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When will BR's Imagery & PTSD book be available or other material to use in the meantime

06 Oct
A psychotherapist wants to know when Belleruth’s new book on Imagery and traumatic stress will be available, or if there is some other material she can use in the meantime…
Dear Health Journeys,
I am a clinical social worker and psychotherapist who specializes in working with PTSD. In a recent advertisement that I received in the mail for workshops with Belleruth Naparstek called Balance of Power from the Inside Out, I read that Belleruth has a new book coming out on imagery''s unique ability to heal posttraumatic stress. Is this book available yet, or is there some material I can get hold of about Belleruth''s methods and ideas in this area? Thank you in advance.

Mary D, LCSW.

Hey, Mary,
Thanks very much for your interest in this material. Unfortunately, the manuscript has only recently been submitted, and even though my editor is basically pleased with it, there still lies ahead the arduous, editing/rewriting process. I cannot imagine that this book will be in print before 6 months, and quite possibly it could take up to a year before it finds a perch on a book shelf. (Side bar: To those who need immediate gratification, my advice is to NOT write a book!)

As for making the information available is some quick and easy way, I’m afraid that’s not possible. The information is dense, complex and wide-ranging, including a lot of recent epidemiology, bio-physical and neurological findings, and a careful assessment of therapeutic inroads and new, imagery-based, effective techniques for PTSD. If I could have given an abbreviated version, trust me, I would not have written a 439 page book with 233 footnotes!

As it is, I’m now engaged in fine-tuning and boiling down this exciting clinical and general audience material, so it can be easily digested in a 9-hour weekend workshop. Even that has been a challenge, because there’s a LOT here; but I’m almost there. Each time I offer this material, it gets smoother and more coherent. This is what happens when there’s an embarrassment of riches, content-wise!! This coming weekend, I’ll be presenting it for the third time in Houston and then further refining it in Cape Cod (Nov 1-2), Copper Mountain, Colorado (Nov 22-23) and Santa Fe, New Mexico (Dec 6-7).

So right now I’m afraid that the only way to get this information is to come to one of these workshops. There are 9 hours of continuing education credits to be had for social workers, if that’s any inducement (as well as for counselors, nurses, psychologists and massage therapists). And if this is a financial hardship, those excellent goddesses at The ConferenceWorks! do offer Work-Study arrangements in lieu of registration.

Best wishes to you and I hope to see you on the road!

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award