I highly recommend Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others (Paperback) by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, Connie Burk, Berrett-Koehler Publishers (May 1, 2009) which is available at
It is interesting that Van Dernoot Lipsky extends her audience to include those who work caring for animals and in ecological preservation. Witnessing the harm done to animals or to our world can also have profound effects on the helper. This book explains in detail sixteen common components of what she calls a “trauma exposure response”. The author then adapts a Native American custom to explore five directions to maintain ones self within this work. A daily centering practice is essential to her approach.
The cartoons added a nice touch!
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