The Little Book of Trauma Healing: Revised & Updated

When Violence Strikes And Community Security Is Threatened


About The Book

How can we effectively address the threat of terrorism? What helps being about long-term security? What stops cycles of victimhood? What role can Restorative Justice play? This fully updated edition offers insightful answers.

Following the staggering events of September 11, 2001, the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University was asked to help, along with Church World Service, to equip religious and civil leaders for dealing with traumatized communities. The staff and faculty proposed Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) programs. Now, STAR director, Carolyn Yoder, has shaped the strategies and learnings from those experiences into this newly updated book for all who have known terrorism and threatened security. Topics covered include:

  • Trauma as a call to change and transformation
  • Societal or collective trauma
  • Trauma affects us physiologically
  • Ongoing trauma
  • Limitations of defining unhealed trauma through a PTSD frame
  • Incomplete grieving
  • Acknowledgment
  • Reconnection
  • Prevent trauma by learning to wage peach
  • And much more.

A startlingly helpful approach. A title in The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Good Books (May 5, 2020)
  • Length: 120 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781680996036

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Raves and Reviews

"This insightful work is transforming the peacebuilding field which is now addressing trauma not only as a consequence of violence but as an important variable at the heart of instability. Yoder emphasizes the trauma-violence connection and presents a trauma-healing model that is the foundation for initiatives around the globe." —Belkys López, Director of Research and Learning, Green String Network, Nairobi, Kenya

"With Trauma Healing, Carolyn gives us an invaluable tool for understanding the links between trauma, security, and violence. Perhaps more importantly, she offers a practical roadmap for disrupting cycles of violence in our homes, communities, and within our global family. Trauma Healing is a must-read. Don’t be misled, this Little Book is big—it has the power to transform you and the world." —Daria Nashat, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Trainer, Brussels, Belgium

"Carolyn Yoder’s Little Book is essential reading for everyone working toward racial healing. Foundational to the peacebuilding community of Coming to the Table—which seeks to overcome America’s legacy of slavery—it lights the way for individuals and communities to break free from historic trauma and the cycles of violence it induced." —Sharon Leslie Morgan and Thomas Norman DeWolf, Co-authors of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
 "Yoder’s Little Book presents a succinct yet comprehensive framing of a bio-psycho-social understanding of trauma and various approaches to healing. With its increased attention to historical, cultural, and structural causes of trauma, the Revised Little Book of Trauma Healing is an essential introduction to trauma for justice advocates, community organizers, leadership trainers, and anyone concerned with personal and collective manifestations of trauma." —David Anderson Hooker, PhD, Professor of the Practice of Peacebuilding Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame

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