We at Beauty After Bruises know all too well that the current resources available for survivors, supporters, and therapists are few and far between. It's hard to know who is providing well-researched, trustworthy, up-to-date information; and who may be referencing outdated theories, received inadequate education, or may even be intentionally perpetuating misinformation. While it's part of our mission to broaden the number of resources available, in the meantime we'd like to supply you with resources that we feel pass the test and hold our stamp of approval. However, with that approval, we can't guarantee all content will be without flaw, nor can we endorse the text, treatment methods, or any changes in content or views that may be shared by respective authors. Please use your discretion. These lists will likely be updated frequently as we discover more commendable people and organizations fighting the good fight.
Note: We kept these lists somewhat brief with intention, choosing those we feel stand out above the rest. We know that staring at long lists of materials can be intimidating, leaving you with no idea where to even begin your search or just causing you to dissociate and/or give up. If you have a particular focus, topic, or format you're interested in, please feel free to contact us and we'll gladly provide you with a more complete list of resources we know to exist. The inpatient list however is, sadly, exhaustive at this time.
- Beauty After Bruises' Blog -- Yes, our very own website has an entire section dedicated to psychoeducation, coping skills and techniques, boundaries and healthy relationships, topically-relevant conversations as they relate to current events, and so much more. It's a slightly more informal and easily-digestible approach to helping survivors, their loved ones, and anyone else who'd like to understand more about trauma and its healing.
- International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D) -- A professional association that's main goal is education and furthered research. They provide an extensive database of therapists and resources for survivors while hosting seminars and trainings for therapists.
- PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) -- A UK-based project that educates, trains and provides support to survivors, therapists and the public. They provide an abundance of educational materials and have published many of their own as well.
- DID Research -- A website dedicated to providing the most current, accurate information on trauma, structural dissociation, dissociative identity disorder, etc. in a very accessible way. This author also supplied the "clinical perspective" on our C-PTSD page.
- Sidran Institute -- An education and advocacy group that provides information and support to survivors, loved ones, professionals, and the general public.
- End RA -- A website hosted by Dr. Ellen Lacter that demystifies ritual abuse while providing additional resources, evidence and support to survivors of RA/MC.
Books and other media
- Growing Beyond Survival - A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress | A Workbook | Elizabeth Vermilyea
- The Body Keeps the Score | Bessel van der Kolk
- The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization | Onno van der Hart, Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis and Kathy Steele
- Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists | A Workbook | Suzette Boon, Kathy Steele, Onno van der Hart
- Amongst Ourselves - A Self-Help Guide to Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder | A Workbook | Tracy Alderman and Karen Marshall (An older publication, but still very valuable content)
- Becoming You: Overcoming Mind Control and Ritual Abuse | A Workbook | Dr. Alison Miller
- Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control | For Therapists | Dr. Alison Miller
- A Coloring Book of Healing Images for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse | A Spiral-bound Adult Coloring Book and Workbook | Dr. Ellen Lacter
- Dear Little Ones: A Book about Dissociative Identity Disorder for Young Alters | An Illustrated 'Children's Book' | Jade Miller (You can also listen to her reading of it, and seeing the pages, here on YouTube)
- The Stranger in the Mirror: Dissociation - The Hidden Epidemic | Marlene Steinberg, M.D. (Mostly helpful for loved ones/supporters of those with dissociative disorders; of course needs an update but can still be valuable)
- The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook | Deborrah Haddock (Also helpful for survivors and their support network despite some additionally outdated material)
- A Fractured Mind | Robert B. Oxnam (And autobiographical tale of a successful male with DID and his journey to discovering his condition in a time where information on DID was quite rare)
A resource we've not read ourselves but have heard fantastic things about:
Dissociation and the Dissociative Disorders: DSM-V and Beyond | Paul F. Dell and John A. O'Neill (The most current, up-to-date research-based approach to dissociative disorders, covering many perspectives)
*For a more in-depth description of a few of these materials, visit our Grants page where we further delineate the contents and role a few of these books can play as an adjunct to therapy - and especially when no therapy is available to you.
Psychiatric hospitals trained in trauma and dissociation**
- Sheppard Pratt Health System: The Trauma Disorders Program | Towson, MD
- River Oaks Hospital: Trauma Disorders | New Orleans, LA
- McLean Hospital: Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Program | Belmont, MA
- Psychiatric Institute of Washington (PIW): The Center | Washington D.C., MD*
- Forest View Hospital: Trauma Program | Grand Rapids, MI (unsure of current status of their individual inpatient unit for Trauma Disorders; trauma care may be co-habitant with other patients; does have specialized PHP)*
- Del Amo: The Trauma Recovery Program | Torrance, CA* (cites following the Colin Ross Trauma Model)
- UBH Denton: The Ross Institute for Trauma | Denton, TX (formerly the program at Timberlawn, nurses and staff made the transfer as well; is a Colin A Ross Institute Trauma Program using his Trauma Model)*
- The Trauma Center at JRI: Brookline, MA* (only offers residential treatment to adolescents aged 12-22, but also offers and abundance of other therapeutic opportunities particularly after evaluation; follows research of Bessel van der Kolk. Recent conversations suggest that, because of a very complex assessment process, unless you live locally, this may not be a viable option.)
- Two Rivers Behavioral Health System | Kansas City, MO (no longer has specialized, inpatient trauma treatment; no longer sure about PHP/IOP programs either)*
*Several of these facilities have partial (PHP) and/or intensive outpatient programs (IOP) as well.
**This is only the current list of inpatient facilities. There are some other locations that offer residential care, acute stabilization (3-5 days), or solely PHP/IOP. If you are interested in knowing those options, please contact us for that list. These programs are constantly changing and tend to be more unstructured, smaller in size, and more expensive and unregulated (residential programs specifically), but if you are in need of some kind of treatment and none of these are available to you, we'll happily help you see if any others like this are viable.
**Differently than the "thumbs up" we give to websites, books and similar materials, this is merely the most current list of hospitals that offer inpatient treatment and have units specialized in the treatment of C-PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. Each of these facilities have had their fair share of rave and negative reviews independently. We cannot and do not endorse any one facility, nor would we discourage anyone from looking into others. Because resources are so scarce, preference rarely gets a voice here - and safety is key - so it is best to know all the options available to you. If you are considering hospitalization and feel overwhelmed by the choices, feel free to contact us and we'll happily let you know more about each program so you can make a more informed, educated decision for yourself and your treatment.