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The Body Keeps the Score
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma | Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
A New York Times Science Bestseller Packed with science and human stories, the book is an intense read. . . . The struggle and resilience of [van der Kolks] patients is very moving. New Scientist A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the worlds foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatmentsfrom neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yogathat offer new paths to recovery by activating the brains natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolks own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to healand offers new hope for reclaiming lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Karisimo
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Apparently I like nonfiction books that start with the #letterB:

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you for playing!! 2w
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abbyreadz
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Mehso-so

It took me two years to finish this book and I have a lot to say about it. It is so well organized, shows alternatives to CBT like EMDR, somatic therapies, yoga, theater etc. we are able to follow some of his patients on their healing journey as we read on. BUT- I do not like how he talks about rape, SA, and incest in reference to his woman clients. He overstates details about this clients which can be triggering to readers.

Blueberry I also had to stop while reading it and finish at a later time because it was triggering. 3w
Blueberry Though ultimately I rated it higher than you. 3w
abbyreadz @Blueberry I‘d love to hear your thoughts! 3w
Blueberry It's been a few yrs since I read it. I had recently had sort of a breakdown I guess you could call it. It was recommended from so many places including my therapist. But I don't remember much except at first I didn't think I liked it. Reading personal experiences can be helpful for me but this one was intense and I had to stop reading for a few months. 3w
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rachelk
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Dr. van der Kolk is not only a ground breaking researcher with decades of experience both studying trauma and working with trauma patients, he also comes across as a kind and compassionate person. While the subject is difficult, the second half of the book offers hope and innovative ways to heal beyond traditional talk therapy and medication. ❤️

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🌸 At the 40% mark I‘d give ‘The Body Keeps Score‘ four stars. It‘s a fairly depressing nonfiction book about trauma but well researched and likely helpful.

🌼 So far my favorite book this year has been ‘The Tsar of Love and Techno‘ by Anthony Marra. I think he‘s absolutely brilliant.

🌺 I‘m grateful for my sweet family.

Sorry I‘m late! #wondrouswednesday @Yuki_Onna @Eggs

Yuki_Onna Beautiful answers, Rachel! 🌸🌺 3mo
Eggs Lovely post💕!! And thanks for joining in 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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JoJo13
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All the science/therapy-related contents in this book are inspiring, but the description of the cases can be triggering for people. Imagine got traumatized by reading a book about trauma therapy.🤕

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jen_the_scribe
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This was thought provoking. There were definitely parts that were difficult to get through, the empath in me struggled w/ the specific traumas from research cases & Van Der Kolk‘s clients. Some of it was triggering for me as well. The focus on healing, the sense of hopefulness & curiosity helped me push through. I feel more open to understanding others & what they may have been through. I feel more open to all the possibilities for my own healing.

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jen_the_scribe

“When the job goes bad, when a cherished project fails, when someone you count on leaves you or dies, there are few things as helpful as moving your muscles and doing something that demands focused attention.”

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jen_the_scribe

“Our sense of agency, how much we feel in control, is defined by our relationship with our bodies and its rhythm: Our waking and sleeping and how we eat, sit, and walk define the contours of our days.”

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jen_the_scribe

“Trauma causes people to remain stuck in interpreting the present in light of an unchanging past.”

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jen_the_scribe

“When you activate your gut feelings and listen to your heartbreak—when you follow the interoceptive pathways to your innermost recesses—things begin to change.”

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jen_the_scribe

“As long as you keep secrets and suppress information, you are fundamentally at war with yourself.”

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jen_the_scribe

“The essence of trauma is that it is overwhelming, unbelievable, and unbearable. Each patient demands that we suspend our sense of what is normal and accept that we are dealing with a dual reality: the reality of a relatively secure and predictable present that lives side by side with a ruinous, ever-present past.”

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jen_the_scribe

“…who can find a proper grave for such damaged mosaics of the mind, where they may rest in pieces? Life goes on, but in two temporal directions at once, the future unable to escape the grip of a memory laden with grief.”

- As quoted from Lawrence Langer

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jen_the_scribe

“If you were not there, it‘s difficult to describe and say how it was. How men function under such stress is one thing, and then how you communicate and express that to somebody who never knew that such a degree of brutality exists seems like a fantasy.”

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5feet.of.fury
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Trying to get back into my “daily reading” which I have ignored for a couple weeks. Set out my book and some water (not wine) on my yoga mat so I start the day right!

This book has good tidbits and interesting case studies. But I find it really dense. I wasn‘t expecting a light fluffy read by any stretch but I feel like this is heavier reading than when I took a class on brain science for elementary education.

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Kenyazero
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A therapist recommended this to my husband to help him explore PTSD treatments that he can try and maybe get even more familiar with PTSD. I found this book informative, inspiring, hopeful, and heartbreaking. It was tough reading about the history of scapegoating PTSD research, and it was great reading about evolving treatments as discoveries are made. Strong content warnings for rape, child and domestic abuse, medical trauma, and many more.

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vivianevenancio

"(...) alexithymics substitute the language of action for that of emotion. (...) They tend to register emotions as physical problems rather than as signals that something deserves their attention."

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vivianevenancio

"Suppressing our inner cries for help does not stop our stress from mobilizing the body."

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"Self-regulation depends on having a friendly relationship with your body."

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vivianevenancio

"If you have a comfortable connection with your inner sensations - if you can trust them to give you accurate information - you will feel in charge of your body, your feelings, and yourself."

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vivianevenancio

"Agency" is a technical term for the feeling of being in charge of your life: knowing where you stand, knowing that you have a say in what happens to you, knowing that you have some ability to shape your circumstances.

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jen_the_scribe
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I feel like some nonfiction now. This one has been on my shelf for a while now, and seems extra important for me to read lately.

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Kenyazero
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I decided to listen to the tagged and paint a little last night for #LitsyCrafters and my own goal of doing an hour of creative time every week. It‘s not finished yet- still need to paint the trees. This is a project I started in October or November 😏 #AudioPainting #AudioCrafting

curiouserandcurioser @Kenyazero beautiful!! Cant wait to see the finished project:) 6mo
Kenyazero @curiouserandcurioser Thanks! Hopefully I can motivate myself to complete it before I move on to the next thing again 😐 6mo
curiouserandcurioser @Kenyazero well, im sure you will do a stunning job-i cant wait to see💜 6mo
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Nis2

We now know that trauma compromises the brain area that communicate the physical, embodied feeling of being alive.

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WellReadCatLady
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Whether or not you personally have experienced trauma this is a must read to just understand what some people are going through and maybe be able to help someone find the right resources.

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literarymermaid
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I have to read/listen to this a hundred more times. I had no idea the depth of the material covered but this is practically the entire history of trauma research in the US. So much good info here.

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Christine
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Glad to have finally made time for this one. I loved the beginning - great stuff about the nature of trauma, neuroception, mind-body connection, and more. I had a harder time with some of the middle (mostly parts around repressed memory, and some theories of child development). Went back to really liking the end - the overview of therapeutic approaches was interesting and useful. Definitely a worthwhile read!

Suet624 I remember @Saresmoore talking about this book and really liking it. I would love to get to it sometime in my lifetime. :) 12mo
Christine @Suet624 Well @saresmoore 's taste is impeccable, as we know. :) I love your approach to TBR psychology - I need to adopt the “sometime in my lifetime“ mindset!! 12mo
Suet624 @Christine haha. It‘s the only way I know to be kind to myself. 😍 12mo
saresmoore Oh, yes, I really appreciate this book! It‘s on my quick grab shelf and I revisit it often. Great review, @Christine and I love this self-compassionate TBR approach, @Suet624 😁 12mo
Christine @saresmoore Ooh, a quick grab shelf - another great idea! ❤️ 12mo
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Annie1215
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Forgot to post this yesterday, but I got this through just in time to wrap up June with one more #bookspinbingo !

This book was very therapeutic for me. It‘s all about the mind/body connection and how the stress of trauma impacts your body and overall health.

As someone who has only recently started working on my mental health this was deeply interesting to me. A solid non-fiction read.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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Watching the sunset on the French Quarter

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BekaReid
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The book is well-written in accessible language but contains a lot of serious and difficult subject matter. Trauma reshapes our sense of self and how we experience and exist in our world. I learned a great deal about the physical effects trauma has on our bodies and minds and how we can work towards healing.

violabrain GREAT book!! 14mo
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corireadslife
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Rating: 5 Stars
A must for all my mental health professional friends out there (and honestly, anyone interested in trauma). Immensely detailed yet written in the most digestible manner. I learned so much that will benefit my personal journey of trauma healing but also as a professional social worker.
Cannot recommend enough!
#socialworkerreads #traumareads #books #thebodykeepsthescore #nonfictionreads #mentalhealthreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 🎊🎉🎈🎊🎉🎈 1y
SCBird Hi & welcome! 💛 This book‘s always stuck in the back of my mind—definitely due for a reread. 1y
corireadslife @Soff thank you 💞 I agree, I can see myself rereading every couple years! Definitely worth it. 1y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 13mo
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metaphysical_mage
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One if the best comprehensive books on therapy and trauma.

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Scochrane26
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I read this book to help increase my knowledge of treatments for trauma and the effects on my clients. It‘s a little outdated at times—he makes a comment about mindfulness not being used enough in therapy, but now it is used at school & in therapy frequently. A lot of info about the brain, which was interesting. Definitely will be useful for therapists and others who work with trauma. TW for everything that causes trauma.

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saresmoore
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This. Book. I got about 100 pages in a few years ago, but had to put it down as I was not prepared for the revelation it was bringing. But now, my body is ready, and I am learning so much that is enriching and enlightening all of my prior study of psychology and the brain. FASCINATING

Bookwomble Besel van der Kolk is brilliant. I'm trying to persuade my manager to fund me for his online training, but looking like I'll end up paying for it myself! I'm glad to hear you're finding it helpful 💗 1y
Lindy The right book at the right time. ❤️🤗 1y
saresmoore @Bookwomble 🤞that you‘ll come by the funds! I am now going to look up this training—thank you for mentioning it! 1y
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saresmoore @Lindy It‘s some kind of magic! ✨ 1y
Apostcardlife Ooh thanks for this! That's been on my TBR for a while now! 1y
youneverarrived This book helped me immensely. I felt the same when I read it a couple of years ago. 1y
Megabooks Yes! I read this earlier this month, and it was difficult but revelation to me! 1y
EKonrad This book was such an important read for me. So helpful! 1y
paytanmal i have found myself trying to read this book through 100 times. it‘s so well written & reveals a lot but there is so many triggers in it. definitely a great healing book but the only way to heal is to grow/go through it. def need to try again! 1y
Suet624 This sounds powerful. 1y
saresmoore @paytanmal It is tough to get through, just like residual trauma! But, you‘re right, it‘s so worth doing the work to heal. ♥️ 1y
saresmoore @youneverarrived Yes, so helpful. But I have to take it in small doses. 1y
saresmoore @Suet624 It is forcing some things to the surface and into my reality that I had been ignoring/forgetting. But I think if I let it work on me, I‘ll be able to help a lot of others with the wisdom gained. Also, science! Research! It‘s a wonderfully rich work, to be sure. 1y
Suet624 That sounds fascinating. Now you've got me wondering if I'm willing and ready to explore. 1y
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Megabooks
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All the TW (like if you can think of a form of abuse or trauma, it‘s here!), BUT if you‘ve experienced trauma in your childhood or adulthood, this could be a helpful book about understanding your trauma, knowing which avenues of help are available, and figuring out what type might work for you. #audiobook

FelinesAndFelonies I absolutely love this book. I have tried to use the information in this book to inform my counseling techniques with inmates. I love everything about it and have read sections of the book multiple times. So glad you enjoyed it! 1y
Cinfhen This sounds like a tough one 😔 1y
CuriousG I definitely want to read this one, but don't want to end up DNFing it like 95% of the books like this I buy and only read the first 2 chapters of. I'm torn 1y
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AvidlyAlexis I started reading this one in Janusry. I read a couple chapters every couple of weeks because I like to digest them slowly. Definitely a good read and so full of good information! 1y
youneverarrived It definitely helped me. So good! 1y
JenReadsAlot I'm a therapist and recommend/reference this one. 1y
Megabooks @FelinesAndFelonies oh fantastic! I can see how this book would be very helpful with your work. 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was, but I‘m glad I finished. 1y
Megabooks @CuriousG well, this is one of those books you can pick and choose what parts to read based on what best suits your needs/goals in reading it, but it is long. (edited) 1y
Megabooks @AvidlyAlexis yes! Definitely a slow read, but a good one. 1y
Megabooks @youneverarrived Me too! ❤️ 1y
Megabooks @JenReadsAlot this was actually recommended by my therapist! 1y
EKonrad Such an important and helpful read! 1y
Megabooks @EKonrad 💯💯 agree! 1y
FelinesAndFelonies @AvidlyAlexis I think that's the best approach to books like this! 1y
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CoffeeK8
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This book is a must read, for anyone who is ready to understand more about how the mind/body connection works and wants to begin exploring how to treat themselves in a healthier and more compassionate way.

Copwithabook I teach at our police academy and trauma informed response is a big part of my training. This book fell in line perfectly with a year‘s worth of research and training on this subject! I agree that everyone should read it. 1y
CoffeeK8 @Copwithabook it‘s awesome that you teach this. At my school we have a big focus on trauma-informed teacher training 1y
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This whole paragraph, but in specific: “Trauma breeds further trauma; hurt people hurt other people.”

DogMomIrene I‘m watching Sunday morning political shows, so this passage hits home, especially that last line you emphasized. 2y
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CoffeeK8
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Today‘s #audiowalk was brisk but beautiful!

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Looks like a nice view! 2y
CoffeeK8 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick it really is, I‘m so lucky. The end of my road is a state park with this amazing hill 2y
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kricheal
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This book is absolutely amazing. 2/35
Nail shade #coralbay

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jenniferajanes
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This book discusses trauma and a lot of interesting ways of addressing it. I have tried some of these myself and will continue to explore other methods for my own recovery and to encourage other people in theirs. I will revisit portions of this book again.

Blueberry This is a good book. I had to take a break though because of personal triggers. I hope to finish it 2y
jenniferajanes @Blueberry Take your time. I had to do the same. I‘ve been reading since the end of August. Go through at your own pace. It‘s worth it! 2y
jenniferajanes @Blueberry Back at you! 💚 2y
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underground_bks
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This is an important and super informative read about how psychological trauma impacts the brain and body and an array of therapeutic practices to treat it. Urgently recommended for educators, healthcare workers, social workers, and anyone who has experienced the long-term effects of trauma or someone who loves them.

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Blueberry
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1. Therapy, Bible study, take down Christmas tree, and a haircut I hope
2. I made potato soup in my pressure cooker 😋
I tag @NataliePatalie

@Cupcake12 #motivationalMonday

Cupcake12 I‘ve always wanted to make my own soup! Have a great week. Thank you for playing x 2y
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Blueberry
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Currently reading.

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Tomigirl44
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A holistic look at the impact of stress and trauma.

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Hestapleton
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I was closer to the end of this book than I thought when I set my #novelnovember goal. This book taught me a lot about my own trauma and the way my body still tries to protect me, even though I‘m removed from abuse now. At times a tough read, it was extremely helpful to work through this with my therapist and I highly recommend it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bklover I have this and need to read it. My daughter said it‘s a wonderful book and could really be of benefit to me. (She‘s a therapist). 2y
Hestapleton It‘s so so good, but have a good support system on hand! 2y
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Hestapleton
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Here are my goals for #novelnovember starting this weekend! Between hubby being laid up after wisdom teeth extraction and rising COVID cases, I‘m hoping to get some serious reading done. My goals are mostly focused around getting some chunksters off my currently reading list. @Andrew65

Bookwormjillk Great goals! 2y
Andrew65 Good luck, some great goals. 😊👍 2y
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Lmacharg
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Great read, and is thorough in the approach to both understanding and healing from difficult experiences.

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Chrissyreadit
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I am glad this book was assigned and look forward to getting more training to treat trauma. Time to take my final for this class.

hermyknee Good luck! 2y
Mitch You‘ll knock it out of the park 🙌🏼🥳🙌🏼 2y
EKonrad This book has so many important elements. Glad people who‘ve read it will have a better understanding of trauma. 2y
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Currently reading.

jmofo Oh! That‘s on my list and in my stack on my night stand. I‘m looking forward to hearing what you think of it. 2y
SkeletonKey @jmofo - I keep forgetting to post reviews but I‘ll try to remember for this one! 2y
SkeletonKey @jmofo - This book was excellent, btw. 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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#two4Tuesday on Wednesday 🥰 Thanks for the tags @Laughterhp @MoonWitch94
1. I have stacks everywhere, cookbooks, schoolbooks, TBR got challenges and buddyreads...books that need to be reshelved, books for my teens to read next...
2. Two books on two stacks in front of me- The Body Keeps The Score for school and White Fragility for a community group read.

TheSpineView I love my stacks! Thanks for playing! 📚💚📚 2y
Angel15 2 ; psychiatric malpractice 2y
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