Articles that Focus on Adult Trauma

A number of new articles have been added to this site that focuses on emotional or psychological trauma rooted in early life experience. The newer, as well as older materials focus on somatic experience and relationship as the means of bringing about neurological repair and healing. Featured are leading authorities in the field of psychological or emotional trauma whose emphasis is on changing the brain. These papers focus on identifying, preventing and healing emotional trauma in children and adults.

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Articles For Professionals:

Jane R. Wheatley-Crosbie, MSW, LCSW. – Healing Traumatic Reenactment: Psyche’s Return From Soma’s Underworld 

Marjorie L. Rand, Ph.D. – Boundaries in the Therapeutic Relationship
Help for therapists who want to avoid secondary or vicarious trauma

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD – The Compulsion to Repeat the Trauma Re-enactment, Revictimization, and Masochism
This is an article for professionals by one of the best known pioneers in the field of trauma and his focus on PTSD

Bessel van der Kolk, MD – The Body Keeps The Score: Memory and the evolving psychobiology of post traumatic stress

Bessel van der Kolk, MD – Dissociation and the Fragmentary Nature of Traumatic memories: Overview and Exploratory Study


Diana Fosha, Ph. D. – TRUE SELF, TRUE OTHER AND CORE STATE: Toward a Clinical Theory of Affective Change Process 


Dr. Allan N. Schore – The Effects of a Secure Attachment Relationship on Right Brain Development, Affect Regulation, and Infant Mental Health
Long and detailed comprehensive article for both the informed lay reader and professionals who work with children, teenagers and adults.

Articles For Both Health Professionals And Non-Professionals:

Daniel Siegel, MD – Professional Interview
This web article by Daniel Siegel, for both lay and professional audiences, breaks down and details the kinds of personal and interpersonal experience that results in successful or unsuccessful attachment bonds.

Constance M. Lillas, Ph.D., MFT, RN – Addressing Infant and Toddler Issues in the Juvenile Court: Challenges for the 21st Century 
The article, for both lay and professional readers, outlines problems in the judicial system itself that create trauma in children.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – Principles of Working With Traumatized Children
An excellent list of do’s and don’t for responding to a child who has been traumatized.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – Biological Relativity: Time and the Developing Child
A gripping expiation of why it is so important to deliberately engage the developing brain of an infant and young child.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – The Meaning in Words
An interview by Helen Benhem, Scholastic Corporate Vice President Founder, Early Childhood Division with Dr Perry that focuses on the importance for children of adult interaction in learning the meaning of words.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – The Developmental Hot Zone
A vivid description of how the how the brain learns and changes by absorbing information.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – Curiosity: The Fuel of Development

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – Attachment: The First Core Strength
A detailed description of the attachment bond.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – Self-Regulation: The Second Core Strength
How adults play a pivotal role in helping children self-regulate.

Bruce D Perry and colleagues -Childhood Trauma, the Neurobiology of Adaptation and Use- dependent Development of the Brain: How States become Traits.
Outstanding background article for anyone interested in expanding their understanding of the personal and social consequences of early emotional trauma.

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D – Panic, Biology, and Reason: Giving the Body Its Due

Pat Ogden, Ph.D. and Kekuni Minton, Ph.D. – Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma
A description of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Don Dorsey, Ed.D. – EMDR and the Neurobiology and Treatment of Trauma
A brief but well documented description of EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing ) and its application to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Darling G. Villena-Mata, Ph.D – Similarities between Adult Children of Alcoholics or Childhood Abuse With Recipients of Societal Trauma
This article focuses on societal trauma

Paula Thomson, Psy.D. – The Traumatized Imagination: Creativity, Trauma and the Neurobiology of the Resilient Spirit
Focuses on the relationship between creativity and trauma

Gina Ross, psychotherapist, MFCC – The Trauma Vortex in Action Again in the Middle East
Focuses on societal trauma and offers an approach to healing at the societal level.

Marcy Axness, Ph.D. – What is “The Primal Wound” – Understanding the Trauma of Mother-Newborn Separation
Focuses on trauma from the perspective of adoption

Marcy Axness, Ph.D. – Babies Separated from Mothers at Birth
An interview about the trauma of infant maternal separation, with Dr. Wendy McCord, a nationally recognized pre- and perinatal psychologist and family therapist.

Gabor Mate MD from his book Scattered Minds This is a commercial site that contains an clear, detailed and well written account of the experience of developmental trauma and its life long multigenerational influence. Excellent material for the non-professional as well as professional reader.

Mary Sykes Whylie -The Limits of Talk 
An excellent article for the lay reader written about Bessel van der Kolk

After The Emergency Is Over: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder In Children And Youth 
Outstanding site for parents and anyone interested in children
This excellent website offers information on attachment and disrupted attachment for families who have adopted traumatized children -especially those from foreign countries.