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Trauma Informed Resources

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

Here are some of my favorite resources about trauma-informed approaches to communications and leadership.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis or thinking about suicide, help is available. Call or text 988 for free, confidential support, 24/7. The nationwide 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available everywhere in the United States.

Brown, Brene’. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. New York: Random House, 2018.

Brown, Brene’. Courage and Vulnerability Part 1: Definitions and Myths (PDF file). Accessed on on 4/16/22.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CERC [Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication] Manual (website).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CERC: Psychology of a Crisis (downloadable PDF).

Conti, Paul. Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic. Boulder, Colorado: Sounds True, 2021.

Edmondson, Amy. Psychological Safety and Learning Behavior in Work Teams.

Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 2 (Jun., 1999), pp. 350-383

Edmondson, Amy C. and Per Hugander. 4 Steps to Boost Psychological Safety at Your Workplace. Harvard Business Review, June 22, 2021.

Felitti, VJ, and R F Anda, D Nordenberg, DF Williamson, AM Spitz, V Edwards, MP Koss, JS Marks. Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Am J Prev Med. 1998 May;14(4):245-58. Accessed via PubMed:

Freyd, Jennifer J. Institutional Betrayal and Institutional Courage (website). No date.

Goldman, E and A. Aiello, M. Uddin, J. Delva, K. Koenen, L.M. Gant, S. Galea.

Pervasive exposure to violence and posttraumatic stress disorder in a predominantly African American Urban Community: The Detroit neighborhood health study. J Traumatic Stress 24:6, Dec. 2011.

Jeremy Porter Communications. Message grid: 27/9/3 — 27 words, nine seconds, three messages (website dated Dec. 1, 2014).

Manning, Katharine. The Empathetic Workplace: 5 steps to a compassionate, calm and confident response to trauma on the job. HarperCollins Leadership, 2021.

Manning, Katharine. We need trauma-informed workplaces. Harvard Business Review, March 31, 2022.

Martin, Megan. Fostering Psychological Safety In The Workplace. Forbes, 2021.

Mayo Clinic. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (website). No date.

Mental Health First Aid. (website)

Neff, Kristin. Exercise 2: Self Compassion Break (web page).

Peck, M. Scott. The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth. New York: Touchstone, 1978.

The Recovery Village at Baptist Health. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (web page).

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Trauma and Violence (website). No date.,physical%2C%20social%2C%20emotional%2C%20or

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD. How Common is PTSD in Adults? (website). No date.

Van der Kolk, Bessel. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York: Penguin Books, 2014.

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