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Book week assists trauma healing when you learn more about PTSD healing

Book week assists trauma healing is part of the public Book Week celebration, so I should be telling you about my publications.  I have 2 printed books and an online blog with new chapters released monthly. Subscribers to this FREE online book get additional questions, hints & information about the monthly chapter topic.  You might even like to subscribe on Alida Gets Life free-book facebook page and, you might like to do a review… especially about the publishing style 😊

My Thesis examined what techniques experienced trauma therapists had found to be effective in healing people with PTSD, in 2009. Back in 1997, I wrote a paper about the Community-based trauma support and therapy groups I founded. I presented it and a poster to the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, and published articles in  a couple of other papers for journals etc since.

Book week assists trauma healing featured publications

The  Trauma & PTSD Self Help  Workbook Introduction can be read here for your convenience. Both the Introduction and the contents page give you a very detailed overview of how the Trauma & PTSD Self-Help Workbook can help you heal after all kinds of traumatic incidents. The Trauma & PTSD Self Help Workbook can be used on its own, but we do encourage you to also seek counselling.

The Foreword of the Trauma & PTSD Self Help Workbook -“Put together your own life: recover and rebuild your own life” is as follows:


I first met Francess Day during the December 2003 Perth hearings of the Senate Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care. As a counsellor and survivor of trauma herself, she agreed to be on hand should her skills be required for witnesses giving evidence. Harrowing and distressing best describe the experience of many witnesses as they finally are given a voice to tell of the often-horrific stories of assaults, abuse and neglect inflicted on them as vulnerable children in care.

In the course of my parliamentary work, I have become very aware of the long-term suffering that victims of childhood trauma typically endure. This emanates from initiating and being a member of two Senate Community References Committee Inquiries that have uncovered widespread child sexual assault and abuse. The first of these was the 2001 Inquiry into Child Migration, the report of which – Lost Innocents: Righting the Record – documents a dark and hidden chapter of Australia’s history. The second is the 2003-4 Inquiry into those I refer to as the ‘forgotten Australians’, those non-indigenous, non-child migrant state wards and home children.

Together with the 1997 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Inquiry into the indigenous ‘stolen generation’, this trilogy of inquiries reveals that more than 500,000 children experienced out-of-home care last century. On leaving care, the majority of these people have been left scarred and damaged as adults with the cycle of abuse and cruelty they endured too often being passed on to the next generations.

The overall lack of justice and support for those who suffered in institutional care is scandalous. Most remain unassisted because they lack trust, don’t know where to go or remain paralysed by the circumstances of living dysfunctional lives on the margins of society. It is precisely people like this that will greatly benefit from this new book by Francess Day.

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Cover of Workbook to facilitate healing from trauma

Additionally, Put together your own life will prove an invaluable aid for survivors of all forms of trauma who courageously choose to move beyond their pain and suffering in the quest to rebuild their lives. Together with her previous book, Putting together the Pieces: recovering and rebuilding life after trauma (2002), this workbook is a logical extension to assisting trauma survivors. By working through the various recovery strategies the workbook offers, it has the potential to redirect survivors on to a new life path, a new way of being.

Senator Andrew Murray

Senator for Western Australia

More information at this page:-

Self Help Books – Order Form

Feedback from first readers and Forewords from relevant professionals about my first book

The Trauma Self Help Textbook: Putting together the pieces was recommended for University Student reading lists by a casual lecturer working at 3 of West Australia’s major universities. It is currently on the shelves of the major WA universities.

It is regularly ordered for an online private Counselling Skills training college based in QLD and is also in most public libraries around Australia. If it is not available at your library, please recommend it using the order form and perhaps pass on the URL of the order page to them.

This book is a great gift to support to family and friends of a traumatised person, who may be at a loss to understand the changes in their loved one. Please view Family Feedback and Forewords on how it will help the natural support network, and general community members, helping professionals and general counsellors, social workers and psychologists.

The link is and you can order a copy via the above order form or the “contact” page.

The first book contents page & summary can be found at

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Cover of ‘Putting together the pieces’ – self help book

Finally Feedback from family:-

The following is an extract from a letter received soon after “Putting together the pieces: recovering and rebuilding and  life after trauma” was released in 2002:

“… We have come from being one of the closest families to being totally strangers. My relationship with my sister prior to this trauma was the best! We shared everything, did everything together, and really had a great honest relationship but most of all loved each other dearly. But now we even struggle to have a daily conversation with each other.

After hearing about posttraumatic stress, I wondered to myself if this is something that my sister may have been going through. After reading your book on putting together the pieces, something finally has made sense through all of this. I now have an understanding on the thoughts and processes she is going through, but most of all it touches on experiences the family may be going through. The book totally describes my sister’s reactions to life in general to a T. Its so on the ball it’s scary! The flashbacks, numbness, the lack of interest in life in general, but most severe in my sisters life is the way she has just totally disassociated with the people closest to her. At this stage in her life she cannot see just exactly what she has had in the past or what she may be losing in the future in regard to her relationships. This is the saddest part of all of this.

I would like to thank you though, for taking the courage to write this book and express your own experiences in life. It certainly has given me an insight to what feelings people that have experienced a traumatic time in their lives, are dealing with on a daily basis. But no matter how big or small the trauma was there is hope on putting it back together. It may take time, but it is worth the while in the long run.

After the time our family has had over the last 14 months it’s only now that my sister has started to share a few of her feelings with me. Yes it’s a baby step but it’s a step that I didn’t have a month ago and I’m blessed for that.

Thank you again”

The depth of this Trauma Self Help Book Family feedback has provided the answers to questions that people often have about whether the book will help them really understand their family member. Order yours now at

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