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HEALING BOOK CLUB

Join us each week as we read through and discuss trauma-healing books and materials in a safe, group atmosphere.

 

Registration is Open

If you like to read, and you’re interested in increasing your knowledge of trauma recovery while interacting in a safe group with other survivors, our Healing Book Club is for you!

What we're reading...

As of March 20th, 2021, the current book is – “The Tao of Fully Feeling”.

by Pete Walker.

Excerpt from Amazon listing -This book is a handbook for increasing your emotional intelligence. Moreover, if you are a survivor of a dysfunctional family, it is a guide for repairing the damage done to your emotional nature in childhood. As such it is actually a sequel to my later book: Complex PTSD from Surviving To Thriving.

The Tao of Fully Feeling focuses primarily on the emotional healing level of trauma recovery. It is a safe handbook for grieving losses of childhood. Whether or not you are a childhood trauma survivor, this book is a guide to emotional health. The degree of our mental health is often reflected in the degree to which we love and respect ourselves and others in a myriad of different feeling states.

Real self-esteem and real intimacy with others depend on the ability to lovingly be there for oneself and others, whether one’s feeling experience is pleasant or unpleasant. Those who can only be there for themselves or another during the “good” times show no constancy, inspire little trust, and are only fair-weather friends to themselves and others. Without access to our dysphoric feelings, we are deprived of the most fundamental part of our ability to notice when something is unfair, abusive, or neglectful.

Those who cannot feel their sadness often do not know when they are being unfairly excluded, and those who cannot feel their normal angry or fearful responses to abuse, are often in danger of putting up with it without protest. Repressing our emotions creates anxiety and stress, and stress, like most of our emotions is often treated like some unwanted waste that must be removed.

Until all of the emotions are accepted indiscriminately (and acceptance does not imply license to dump emotions irresponsibly or abusively), there can be no wholeness, no real sense of well-being, and no solid sense of self-esteem. Thus, while it may be fairly easy to like oneself when feelings of love, happiness or serenity are present, deeper psychological health is seen only in the individual who can maintain a posture of self-compassion and self-respect in the times of emotional hurt that accompany life’s inevitable losses, disappointments, and unforeseen difficulties.

Finally, this book explores the nature and limits of real forgiveness – identifying behaviors and people who cannot authentically be forgiven.

How Does the Healing Book Club Work?

We meet every Saturday at 4pm eastern

Join us online at the same time, every week.

Held in our secure, online Zoom room

Join us each week from any device with an internet connection

Catch up or Replay any call.

All book club calls are recorded and saved for later viewing in our members area.

Affordable Monthly Membership

For only $10.00 per month, you can join us. Click here to see why we charge a fee. We also have 6-month and yearly plans!

Knowledgeable Leaders

All book club calls are lead by a foundation staff member

Resources Applicable to Healing

We always read and discuss trauma healing related material.
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We value your input

You help us decide on upcoming books by sharing your input, and giving us feedback to make the calls the best they can be.

Safe Atmosphere

Our book club is free from invalidation and judgement. Everyone’s opinion is valued and appreciated. See our Rules & Guidelines.

Your amazing book club leader, is Sabra Cain.

Sabra has been a part of CPTSD Foundation since 2017, and thoroughly enjoys reading and learning about trauma-informed care and sharing her knowledge to help others. She is also currently in graduate school seeking her Masters in Social Work (MSW).

Sabra Cain

Healing Book Club Facilitator

If you have questions, suggestions, or concerns about the book club, please log in to your member’s area and click on the “how are we doing” button on the side of the page.

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Stay Up to Date

Check the Healing Book Club Calendar

We meet every Saturday at 4pm eastern. We keep the calendar updated with progress,  and upcoming talking points so you always know where we are in the current resource.

Ways to obtain the books we read

We understand that books can sometimes be expensive, and not everyone can afford to purchase a new copy, so we’ve outlined some additional ways to obtain new and used copies of the resources we cover.

Amazon

This is perhaps the most convenient and one of the most affordable ways. You can purchase new and used copies of books for very low or free shipping.

Kindle

If you have the Kindle app for your phone (it’s free), or any kindle device, you can purchase a book and have it immediately sent to your device or app. This method is usually much less expensive than traditional paperback.

Local Library

You’d be surprised at what you can find at your local library, especially when it comes to books that are not new releases. Consider contacting your library to see if they carry what you’re looking for.

Book Exchange

Resources that allow you to borrow a book for a period of time, and then simply return it when you’re done. These can be free or very low cost.

Why is there a membership fee?

We ask that all members who register, agree to pay a small monthly, 6-month, or annual membership fee. There is no contract and you can safely cancel at any time. Please reference our Cancellation & Refund Policy.

 

All proceeds from the healing book club membership go to our general scholarship fund, which provides access to not only the book club, but also the Daily Recovery Support Calls, and other CPTSD Foundation educational materials to those in need of financial support.

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