presents a clear an explanation of the danger response and its effect on current behaviors.
Doidge, Norman The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science Penguin Books; 1 Reprint edition (March 15, 2007)This description of brain plasticity is inspiring about the importance of our work, and informative about the change process.
Badenoch, Bonnie The Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) W. W. Norton & Company (March 28, 2011)
These are beautiful books about using the brain knowledge in the moment-by- moment provision of therapy.
One of our therapists and trainers, Mary Dineen Elovitch LCSW, uses psycho-education about the brain as the cornerstone of her work with children. Click here for her bibliography of books for children that help them understand their brains.
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