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The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma, by James S. Gordon

September 18, 2019

The TransformationThe Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma,  byJames S. Gordon, M.D. HarperCollins, 2019.

Forthcoming: September 10, 2019

4 stars

A world-recognized authority and mind-body medicine pioneer presents his self-and group support program to reverse the psychological and biological damage caused by community trauma.

James Gordon is the Harvard-trained psychiatrist who founded of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, an organization which has a history of working in places which have been torn by trauma.  He and his team have worked with refugees and war-survivors in places like Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, Gaza and Syria.  In the United States he has assisted with Native Americans, first responders and military families.  He has been a researcher at the National Institute of Health and taught at Georgetown Medical School.  For a time he was chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.  In addition to appearing widely on television, Gordon has published several books and written for both the academic and popular press.

In his new book, Gordon summarizes his mind-body approach to trauma and how it can be healed.  Unlike those who focus on trauma as an individual, private challenge, Gordon views trauma as something that happens to all of us and something which we all need to learn to handle.  He utilizes mind-body research and practice in growing use in both formal and alternative medicine today.  His methods are not unique or esoteric practices but include practices such as movement therapy, deep breathing and journaling.  Gordon believes self-care is important and possible, where communities come together to share, support and heal.  In regions where trauma is wide-spread, his teams typically train local leaders in his protocols and then have them teach the approach to others.

Transformations is a useful book for both individuals and groups who hope to transform and heal trauma through a variety of practices that empower both minds and bodies.

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