Mapping Trauma and Its Wake
Autobiographic Essays by Pioneer Trauma Scholars
Edited by Charles R. Figley
Routledge – 2006 – 272 pages
Mapping Trauma and Its Wake is a compilation of autobiographic essays by seventeen of the field's pioneers, each of whom has been recognized for his or her contributions by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Each author discusses how he or she first got interested in the field, what each feels are his or her greatest achievements, and where the discipline might - and should - go from here. This impressive collection of essays by internationally-renowned specialists is destined to become a classic of traumatology literature. It is a text that will provide future mental health professionals with a window into the early years of this rapidly expanding field.
"… this book is a gem. A collection of autobiographical answers by leading trauma scholars will enlighten all of us, including the scholars themselves." - Louis Tinnin, Medical Director of the Trauma Recovery Institute, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
"This volume is a historical goldmine from the makers of the recent history in trauma literature. The biggest names in the trauma field tell their inspirational stories in this historical gem. It is fascinating reading - we are allowed a little glimpse into the personal and professional histories of the names we know. I couldn't put it down! It belongs on every bookshelf of every person interested in trauma and the development of the field." - Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Emory University School of Medicine, USA, Director, Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, and President, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (2005)
"Reading this book is like sitting one on one with gifted friends and learning from them the powerful experiences that helped shape the amazing work they have done to help others and us, their grateful colleagues, so hungry for answers in our own efforts. This book is a treasure, offering riveting reading to any clinician, but it is of special value to those of us who work in the trenches of trauma work every day, trying to assist the psychically wounded out to safety and help the healing of their very difficult wounds to begin." - Journal of Trauma and Dissociation
Figley, Introduction. Burgess, Putting Trauma on the Radar Screen. Danieli, It Was Always There. Figley, From Veterans of War to War to Veterans of Terrorism: My Maps of Trauma. Friedman, Making it up as I Went Along. Herman, My Life and Work. Horowitz, A Life in but Not Under Stress. Kolb, Fully Primed. Krystal, Psychoanalytic Approaches to Trauma: A Forty-year Retrospective. Lifton, Some Reflections. Ochberg, There is Reason in Action. Raphael, Life, Trauma, and Loss. Solomon, Choices Made, Promises Kept. Terr, Memoirs of a Childhood Trauma Hunter. Ursano, Autobiographical Essay. Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brief Autobiography of Bessel van der Kolk. Weisaeth, Becoming a Psychotraumatologist. Wilson, From Crisis Intervention to Bosnia: The Trauma Maps of John P. Wilson.
Charles R. Figley, Ph.D., CT, MT, is President and Founder of the Green Cross Foundation and Professor at the School of Social Work at Florida State University. He is founder and director of the FSU Traumatology Institute