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  • Attachment and Interpersonal Neurobiology

    by Daniel Siegel, MD and Tina Bryson, Ph.D. Co-author and Harvard trained psychiatrist, Dr. Siegel, is the national authority on interpersonal neurobiology.  He has made the three main layers of the brain easy for everyone to understand, and explains why strong emotions can hijack the rational brain.  This parenting book gives lots of practical guidance on how to cultivate secure attachment which, in turn, cultivates (or builds) emotional regulation in your children.  The end result is happy, well behaved children.  Parenting advice is broken down into age groups and includes a refrigerator list.

  • Trauma Resolution

    By Peter Levine, Ph.D., one of the leading authorities on trauma. This book gives a simple explanation of trauma and offers a number of exercises for healing trauma. A CD is included. This is a wonderful introduction to Somatic Experiencing (SE) which is one of the most effective trauma treatments. I refer to it as my “cheat sheet” for trauma work.


  • Pre and Perinatal Psychology

  • By Marcy Axness, PhD. This book is about hard wiring our babies and children with the brain circuitry for such essential peacemaker capacities as self-regulation, empathy, intelligence, trust and imagination. The win-win is that a child wired in this vibrantly healthy way is a joy to parent, and as an adult has the heart to embrace and exemplify peace, the mind to innovate solutions to social and ecological challenges, and the will to enact them. To be successful in a changing world.


  • Adoption

    by Heather T. Forbes and B. Bryan Post. This book covers in detail the effects of trauma on the body-mind and how trauma alters children's behavioral responses. The first four chapters help parents and professionals clearly understand the neurological research behind the basic model given in this book, deemed, 'The Stress Model.' While scientifically based in research, it is written in an easy to understand and easy to grasp format for anyone working with or parenting children with severe behaviors.


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