Recommended Readings

Trauma Books – Reading List

Arden, John 2010 Rewire Your Brain: Think your way to a better life, Wiley: New Jersey.

This is an easy read if you are new to neurobiology and clients may find it a useful resource. 

Arden, John 2015 Brain 2 Brain: Enacting client change phrough the persuasive power of neuroscience, Wiley: New Jersey.

Badenoch, Bonnie 2017 The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships, W.W. Norton: New York.

Badenoch, Bonnie 2008 Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A practice guide to interpersonal neurobiology, W.W. Norton: New York.Badenoch, Bonnie 2011 The Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook: A companion to Being a Brain-Wise Therapist, W.W. Norton: New York.

Bonnie Badenoch is a practitioner who has studied with many of the authors listed here. She has a great deal of experience and is also a beautiful writer. These are excellent books for anyone working directly with clients. 

Briere, John & Scott, Catherine 2006 Principles of Trauma Therapy: A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation, and Treatment, Sage Pubs: California.

Cozolino, Louis 2016 Why Therapy Works: Using our minds to change our brains, W.W. Norton: New York.

Cozolino, Louis 2010 The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain, W.W. Norton: New York.

Cozolino, Louis 2002 The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the developing social brain, W.W.  Norton: New York.

Lou Cozolino is one of the very popular authors in the Interpersonal Neurobiology field and these are a few of his excellent books.

Emerson, David & Hooper, Elizabeth 2011 Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming your body, North Atlantic Books: Berkeley.

Emerson, David 2015 Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the body into treatment,W. Norton: New York.

David Emerson works at The Trauma Centre in Boston with Bessel van der Kolk. They have done some interesting work using a range of somatic approaches. Great books if you’re interested in learning more about trauma and the body. 

Fisher, Janina 2017 Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming internal self-alienation, Routledge: New York.

Fisher, Janina 2011 Psychological Aids for Working with Psychological Trauma, (available from Open Leaves Books in Brisbane).

Janina Fisher is another of the practitioners writing in this area. Her book is excellent and her flip chart (Psychological Aids…) is very helpful in our psychoeducation work with clients. 

Grawe, Klaus 2007 Neuropsychotherapy: How the neurosciences inform effective psychotherapy, Psychology Press: New York.

Herman, Judith 1992 Trauma and Recovery: From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, Pandora: London.

This is foundational reading for anyone doing trauma work!

Levine, Peter A 1997 Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, North Atlantic Books: Berkeley.

Levine, Peter A & Kline, Maggie 2007 Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing, North Atlantic Books: Berkeley.

Levine, Peter 2010 In An Unspoken Voice: How the body releases trauma and restores goodness, North Atlantic Books: Berkeley.

Levine, Peter 2015 Trauma and Memory: Brain and bodying a search for the living pastNorth Atlantic Books: California.

Peter Levine’s book on working with children is an excellent resource. All of his work on trauma includes many strategies effective for work with survivors.

Perry, Bruce & Szalavitz, Maia 2006 The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog: And other stories from a child psychiatrist’s notebook, Basic Books: New York.

Szalavitz, Maia & Perry, Bruce 2010 Born For Love: Why empathy is essential – and endangered, Harper: New York.

Both of these are excellent books. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog is probably the best book I have read about the impact of trauma on children.

Perry, Bruce D. & Winfrey, Oprah 2021 What Happened to You: Coversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing, Pan McMillan: London.

This is a wonderful book for anyone, including those who have had experiences of trauma. The audio book is read by both Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey and is a real conversation about trauma.

Porges, Stephen 2011 The Polyvagel Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication and Self-regulation, W. Norton: New York.

Ross, Colin & Halpern, Naomi 2009 Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity, Manitou Communications: Richardson.

Rothschild, Babette 2000 The Body Remembers: The psychophysiology of trauma and trauma treatment,W. Norton: New York.

Rothschild, Babette 2010 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-charge strategies to empower your healing,W. Norton: New York.

Rothschild, Babette 2011 Trauma Essentials: The go-to guide,W. Norton: New York.

Scaer, Robert 2005 The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden wounds and human resiliency, W.W. Norton: New York.

Scaer, Robert 2007 The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, dissociation and disease, Routledge: New York.

Schore, Daniel 2003 Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self, W.W. Norton: New York.

Schore, Daniel 2003 Affect Dysregulation and Repair of the Self, W.W. Norton: New York.

Not necessarily an easy read but again these are foundation books in understanding work with survivors of trauma. 

Siegel, Daniel 2007 The Mindful Brain: Reflections and attunement in the cultivation of well-being, W.W. Norton: New York.

Siegel, Daniel 2012 Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, W. Norton: New York.

Siegel, Daniel 2012 The Developing Mind: How relationships and the brain interact to shape who we are,W. Norton: New York.

Siegel, Daniel 2010 The Mindful Therapist: A Clinican’s guide to mindsight and neural integration,W. Norton: New York.

van der Kolk, Bessel; McFarlane, Alexander C.; Weisaeth, Lars (eds) 2007 Traumatic Stress: The effects of overwhelming experience on mind, body, and society, The Guildford Press: New York.

van der Kolk, Bessel 2014 The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma, Viking: New York.

Van der Kolk’s work has been important in the trauma field for a long time. His most recent book above is by far his best and is accessible and easy to read. 

Ziegler, Dave 2011 Traumatic Experience and the Brain: A handbook for understanding and treating those traumatised as children, Acacia Publishing: Arizona.

Feminist Social Work Practice Reading List 


Van Den Bergh, Nan (ed.) 1995 Feminist Practice in the 21st Century, Washington: NASW Press.

Langan, Mary & Day, Lesley (eds) 1992 Women, Oppression and Social Work: Issues in Anti-Discriminatory Practice, London: Routledge.

Dominelli, Lena & McLeod, Eileen 1989 Feminist Social Work, London: Macmillan.


Bicker,-Jenkins & Hooyman, Nancy R. (eds) 1986 Not For Women Only: Social Work Practice for a Feminist Future, Silver Spring: NASW.

Bricker-Jenkins, Mary; Hooyman, Nancy R.; Gottlieb, Naomi (eds) 1991 Feminist Social Work in Clinical Settings, Newbury Park: Sage.

Brook, Eva & Davis, Ann (eds) 1985 Women, the Family and Social Work, London: Tavistock.

Butler, Sandra & Wintram, Claire 1991 Feminist Groupwork, London: Sage.

Cavanagh, Kate & Cree, Viviene E. (eds) 1996 Working With Men: Feminism and Social Work, London: Routledge.

Chaplin, Jocelyn 1988 Feminist Counselling in Action, London: Sage.

Collins, Barbara 1986 “Defining Feminist Social Work” Social Work, vol 31, pp. 214-219.

Dale, Jennifer & Foster, Peggy 1986 Feminists and State Welfare, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Davis, Liane V. (ed) 1994 Building on Women’s Strengths: A Social Work Agenda for the Twenty-first Century, New York: Haworth Press.

Hanmer, Jalma & Statham, Daphne 1988 Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice, London: Macmillan.

Hudson, Annie 1989 “Changing Perspectives: Feminism, Gender and Social Work” in Mary Langan & Phil Lee, (eds) Radical Social Work Today, London: Unwin Hyman.

McLeod, Eileen 1994 Women’s Experience of Feminist Therapy and Counselling, Buckingham: Open University Press.

Marchant, Helen & Wearing, Betsy (eds) 1986 Gender Reclaimed: Women in Social Work, Sydney: Hale & Iremonger.

Miller, Dorothy C. 1990 Women and Social Welfare: A Feminist Analysis, New York: Praeger.

Pease, Bob 1997 Men and Sexual Politics: Towards a Profeminist Practice, Adelaide: Dulwich Centre Publications.

Perry, Janet 1993 Counselling for Women, Buckingham: Open University Press.

Petruchenia, Jude & Thorpe, Ros (eds) 1990 Social Change and Social Welfare Practice, Sydney: Hale & Iremonger.

Valentich, Mary & Gripton, James (eds) 1985 Feminist Perspectives on Social Work and Human Sexuality, New York: Haworth Press.

Van Den Bergh, Nan & Cooper, Lynne B. 1986 Feminist Visions for Social Work, Maryland: NASW.

Weeks, Wendy 1994 Women Working Together: Lessons From Feminist Women’s Services, Melbourne: Longman Cheshire.

Wise, Sue 1988 Doing Feminist Social Work: An Annotated Bibliography and Introductory Essay, Manchester: University of Manchester.