Resources for Shelters

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

Recommended Reading

Trauma and Recovery
By Judith Lewis Herman, M.D.

Trauma and Recovery is revered as the seminal text on understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Harvard psychiatrist Judith Herman argues that psychological trauma is inseparable from its social and political context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war. Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most important psychiatry works to be published since Freud,” Trauma and Recovery is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we heal and are healed.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
By Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D.

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 world’s 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 treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s 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 heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
By Diane Langberg, PhD

This powerful book deals with the issue of how Christians, especially those called to counsel, can help survivors of sexual abuse find healing and hope. From 20 years of experience, the author demonstrates how counselors can walk alongside people deeply wounded by sexual abuse as they face the truth about who they are, who their abuser was, and who God is as the Savior and Redeemer of all life. Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse issues a strong call to the church at large to walk with survivors through the long dark nights of their healing.

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog
By Bruce Perry, M.D, PhD

What happens when a young brain is traumatized? How does terror, abuse, or disaster affect a child’s mind — and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry has helped children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, murder witnesses, kidnapped teenagers, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry tells their stories of trauma and transformation through the lens of science, revealing the brain’s astonishing capacity for healing. Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate, insightful strategies for rehabilitation, Perry explains what exactly happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress — and reveals the unexpected measures that can be taken to ease a child’s pain and help him grow into a healthy adult. As a senior fellow at the Child Trauma Academy, Dr. Perry and his clinical group worked with hundreds who endured severe childhood neglect and abuse with incredible resilience and strength. Through the stories of children who recover — physically, mentally, and emotionally — from the most devastating circumstances, Perry shows how simple things like surroundings, affection, language, and touch can deeply impact the developing brain, for better or for worse. In this deeply informed and moving book, Bruce Perry dramatically demonstrates that only when we understand the science of the mind can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.

Trauma-Informed Care Podcasts

Understanding Complex Trauma
by Dr. Diane Langberg
Director of Diane Langberg, Ph.D. & Associates, Clinical faculty at Biblical Theological Seminary

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.

What Does it Mean to be Trauma-Informed?
by Dr. Phil Monroe
Director of Training and Mentoring at the American Bible Society’s Mission: Trauma Healing, Taylor Visiting Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Biblical Seminary

Dr. Monroe explores not only what it means for an organization to be trauma informed, but how an organization determines if they are trauma-informed enough. He presents the need for organizations who are working to be trauma-informed to train their entire staff on trauma behaviors, knowledge and skill of best practices, how to care for themselves to prevent second-hand trauma, and how to review policies and procedures that may be harmful to trauma survivors. You can visit Dr. Monroe’s website here

H.E.A.R.T. Model in Caring
by Dr. Ben Keyes
Director of the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies/Professor Divine Mercy 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, Ph.D
Associate Director, Anti Trafficking Program, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Dr. Chester, who has ten years of experience working in the anti-trafficking field, shares about the differences between domestic and foreign national survivors of trafficking. In particular, she discusses the greater range of types of trafficking that foreign nationals are subject to, including labor trafficking, and provides ways to serve those unique needs.