Resources for Shelters


Wherever you are in your shelter-care process, there is always room to grow.  Check out some of these free resources to further your knowledge in caring for survivors and running a residential program.

Recommended Reading

Herman, Judith Lewis, M.D., Trauma and Recovery. New York: Basic Books, 1997 – a very dense read, but exceptional grasp of the trauma experienced by this population

Van der Kolk, Bessel, MD., The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.  Viking Press, 2014 – helpful for considering some of these practices for your program

Langberg, Diane Mandt, PhD, Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Zulon Press, 2003 – our favorite Christian therapist who really understands this population

Perry, Bruce D. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog.  Basic Books, 2007 – very helpful to understand childhood abuse and trauma


Trauma-Informed Care Podcasts

Understanding Complex Trauma

by Dr. Diane Langberg

Diane Langberg, Ph.D., explores the meaning of complex trauma and how we can understand survivors of trafficking in this way.  Dr. Langberg is a psychologist with over 35 years of experience in counseling victims of complex trauma. She is a faculty member at Westminster Theological Seminary and Chair of the Board of American Association of Christian Counselors. You can read her full biography here.

H.E.A.R.T. Model in Caring

by Dr. Ben Keyes, Regent University

Dr. Keyes discusses the development and use of the H.E.A.R.T. Model in caring and understanding recovery for survivors of human trafficking

Serving the Unique Needs of Foreign National Survivors

by Hilary Chester, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops