How to Keep Busy During January: Resources

Winter’s a great time to stay indoors, read, watch videos, or listen to podcasts. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been busy doing just that.

In honor of long hours indoors, I’ve created a list of my most recent resources for you.

So find a cozy chair, grab a hot drink, and get ready to learn.


The Neurobiology of Trauma featuring Dr Jim Hopper, Harvard Medical School. Shannon Fisher, The Authentic Woman, Blogtalk Radio interviews Dr Hopper on this important topic. Clear and concise. Includes a discussion of specific difficulties faced by male survivors. (45 minutes)

Understanding and Working with Childhood Dissociation. Dr Joyanna Silberg of speaks with host Lisa Ferentz of Inspired Journeys at Voice America on this important topic. It’s relevant for those interacting with adult survivors as Dr Silberg explains the damage of abuse. (45 minutes)


Complex Trauma: Understanding & Treatment taught by Diane Langberg, PhD. One of the best teachings I have watched on childhood abuse and complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Part of series for Forum on Christian Leadership, but don’t let the intended audience for the recording deter you. Fantastic information. (52 minutes)

Complex Trauma: Going Deeper. Part 2 Of Dr Langberg’s lecture. Practical instructions on how to interact with survivors for those that desire to support and help. (40 minutes)

An Uncomfortable Conversation Worth Having, a Tedx Talk by Sarah Beaulieu. An abuse survivor, Sarah gives practical and wise advice on how to talk about sexual violence. I love her point about learning to become comfortable with discomfort. (15 minutes)


Post-Traumatic God: How the Church Cares for People Who Have Been to Hell and Back. David W. Peters. Although written about the impact of trauma on veterans, I loved the discussion of the ways trauma changes your view of the world and God. I recommend this book because it takes a clear look at the spiritual journey of living post-trauma. (Plus, David is an online friend and supporter)!

Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological AbuseShannon Thomas LCSW.  My first read on the subject of psychological abuse. Ms. Thomas does an excellent job of defining the term and providing practical guidance on how to break from it. I loved this book and recommend to others who work with survivors.

A Few Articles

Why many rape victims don’t fight or yellDr. Jim Hopper. The Washington Post.  June 23, 2015.

Caring for Trauma Survivors and Caring for Yourself in the Process: Everyday Tips for Non-Professionals. Grace Watt. World of Psychology.

Partners’ involvement linked to efficacy of PTSD treatment. Les Perreaux. The Globe and Mail. November 7, 2016.

Happy Learning. Stay warm!