In This Issue
Crisis Intervention Hotlines
CdA Mental Health Crisis Center
Idaho Affiliates
Contact Us
Tale of Mental Illness
Legislative Update
Medicaid Redesign
Mental Health Awareness in Schools
Mental Health Parity
Affiliate News
New Books
Crisis Intervention

Anxiety Disorder

Panic Disorder

Runaway Hotline

Suicide Hotline


CdA mental health crisis center should open soon, official says 

by Becky Kramer



An Idaho Department of Health and Welfare official said he expects a mental health crisis center to open its doors in Coeur d'Alene within six months.


"Everyone involved would like to see this happen as quickly as possible. The need is there in the community," said Ross Edmunds, the department's behavioral health administrator.

The 24-hour crisis center would serve people experiencing acute episodes related to mental illness or addiction. At the moment, many of those individuals end up in emergency rooms or jail, Edmunds said.


Crisis center staff will provide a mental health assessment and medical screening, and refer patients to follow-up services. At a similar crisis center in Idaho Falls, the average stay at the facility is eight to nine hours.


A coalition of law enforcement and local health officials have been advocating for the crisis center for years. This year, the Idaho Legislature appropriated $1.72 million for a North Idaho center.


The state will contract with a local health provider to operate the crisis center. Edmunds said Kootenai Health is the likely candidate, though the hospital issued a statement saying it wasn't ready to comment.


Kootenai Health has been working closely with Heritage Health, the Panhandle Health District and others on the crisis center. A survey earlier this year listed mental health as one of the top public health concerns in Idaho's 10 northern counties.


The Spokesman-Review

April 29, 2015

Idaho Affiliates
Contact Information

NAMI Boise  

Kelly Norris, President 


4696 Overland Rd., Ste. 274    

Boise, ID 83705                  




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NAMI Coeur d'Alene  

Susie Fischer, President   

P.O. Box 2068               

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816 



Educational Programs: F2F, FSG, Basics, Connection, IOOV         


NAMI Far North (Sandpoint)

Catherine Perusse, President  


P.O. Box 2415 

Sandpoint, ID 83864  




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Basics, Connection, IOOV


NAMI Latah  (Moscow)

Jane Pritchett, President


P.O. Box 8654 

Moscow, ID 8384 


Educational Programs:  F2F, FSG 


NAMI Lewis/Clark Valley (Lewiston)

Barbara Kauffman, President


3336 16th St.

Lewiston, ID 83501




NAMI-Quad (Payette)

Lee Kroeker, President


108 W. Park Ave.

New Plymouth, ID 83655



NAMI Southeast Idaho (Pocatello)

Zina Magee, President


P.O. Box 6066

Pocatello, ID 83205


Educational Programs: F2F, FSG, IOOV


NAMI Upper Valley Idaho (Idaho Falls)

Jane Roberts, President


P.O. Box 2452 

Idaho Falls, ID 83401




Educational Programs: F2F, FSG,

Basics, Connection


NAMI Wood River Valley (Hailey)

Gail Miller Wray, President


P.O. Box 95

Hailey, ID 83333 




Educational Programs: F2F, Basics, Connection, P2P


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Elyn Saks' Tale of Mental Illness
Elyn R. Saks is Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School and an expert in mental health law. She has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. In June 2012 she gave a TED (technology, entertainment, design) talk advocating for compassion toward people suffering with mental illnesses. 

Click on this link to watch her talk, which is about 15 minutes long.
Volume 4, Issue 1
                  May 2015 
Legislative Update

by Kathie Garrett 




This is the fiscal year 2016 appropriation to the Department of Health and Welfare for the divisions of Mental Health Services, Psychiatric Hospitalization, and Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention. It appropriates $48,970,900 from the General Fund, $12,106,700 from dedicated funds, and $26,929,500 from federal funds, for a total of $88,007,100 and 673 FTP for the three divisions.


Mental Health Services includes the Adult Mental Health and Children's Mental Health programs. Enhancements to this division include: $1,720,000 for a Behavioral Health Community Crisis Center to be located in North Idaho; a restoration of funding that was removed during the recession for services related to the Allumbaugh House, which is a partner with the state to meet the behavioral health needs of Idahoans in Southwest Idaho; and an additional 3.18 FTP. The bill includes intent language related to the location of the crisis center and states that the center will be located in Region 1 or Region 2. Psychiatric Hospitalization includes the Community Hospitalization, State Hospital North (SHN), and State Hospital South (SHS) programs. Changes to this division include $103,700 for

inflationary adjustments; $510,500 for various replacement items and alteration and repair projects  t the state hospitls, which includes $140,000 for SHS and $370,500 for SHS; and endowment fund adjustments that reduce the reliance on the General Fund by $649,800. The division was approved for five line items. The first is line item 4 that provides funding to the Community Hospitalization Program to account for the increased rates that the state will pay private hospitals that treat patients committed to the state until a bed is available at SHS or SHN. The second is line item 24 that provides funding for a nurse call system interface at SHS that will improve staff and patient safety. The third is line item 25 that provides SHS funding to upgrade its computer system for inventory management. The fourth is line item 26 that provides funding for a clinical notes template computer module for both SHN and SHS. This module will improve patient safety and billing processes. The final line item 32 adds 0.67 FTP to SHN.  Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment included maintenance level adjustments for staff personnel costs.


Overall budget increase of 4.8%.  Signed  into Law by the Governor





 This bill includes a General Fund transfer of $615,000 from the Adult Mental   Health Program to the Children's Mental Health Program, to pay for attorney fees associated with the Jeff D federal  class-action lawsuit against the state as ordered by the District of Idaho and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2007, the Jeff D. lawsuit was dismissed by the District of Idaho. This decision was subsequently overturned in 2011 by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Once remanded back to the District Court, Judge Winmill directed the state and plaintiffs to follow a meet-and-confer process that led to the parties entering into mediation to negotiate a resolution to the lawsuit. This mediation is expected to result in a settlement agreement that the state hopes will lead to a mutual request for dismissal. The transferred amount is a placeholder based on the amounts billed by the prosecuting attorney for services rendered; final amounts are negotiable and at the discretion of the judge.


Signed into Law  by the Governor




This Bill includes appropriated  for $500,000 from the Idaho Millennium Income Fund to the State Treasurer for distribution to the Idaho  Association of Counties for the period July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. The purpose of this grant is to establish Community Recovery Centers for Idahoans with behavioral health needs. These centers are to provide a safe place for individuals to go and find peer support to address ongoing behavioral health needs.


Signed  into Law by Governor




This Concurrent Resolution acknowledges the importance and severity of the incidence of suicide in Idaho and directs the Health Quality Planning Council to review the resources and opportunities available to this state to address this situation, and make recommendations to the legislature.


Adopted by  House and Senate




This legislation would allow those psychologists who obtain a doctorate degree in psychology, a master's degree in psychopharmacology, clinical experience and pass a nationally recognized exam, to have prescriptive authority in their field. This legislation mandates that a prescribing psychologist collaborate with the patient's primary care provider. This legislation also grants power to the Idaho Board of Psychologist Examiners to establish an advisory panel which will make recommendations to the Idaho Board of Psychologist Examiners.


This Bill passed the Senate 26-8 but did not get a hearing in the House Health and Welfare Committee


HB 71 Motor License Plate, Orofino Maniacs


This Bill would add to existing law to provide for Idaho Friends of the Orofino Maniacs license plates.  This Bill did not get a hearing or a vote..


HB 246 Bullying



At present Idaho's anti-bullying law is solely punitive, providing that an offense "may" be an infraction. The proposed legislation provides for inclusion of anti-bullying content in district, teacher and staff training and orientations to help staff recognize and most appropriately intervene should bullying occur. It also specifies a role for school superintendents and principals in informing staff and students through student hand books and other means that bullying is prohibited and to convey what constitutes bullying to further ensure all are aware of school district policy. It is the intent of this legislation to make it clear that school personnel are authorized to intervene where they see incidents of bullying to further prevent harm to students and ensure all parties recognize bullying, harassment and intimidation when it occurs.


Signed into Law by the Governor


HB 298 Medicaid, Reimbursement


The purpose of this legislation is to create a reimbursement methodology for services provided to an adolescent by a private, freestanding mental health facility. This will allow private, freestanding mental health facilities to provide authorized services to more adolescents with mental health issues. Currently, many of these adolescents are treated in less than optimal settings, i.e. traditional medical/surgical hospitals without mental health services, at a higher reimbursement rate. By revising the reimbursement for private, freestanding mental health facilities, a greater number of these authorized adolescents can be treated in an environment that is more conducive and safer for these individuals, thus promoting quality mental health services.


The fiscal impact to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is estimated to be $303,385 per year. This legislation does not impact or involve County budgets.


Signed in to law by the Governor


Medicaid Mental Health Managed Care-Optum Contract


There was a lot of discussion around this issue.  The Optum team provided the House and Senate Health and Welfare Committees an update.  The Health and Welfare Joint Committees held public testimony and heard from over 22 people about their concerns. The Consortium for Idahoans with Disabilities, including NAMI Idaho,  met with Senator Heider, leaders from Health and Welfare  and Optum.  CID shared their concerns and asked Optum to respond back to their questions in writing.   Optum provided the answers in writing to the questions asked but most answers gave general philosophy.   CID  is still having discussion on this issue.


The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee voted unanimously to have the Office of Performance Evaluation conduct an extensive evaluation of the contract and its services and report back to the Legislature prior to next Legislative session.  The CID group (including NAMI Idaho) met with most of the Legislators serving on the JLOC committee to provide the information on the need of such a study and encouraged their vote.  Many Legislators mentioned  about how they had heard from many of their constituents about concerns about their lack of Medicaid services under Optum.


The JLOC committee voted unanimously to study the Optum Contract


Medicaid Expansion, Close the Gap


Despite the hard work of the Close the Gap Coalition (including NAMI Idaho), no legislation to expand Medicaid was presented.   The Speaker of the House had told the coalition there would not be a hearing on Legislation until they could guarantee enough Republican votes to pass it.   There was hope that with the support of Idaho's big business lobby (IACI) to carry the legislation that it would pass this year. Unfortunately IACI lost some of its political clout when a negative email was made public from the ICAI Executive Director.

Mental Health Parity 

by Kathie Garrett


The National Alliance on Mental Illness has just released a report on Mental Health Parity entitled  A Long Road Ahead - Achieving True Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use CareFor too long, people who need mental health and substance use care have been subjected to

pervasive discrimination in health insurance.


This report describes a survey conducted by NAMI to assess the experiences of people living with mental illness and their families with of the survey are supplemented with an analysis of 84 health plans in the top 15 states by projected 2014 exchange enrollment. Their  findings

reveal that while progress is being  made in law, we have a long way to go to achieve true parity in mental health and substance use care. The report describes a number of barriers that people with mental illness and substance use disorders encounter in their efforts to obtain quality care.


Two laws passed by Congress has attempted to solve this decimation.  In 2008, Congress passed Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici's Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), requiring large group employer plans that offer mental health benefits to provide those benefits on par with other medical or surgical benefits. In 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which included mental health benefits as one of ten essential health benefits that must be included in qualified health plans sold both inside and outside the health insurance exchange or marketplace. In addition, the ACA extended MHPAEA to small group and individual health plans. 


The report found that  despite passage of these  landmark law, people with these disorders still face pervasive barriers in accessing needed care.   These barriers include:

  • Denial rates for inpatient and outpatient MH care that are more than twice those for other types of medical care;
  • Limits in access to needed psychiatric medications, particularly antipsychotic medications;
  • Serious shortages of psychiatrists, therapists and other MH professionals in health insurance networks;
  • High out of pocket costs (co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance); and
  • Lack of information necessary to make informed decisions about plans.


To address these problems, NAMI is calling for:

  • Strong federal and state enforcement of MHPAEA including;
    • Easily accessible mechanisms for filing complaints;
    • Monitoring and reporting on non-compliance by federal agencies responsible for enforcement (DOL, HHS);
  • Publication by insurers of accurate, up to date lists of providers participating in health insurance networks;
  • Also require insurance companies to publish;
    • Clinical criteria used to approve or deny mental health and SU care;
    • Clear, easily understandable info about plan benefits, including specific mental health and SU services covered.
  • Congress and Administration should work together to decrease out of pocket costs for low income consumers in ACA plans. 

The findings of this report shows that much remains to be done to place mental health and substance use benefits on equal footing with other types of care.  NAMI Idaho is discussing how best to evaluate what is happening in Idaho related to parity and what strategies they should adopt.


The full report can be found at www.nami.org/parityreport.   

Three Powerful Messages for Promoting Mental Health Awareness in Every School  


Come see Hakeem Rahim speak at the NAMI National Convention during the Opening Plenary on Tuesday, July 7.

On March 5, 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Change Direction campaign, a new mental health initiative designed to raise mental health awareness.  This builds on President Obama's call two years ago where he urged educators to help "bring mental illness out of the shadows."


This national spotlight on mental illness, in conjunction with the tragic incidents of violence at schools, increases the need to clearly communicate to students about mental health. Here are three powerful messages every school needs to share to create an open environment for students to talk about mental health at school:

  • It's OK to talk about mental illness
  • There is no shame in seeking help
  • There is hope after diagnosis
It's OK to Talk About Mental Illness

To Demystify Mental Health We Must Define It

 There are a lot of myths about mental illness. Due to stigma, or negative attitudes about a group, and lack of understanding of what mental illness is, both students and educators are being left in the dark. This lack of clarity can lead students to feel isolated, misunderstood and even destructive.


In order to say it's OK to talk about mental illness we must first remind ourselves that mental illness can affect anyone, is not the result of character, personal defects, or poor upbringing and are treatable. When we can accurately point out, name and define mental illness we can have a common vocabulary to talk about it. By defining we demystify.  

 Showing it's OK


Students need to actively see that it is OK to talk about mental health. 1 out of 5 adolescents are diagnosed with a mental illness any given year, but only 20% of those that need treatment will receive it. Moreover, children living in disadvantaged neighborhoods are much more vulnerable to mental health issues and less likely to have access to treatment.  

School leadership in general can help students see that communicating their challenges is ok and is one of the ways to take care of yourself. Showing it's OK can range from setting up lunchtime safe spaces, to running awareness programs, to ensuring safety protocols are in place. Regardless of the measure, students need to feel supported by the entire school community.

There is No Shame In Seeking Help

What does it mean to seek help?

 Students are more likely to seek help from their friends than adults, if they seek help at all. When all of the students are aware of mental health resources available to them, they are also better prepared to help a friend or classmate who may confide in them.


High school students are prone to feeling like they can handle it all on their own, or if help is something that they would consider, they will not get it because of negative beliefs or comments by peers. This is one of the many ways we see evidence of stigma in schools.


Schools must explicitly have a "you can come to me" attitude in order to encourage students to seek help. If your school has a school mental health professional, students need to know who they are, likewise, teachers need to know who to refer their students to. Although it can be difficult to discuss issues with students, following proven strategies such listening non-judgmentally normalizing negative emotions and being compassionate, students can have an opportunity to openly seek help.


Showing Models of Mental Health

Students need to see that there is no shame to seek help by making it an ok thing to do.  By showing cultural icons who talk about their challenges and seek help, such as Brandon MarshallDemi Lovato and Kendrick Lamar, we help young people embrace the idea that it is OK and expected to face mental health challenges.  By also having intentional time for mental health awareness, students will see the value being placed on this topic and the attitudes they have about stigma will be addressed.


There is Hope After Diagnosis


We all know middle school and high school is a time of dramatic change, growth and developmental milestones. This period of change and growth impacts the mental health of young people. In fact, one half of all cases of lifetime mental illness begin by the age of 14. However young people who are diagnosed need to know that with proper care and treatment mental illness are treatable.  


Schools are an ideal place to help young people know that they are supported whether or not they are struggling with mental illness. Promoting programs like Michelle Obama's Change Direction initiative, national programs like NAMI's Ending the Silence, educational based initiatives like NAMI Queens/Nassau's Breaking the Silence and Let's Talk Mental Illness TM, or  local initiatives like First Lady Chirlane McCray of New York City Mental Health Texting Pilot Program,will reinforce for students that mental health is something to speak about and not to be hidden.


Mental health is now coming front and center. Schools can be places where kids can know its OK to talk about what they are going through, seek help if they need it and receive encouragement when they experience mental illness. Through consistently and openly sharing these mental health messages, schools can begin to create a culture of open expression.


Hakeem Rahim, EdM, M.A. graduated from Harvard University and from Teacher's College, Columbia University, start a consulting firm, and become NAMI Queens/Nassau's Let's Talk Mental Illness™ (LTMI) presenter, despite his struggles with bipolar disorder. Hakeem has also testified in front of Congress and featured in USA Today. Find out more about him at hakeemrahim.com.


April 10, 2015
Mental Health Parity: Still a Long Way to Go

Imagine this: you are in your late 20s and have just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Your doctor has recommended that you meet with a therapist on a weekly basis and that you see a psychiatrist to monitor your medications. You spend the next two weeks calling every mental health provider in your health plan's directory before you find a single psychiatrist who will see you-in two months.


In the meantime you sit down with a calculator to add up the price of your medications and weekly doctor visits. The costs are scary. How are you going to balance this new diagnosis, the treatment, the bills and that new job you just started?


For many Americans living with a mental health condition, this is reality. Despite recent laws that improve access to care, many still struggle to find appropriate treatment they can afford.


For many years, insurance companies provided limited coverage for mental health services and some excluded mental health benefits entirely. Those plans that did provide benefits often set limits on the number of visits a person could make to a mental health professional, refused to cover certain types of treatment or limited the amount of money that the health plan would spend on mental health services. Many people seeking mental health treatment found that they were paying for services entirely out of their own pocket and very few could afford it.


Seeking a solution to these problems, Congress passed the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Equity Addictions Act in 2008. Originally, this law applied only to health insurance plans offered by "large employers," employers with 50 or more people on their staff. While the law did not require insurance plans to offer mental health coverage, if mental health treatment was covered, benefits must be on par with other medical or surgical benefits.


In 2010, Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA allowed millions of uninsured Americans access to health coverage and health care. The ACA also established mental health and substance use as one of 10 categories of essential health benefits required in most new individual and small group plans sold both inside and outside the ACA marketplaces.


The ACA also extended the Mental Health Parity and Equity Addictions Act to small group and individual plans. While these laws have been a huge step forward to ensure mental health parity and end insurance discrimination, we are a long way from ensuring that all Americans have access to the mental health care they need.

Today, NAMI released A Long Road Ahead: Achieving True Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Care, a report highlighting the results of a survey given to over 2,700 people about their experience with health insurance coverage. In addition, the report includes an analysis of benefits in ACA insurance plans. In particular, the report found:

  • People had serious problems finding mental health providers or psychiatrists in their insurance plan network.
  • Many had a hard time getting the type of prescription medication they needed.
  • Out of pocket costs were high for both prescription medications and mental health treatment. These costs were a roadblock to care for many people.
  • Health insurance companies often denied claims for mental health care.
  • When shopping for health insurance, consumers did not have the information they needed to choose the most effective plan.

So, where do we go from here? How can we make sure that individuals have the information necessary to make decisions about health insurance? What can be done to help people gain access to the supports and services they need?Here is what NAMI recommends:

  • Insurers should be required to post up-to-date, accurate directories showing which treatment providers are accepting new patients.
  • Insurers should be required to publish the standards they use to approve or deny mental health claims. This information should be clear and easy to access.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should require all health plans to provide clear, understandable, easy to access information about health benefits and should help people make decisions about the health plan that best meets their needs.
  • Congress and the federal government must work together to reduce out-of-pocket costs for people with lower incomes.
  • Mental health parity laws must be strictly enforced.

These recommendations are just a starting point. There is much work to be done to make sure that everyone with a mental health condition has access to the services and supports they need, but we will not stop until a wide range of effective treatments, services, and supports is available to all who need them.


March 31, 2015

Affiliate News

Southeast Idaho - Pocatello


NAMI Southeast Idaho held an open house for graduates of several years Family to Family classes on December 4th.  We had holiday refreshments and music and it was fun to touch bases with past graduates.  We do this every year.


On January 13th we will be having a table with information at the Fort Hall Convention Center in their new hotel.

Upper Valley - Idaho Falls

NAMI-UV has been busy so far this year.  We had a booth at the Homeless Stand Down at the end of January, then had our Annual Membership meeting and elections in early February.  We also started the Family to Family class in Idaho Falls in early February, which ended the last week of April, and sponsored a lunch for the local CIT training in April. 


The NAMI-ID East conference on May 2nd was wonderful!  Lots of good information and we got to tour the adolescent unit at State Hospital South in Blackfoot.  After the conference we took flowers and put them on the graves in the SHS cemetery.  The new gravestones are beautiful and it is good to know that folks whose last home was at SHS are being remembered.


We had booths these last 2 Fridays - one at the Madison Memorial Wellness Weekend in Rexburg on May 8th and one at the RHS Mental Health Symposium on May 15th.


Our next big project will be the picnic for people with mental illness and their loved ones.  We sponsor it, with help from H & W District 7, and other donations.  This year it will be on Thursday, June 25th.  We usually serve lunch to about 200 people who stay for games, a raffle, and music.
What's New on the NAMI Bookshelf?
By Joni Agronin

Each week, NAMI receives books from all over the world on various mental health topics. Every person that sends us a book has the hope that their story or their professional experience can be helpful or meaningful to our community.


We believe that everyone's story can have a positive impact on someone else so we wanted to share with you some highlights of the many books we have received over the past month.


The Four Gifts of Anxiety

By Sherianna Boyle, MEd, CAGS
Adams Media, 2015


Sherianna Boyle's book focuses on what she deems the four gifts of anxiety: resiliency, hope, empathy and purpose. She provides her readers with information about how to reframe anxiety so that it can be used in a positive way and not disturb the lives of those living with it. The goal is for readers to take control of their futures and live healthier more fulfilling lives with their anxiety.


The 10 Best Anxiety Busters

By Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD.
W. W. Norton and Company, 2015


Dr. Wehrenberg uses this book that is small in size to make a huge difference for those affected by anxiety. She provides quick and simple tips to manage anxiety in the things we might face every day. Her focus is on reducing the physical and emotional symptoms you may experience and for you to use this book as a reference during those triggering or stressful days.


"A Lifelong Challenge" in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength

By Jill Davis
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, 2014


This edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul would help anyone get through a rough day but Jill Davis' story focuses on her experience with bipolar disorder and how she overcame the many challenges that she faced. Her story showcases how faith and a solid support system can make a world of difference in an individual's recovery.


Left of the Dial

By Christina Bruni
Self-published, 2015


Christina Bruni was a college radio disc jockey, playing alternative rock "to the left of the dial" and aspiring to a career as a writer. She becomes one, but not without first facing a struggle through the mental health care system. But even in the most difficult moments Christina's individuality and her family's love never quit.  Her optimism, humor, ambition and down-to-earth perspective are an inspiration.


The Insanity Plea

By Larry D. Thompson
Story Merchant Books, 2014


An innocent man living with schizophrenia is wrongfully accused of murder and has to rely on the help of a few key supporters to prove his innocence. This fictional thriller explores a journey through the criminal justice system that defies stereotypes. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish and definitely take you on an emotional rollercoaster.


Your Life After Trauma

By Michele Rosenthal
W. W. Norton and Company, 2015


Michele Rosenthal is a professional coach who specializes in helping trauma victims. In her book, she draws on her personal experience with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and her professional expertise to provide tips and guidance on overcoming trauma and successfully regaining a positive sense of self.


The Body Keeps the Score

By Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
Penguin, 2014


Doctor van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with trauma survivors. His book talks about the ways trauma affects our brains in profound ways affecting our ability to think, trust, engage with others and experience pleasure. This book provides information about innovative treatment options for those who have experienced trauma and helps the reader find ways to reclaim their life.


March 16, 2015

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