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The Practical Guide for Healing Developmental Trauma

Written by: Laurence Heller,Brad J. Kammer
Narrated by: Laurence S. Heller,Brad J. Kammer
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Publisher's Summary

A practical step-by-step guide and follow-up companion to Healing Developmental Trauma—presenting one of the first comprehensive models for addressing complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD)

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is an integrated mind-body framework that focuses on relational, attachment, developmental, cultural, and intergenerational trauma. NARM helps clients resolve C-PTSD, recover from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and facilitate post-traumatic growth.

Inspired by cutting-edge trauma-informed research on attachment, developmental psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology, The Practical Guide for Healing Developmental Trauma provides counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, and trauma-sensitive helping professionals with the theoretical background and practical skills they need to help clients transform complex trauma. It explains:

  • The four pillars of the NARM therapeutic model
  • Cultural and transgenerational trauma
  • Shock vs. developmental trauma
  • How to effectively address ACEs and support relational health 
  • How to differentiate NARM from other approaches to trauma treatment
  • NARM's organizing principles and how to integrate the program into your clinical practice 

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©2022 Laurence Heller and Brad Kammer (P)2022 North Atlantic Books

Critic Reviews

"This book, from two experienced and insightful practitioners, offers a thorough and clear guide to a modality of therapy far deeper than the prevailing cognitive and behavioral treatments. It is highly promising because it goes beyond the surface manifestations to the root causes and dynamics of human distress."—Gabor Maté MD, author of When The Body Says No

"This new book, written by Dr. Laurence Heller and Brad Kammer, presents the clinical approach to the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), created by Dr. Laurence Heller, and continues NARM’s important contribution to the rapidly evolving field of traumatology. As a follow up companion to the groundbreaking book Healing Developmental Trauma, this practical manual offers step-by-step guidance to those wishing to work with some of the most hard-to-treat patients who suffer from the heartbreak of developmental trauma. This book is designed mostly for therapists wanting to better understand NARM but also for some trauma survivors who want to educate themselves about how the NARM method works. While trauma experts scratch their heads about how to best treat early developmental trauma, and while finding consensus among the experts can be challenging, NARM offers a much-needed tool in the integrative trauma therapist's medicine bag."—Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine 

“Heller and Kammer’s essential guide expertly translates our best science into the therapeutic skills-building roadmap we need to heal the complex developmental trauma so prevalent among our children, families, communities, and world today. This book reminds us that building our capacity to heal others heals us as well, as we support the innate human capacity to grow and flourish through adversity. The comprehensive NARM approach is a coherent pathway to build the knowledge, skills, and joyful work of healing by restoring an embodied sense of connection, belonging, and ongoing sense of confidence to meet life’s challenges."—Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, professor of Child Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University 

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  • JBC
  • 27-12-22

Not a "practical guide" for dealing with CPTSD

Disappointing! Comes across as the "bait" for the NARM training since there is little concrete practical skills explored nor is an in depth understanding of CPTSD.
Complex PTSD is now a marketing mantra for many, but how many actually have the sophisticated treatment model? This book fails in meeting the title's implicit promise. Having worked for decades with CPTSD the simple overview given by the authors just doesn't even touch the complexity of working with these clients. Certainly reading Masterson would give one a much better understanding and roadmap. Prabably great for those in the SE community who know little more than Peter Levine's model.

Author's overuse of the phrase "In the NARM model", as if what follows is uniquely potent, brilliant, sophisticated. it isnt and is common to pretty much any other model of psychotherapy. They dont have some unique modern perspective of transference/countertransference or really any other technique or philosophy mentioned but they aft as if it is somehow special. This language, without citing literature common to the psychotherapeutic field, serves not to educate student and therapists, but to begin to indoctrinste them to the idea that the NARM approach has the answers that are uniquely special within the field of psychotherapy.
This is an oversimplication of this book, but it could be summed up as slow down, be mindful and open minded as a therapist, including to countertansference issues, ask exploratory questions, use active listening, invite mindfulness in the client, and allow space between interventions.

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  • r.s.
  • 22-11-22

Outstanding Material!

As a relationship coach and student of Narm, I’m incredibly happy about this book. It thoroughly encapsulates the brilliant Narm approach to working with trauma and clearly outlines the key concepts. It’s so exciting to see our world open to the understanding of trauma, and this book will be a pivotal resource for therapists, coaches and other healing professionals. I am filled with hope about the possibility of this work making a large contribution in how we address and heal complex and developmental trauma in our world.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-01-23

Great book

Could use to be more in depth for the therapist in practice. Otherwise a good beginning resource

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  • Brenton
  • 12-01-23

This just makes sense. Love it.

Loved the book. It really out together concepts and ways of conceptualizarían that I have been struggling with, using modalities like emotion-focused therapy, brief psychodynamic, and interpersonal approaches.

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  • Simon Thorne
  • 26-12-22

Invaluable and groundbreaking resource

This is an amazing and essential resource for those working with developmental/complex trauma. Recommended for anyone supporting others who are healing from trauma, or for those engaged in their own healing process.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-22

helpful

very educational , eye opening, interesting, helpful in my work with mental illness, appreciate the contents of this book

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  • Meta S.
  • 23-11-22

Excellent introduction to NARM

This book is a profound tool and an excellent introduction to NARM. Please enjoy it.