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From Trauma to Healing: A Social Workers Guide to Working with Survivors

From Trauma to Healing: A Social Worker’s Guide for Working With Survivors is the next significant publication on trauma in the field of social work. Since September 11 and Hurricane Katrina, social workers have come together increasingly to consider how traumatic events impact practice. From Trauma to Healing is designed to provide direction in this process, supporting both the field’s movement towards evidence-based practice and social workers’ growing need to be equipped to work with trauma. It does so in the practical-guide format already proven to be compelling to social work students, educators, and practitioners, providing case examples, and addressing social workers’ unique ecological approach.


  • Foreword AlexGitterman
  • Introduction
  •  Part1: First Things First - Safety After Trauma
  • 1. The Importance of Safety
  • 2. Building Safe Relationships
  • Part 2: Important Considerations
  • 3. You Can be Affected Too - Secondary Trauma
  • 4. Vulnerable Populations
  • 5. Cultural Factors
  • Part 3: Tools for Surviving Trauma
  • 6. Crisis Management, Assessment, and Referral for Aid
  • 7. Coping Skills and Self Care 
  • Part 4: The Survivor's Experience
  • 8. Witnessing Trauma
  • 9. Experiencing Trauma Directly
  • Part 5: Potentially Traumatic Events
  • 10. Life Threatening Illness
  • 11. Intimate Partner Violence
  • 12. Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Part 6: Direct Interventions for Social Workers
  • 13. Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy
  • 14. Group Therapy
  • 15. Other Trauma Interventions
  • Part 7: Working in the Community
  • 16. Program Development
  • 17. Advocating for Survivors
  • 18. Prevention and Community Organizing
  • References Index

Author Bio:

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

Abigail Stewart-Kahn, MSW, LCSW, is a social worker focusing specifically on intimate partner violence and childhood exposure to trauma. She has worked directly with children and their families and in innovative program development and prevention.


"Social workers-more than any other class of helping professional-are major contributors to trauma recovery: at the scene, in the hospital, in the community, and providing therapy. Goelitz's accessible, 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. This is a must-have for every social worker's bookshelf." - Babette Rothschild, MSW, author of The Body Remembers and 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery

"From Trauma to Healing provides a real service to social workers. The importance of self-care is rightly emphasized, and practical, seasoned guidelines abound-not just for clinical work but for program building and advocacy as well. Having this book on hand is like having a wise, compassionate supervisor close by." - Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD, author of Invisible Heroes and creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery audio series.

"From Trauma to Healing is a unique, even extraordinary addition to social work literature. Schools of social work rarely offer courses about trauma and graduates are not adequately prepared to treat it. This volume rectifies this situation in the most profound and readable fashion. It is a great contribution." - Robert Salmon, professor emeritus, Hunter College School of Social Work

"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, professor of psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, lecturer, Harvard Medical School, and author of Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse.

From Trauma to Healing: A Social Workers Guide to Working with Survivors

Author: Ann Goelitz

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