RCASA’s Art Therapy Thursday: Related Reading

In Art therapy, Sexual Assault Awareness on December 31, 2009 at 9:00 am

Book Recommendations and Well Wishes for the New Year!

 If you are looking for last minute gift ideas (or ways to use those Borders/Amazon gift certificates!) that are related to this blog, here are some book recommendations for the new year:

 Books related to the brain and/or trauma:

 A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon

  •  This book details in non-clinical language the amazing science of love, attachment, and even intuition.  The authors comment about the impact of love on development, from the growth of an individual to that of a society.  A very fascinating and important read.

 The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog (and Other Stories From a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook) by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz

  •  This book is as much riveting as it is heart-wrenching.  It is hard to put down because of it’s dually well-crafted and intense nature.  At the same time, it clearly presents how the brain is impacted in traumatic events and how the power of human relationships may provide healing.  Reading this is immensely helpful to understanding trauma.

 Meaningful Stories

Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen

  • Provides an excellent collection of short stories that spur meaningful conversation, thought, and art.  She also has a collection entitled My Grandfather’s Blessings, which similarly provides quick and delectable reading for those who prefer or need quicker chapters.


Happy Reading!

On a more personal note, recently my neighborhood acquired about two feet of snow, creating a fresh white canvas for the playful and the creative.  I made sure to indulge in this free gift, in many forms.  My hope for you is to give yourself permission to play and to create during this new year.  To allow your yourself the time and space to expressively exist.  To embrace the free gifts that arrive with each day. To keep your hearts and minds open, even to the free gifts within yourself.

 Peace to you,


  1. She focuses and appreciates knowledge based networks and gives respect for talented and hardworking proactive people. Kurtis Gifts

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