Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
Author: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Connie Burk
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Published Date: May 04, 2009
Dimensions: 6.0 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.96 pounds
A longtime trauma worker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll taken on those working to make the world a better place. We may feel tired, cynical, or numb or like we can never do enough. These, and other symptoms, affect us individually and collectively, sapping the energy and effectiveness we so desperately need if we are to benefit humankind, other living things, and the planet itself.In Trauma Stewardship, we are called to meet these challenges in an intentional way. Lipsky offers a variety of simple and profound practices, drawn from modern psychology and a range of spiritual traditions, that enable us to look carefully at our reactions and motivations and discover new sources of energy and renewal. She includes interviews with successful trauma stewards from different walks of life and even uses New Yorker cartoons to illustrate her points.