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2nd Edition

From Trauma to Healing
A Social Worker's Guide to Working with Survivors

ISBN 9780367029258
Published November 27, 2020 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

This updated edition of From Trauma to Healing is a comprehensive and practical guide to working with trauma survivors in the field of social work.

Since September 11th and Hurricane Katrina, social workers have increasingly come together to consider how traumatic events impact practice. This text is designed to support the process, with a focus on evidence-based practice that ensures professionals are fully equipped to work with trauma. Highlights of this new edition include brand new chapters on practitioner bias and vulnerability, standardized assessment methodologies, and crisis management, as well as a focus on topics crucial to social workers such as Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and Adverse Childhood Events (ACES). The text also offers additional resources including chapter practice exercises and a sample trauma course syllabus for educators.

With fresh examples and discussion questions to help deal with traumatic events in practice, including interventions that may be applicable to current and future 21st century world events, such as the coronavirus pandemic, From Trauma to Healing, 2nd edition remains an essential publication on trauma for students and social workers alike.

Table of Contents

Part I. 1. You Can Be Affected Too: Secondary Trauma  2. Practitioner Bias and Vulnerability  Part II. 3. Traumatic Events  4. Family Violence, Abuse and Neglect  5. War and Terrorism  6. Life Threatening Illness  7. Witnessing Trauma  8. Vulnerable Populations  9. Cultural Considerations  Part III. 10. The Importance of Safety  11. Building Safe Relationships  12. Coping Skills and Self Care  Part IV. 13. Assessment  14. Crisis Management  15. Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy  16. Group Therapy  17. Other Trauma Interventions  Part V. 18. Program Development  19. Advocating for Survivors  20. Prevention and Community Organizing  Appendix. Sample Trauma Course Syllabus

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Ann Goelitz, PhD, LCSW, is a social work educator and trauma psychotherapist who has done extensive public speaking, published numerous academic articles, and co-authored an award-winning resource directory for caregivers.



"From Trauma to Healing provides a wealth of trauma information for social workers. Easy to read, informative, and full of helpful tips and case examples, it portrays in a sensitive and authentic manner the process of experiencing, coping with, and recovering from trauma." –Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, director of Treatment Innovations and adjunct professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School, author of Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse and Finding Your Best Self. Recovery from Addiction, Trauma, or Both.


"Social workers—more than other class of helping professionals—are major contributors to trauma recovery: at the scene, in the hospital and community, and providing therapy. Goelitz's comprehensive, and highly usable guide will be gratefully received by all. It is so important, I truly hope it will become required reading in all university and licensure programs. A must-have for every social worker’s bookshelf." –Babette Rothschild, M.S.W., author of The Body Remembers, Volumes 1 & 2, and 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery.


"Dr. Goelitz presents an extremely well-organized resource for social workers and related healthcare professionals on the basics of trauma and resilience. This work fills a necessary gap in graduate training and is a helpful resource for those new to the field. For experienced practitioners, this books issues a vital challenge for those of us who work with trauma to better take care of ourselves and each other."–Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500, author of Trauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide for Enhancing Recovery, Trauma Made Simple, EMDR Made Simple, Process Not Perfection, Dancing Mindfulness, and EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care.