Winner of the ForeWord Magazine's
Book of the Year Award
Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma is an invaluable tool in the hands of those so often forgotten in dealing with trauma: the teenagers who are confused and frightened by what is happening. Practical in its format, clearly and concisely written, this vital resource avoids jargon and fills a desperate need for these families. It deserves to be widely promoted, lest any teen think they are alone and helpless while finding their way..." (Reverend Jeremy Basset, Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Part One of Finding My Way clearly explains PTSD and other common responses to trauma, reviews co-occurring problems (including addictive behavior), and describes numerous treatment options. Part Two gently encourages readers to address their own strong emotions including anger, fear, confusion, sadness, and shame. Readers are then guided through the process of learning valuable coping tools, identifying their social support network, and figuring out how to deal with their friends. Part Three includes frequently asked questions, a glossary, and an extensive resource list. This honest and respectfully written manual serves as a roadmap for teens who are trying to find their way.
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Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D.,
Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a
nationally recognized expert on the effects of trauma and mental
illness on the family. After directing the Family Mental Health
Program at the Oklahoma City VA medical center for 16 years, she is
now a research scientist at the University of Minnesota. She graduated
from the University of Notre Dame and later earned her doctoral degree
in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Dr. Sherman has worked extensively with families dealing with a range
of traumatic experiences, including military combat, domestic
violence, and sexual assault. She co-chaired the American
Psychological Association's (APA) Presidential Task Force on Military
Deployment Services for Youth, Families and Service Members, and is a
Fellow of the APA Division 43 (Society of Family Psychology).
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DeAnne M. Sherman
DeAnne Sherman, Michelle's mother, is a French teacher, trained dancer, and choreographer. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she received degrees in French, education, and speech and theater. She owned and operated a dance studio for ten years where she worked extensively with teens and young adults. In addition to being an experienced public speaker, DeAnne also volunteers her time teaching and mentoring junior high and high school students in the performing arts. DeAnne's mission is to educate, affirm, encourage, and cherish each of her students, whether it is in the classroom, in the dance studio, or on the stage. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, traveling, and speaking French with her grandsons.