The Trauma Zone
TABLE OF CONTENTS Part One Preparing for the Battle Chapter ^1: The Trauma DJ Chapter 2: The Trauma Zone Has Exit Signs Chapter ^3: Secrets Chapter 4: Summary of Hope--Jesus Wrestled with Trauma and...
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part One Preparing for the Battle
Chapter ^1: The Trauma DJ
Chapter 2: The Trauma Zone Has Exit Signs
Chapter ^3: Secrets
Chapter 4: Summary of Hope--Jesus Wrestled with Trauma and Won ^
Part Two Can't Cope with Your Emotions
Chapter 5: Emotional ^Roller Coaster
Chapter 6: The Sky is Falling
Chapter 7: Trigger-Happy
Chapter ^8: Shame Buttons
Chapter 9: Summary of Hope--You Can Cope
Part ^Three Can't Tell Time
Chapter 10: The Time Machine
Chapter 11: ^The Flashback Monster
Chapter 12: The Nightmare Monster
Chapter 13: ^The Monster of Intrusive Thoughts
Chapter 14: Summary of Hope--The Power ^of the Now
Part Four Can't Move
Chapter 15: Stuck in Neutral
Chapter ^16: Shut Down
Chapter 17: Tortured by Self-Doubt
Chapter 18: Emotional ^Clutter
Chapter 19: In a Minute
Chapter 20: Partying with Pity
Chapter ^21: Summary of Hope--You Can Move Forward
Part Five Can't Learn
Chapter ^22: Trauma Drama
Chapter 23: Strange Baptism
Chapter 24: Hijacked
Chapter ^25: Summary of Hope--You Can Achieve Mastery
Part Six Can't See
Chapter ^26: Talk to the Hand
Chapter 27: Ignorance is Bliss--Right?
Chapter ^28: Catch Me If You Can
Chapter 29: Summary of Hope--From Fear to Faith
Continuing ^on the Transformation Highway
Appendix A: Self-Help Resources
Appendix ^B: Recommended Reading
Appendix C: Guidelines for Choosing a Support Person ^
R. DANDRIDGE COLLINS (B.S., Eastern University; M.Div., Palmer Theological ^Seminary; Ph.D., Temple University) is currently the proprietor of the Pastoral ^Counseling Network. He is a licensed psychologist with 25 years of behavioral health ^experience in diverse settings with premier hospitals, residential care, and community ^mental health facilities. Dr. Collins was previously the executive director and ^chief operating officer of the Center for Innovative Family Achievements, Inc., ^in Trenton, New Jersey. He is author of Taunt Your Trauma and The Trauma ^Zone. He lives in eastern Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter.
In the eerie, classic television show The Twilight Zone, characters ^caught in the zone wanted nothing more than to return to normal life. Similarly, ^survivors of severe trauma fall into the trauma zone--place they want to escape ^from, but can't. Some cannot move forward, feeling stuck and victimized by their ^past. Some cannot see the present, living in denial of what has happened. And others ^cannot learn from the past, repeating the same mistakes over and over. All of them ^find they can't cope with the overwhelming emotions that accompany trauma. Collins, ^a licensed psychologist with over 25 years experience in the healthcare field, believes ^there is a way out of the trauma zone and back to emotional health, a path he outlines ^in this practical, encouraging book.
Survivors of severe trauma are never the
same. Often they become trapped, ^unable
to return to normal life. This book
reaches out to survivors with ^practical,
biblical insights to help them get
unstuck and move toward healing. ^The
Trauma Zone is where trauma survivors
get stuck: they fi nd they can't ^move past
the event, or they can't cope with overwhelming
emotions, or they ^experience
fl ashbacks. Collins teaches readers how
to turn off the \u201cTrauma ^DJ\u201d the voice
in their heads that keeps them locked in
the past, and ^move forward into freedom
from emotional pain.
The Trauma Zone is a must read for anyone who is looking to leave ^the past in its place and press toward a brighter tomorrows. Collins has put on ^paper universal truth, biblical principles and several powerhouse solutions that ^not only make sense -- they work!
-Andria Hall, Veteran Broadcast Journalist, ^international speaker, author and radio host of The Walk at Work
Dr. Collins ^shows us the way out of our pain, in his masterful style of interpreting the Scripture ^and his use of psychological insight.
-Dr. William J. Shaw, President, National ^Baptist Convention USA, Inc. and Pastor, White Rock Baptist Church, Philadelphia, ^PA
Dr. Collins has zeroed in on a most critical element of the human ^condition. So many people attempt to manage lives that are encumbered by the ^heavy weight of trauma. Too many are children. Such trauma clouds their ^minds and fills their heart with fear. Collins' book is an encouraging and ^constructive work on the healing of trauma that can be found through the courageous, ^disciplined, and prayerful trust of God and those He sends to walk with us.
-Dr. ^David R. Black, President, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA
R. Dandridge ^Collins has brought, in the spirit of Jesus, a tough mind and a tender heart to ^those in need of emotional and spiritual healing. This significant and insightful ^work will help those who are wounded accept the marvelous grace of God, and give ^them both the ability and the will to move on.
-Rev. J. Wendell Mapson, ^Jr., President, Baptist Ministers, Philadelphia Conference and Vicinity, Pastor, ^Monumental Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Collins has produced ^a work that will bless the lives of believers for years to come. Many Christians ^walk around trapped in The Trauma Zone not knowing that there are exits ^signs in that "zone" to point the believer to the doors through which a follower ^of Christ may walk with confidence and with a cure for the disease with which they ^have been living for so long!
Dr. Collins' Trauma D.J. keeps many persons of ^faith listening to a constant negative "rap" and also keeps them living beneath ^their dignity. They live with brokenness and unhealed wounds. Dr. Collins ^shows in the pages of this work how Christ will heal those wounds and how, when ^we walk along with Christ, we can become whole again.
I recommend his book to ^all who are in the helping professions. I recommend his book to all who wrestle ^with depression and negative attitudes. I recommend his book to all who would ^embrace what it is that Jesus had in His mind when He said, "I have come that you ^might have life more abundantly!"
-Pastor Jeremiah A. Wright, Trinity United ^Church of Christ, Chicago, IL
I am pleased to add my hearty endorsement ^to this well-written, insightful, and helpful treatment of a subject near and dear ^to my heart and absolutely essential to an effective holistic pastoral ministry. ^In some very important ways it is a timely, long-awaited practical resource for ^every pastor's and counselor's reading that effectively combines biblical and theological ^and spiritual discernment with documented clinical research. It is a must ^read for all ministers concerned about helping people to achieve what Jesus meant ^when He said, "Be thou made whole!"
-Rev. Dr. Albert F. Campbell, Pastor, ^Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA
The Trauma Zone is a well-written, ^user-friendly guide that will empower the reader to navigate the often tortuous ^path toward healing. By using real world examples, Dr. Collins affirms that ^there is hope for those who feel trapped in the trauma zone and highlights the pathways ^out of it. I well recommend this book to my patients who struggle with trauma ^and its aftereffects.
-Tracey Jones, M.D., Board Eligible Child Psychiatrist
Reading ^The Trauma Zone: Trusting God for Emotional Healing is both rewarding and ^enlightening. R. Dandridge Collins has provided a usable and helpful book ^in practical readable style that delves into some of the toughest areas of in-depth ^psychotherapy. It is a must read for pastors, counselors, and individuals ^trying to get a deeper understanding of the traumas that hamper people from finding ^true joy and peace in life.
-Wallace Charles Smith, President, The Palmer ^Theological Seminary of Eastern University, Wynnewood, PA
In The ^Trauma Zone: Trusting God for Emotional Healing, Dr. Collins brilliantly presents ^strategies that reflect his training in both the psychological and religious arenas. ^Dr. Collins' down-to-earth approach and his unique integration of psychological ^principles and biblical insights make this book useful to survivors, their families ^and friends, and the professionals who treat/interact with them. Of particular ^interest are the chapters dealing with the "Three-Headed Monsters: flashbacks, nightmares ^and intrusive thoughts." I highly recommend this work to everyone relating ^to Christian survivors of trauma.
-Melvin Rogers, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, ^Past President, Pennsylvania Psychological Association
The Trauma Zone, an ^eloquent and readable guidebook filled with biblical truths, addresses complex issues ^of emotional trauma. It is a debilitating disease that fills our medical offices ^today. Collins provides a practical reference tool for medical practitioners, ^to assist their patients with the restoration process. It will definitely ^be a part of my armamentarium!
-Deborah K. Witt, MD, Assistant Professor, ^Department of Family & Community Medicine, Cultural Competency & Diversity ^Coordinator
In the eerie, classic television show The Twilight Zone, characters caught in the zone wanted nothing more than to return to normal life. Similarly, survivors of severe trauma fall into the trauma zone--place they want to escape from, but can't. Some cannot move forward, feeling stuck and victimized by their past. Some cannot see the present, living in denial of what has happened. And others cannot learn from the past, repeating the same mistakes over and over. All of them find they can't cope with the overwhelming emotions that accompany trauma. Collins, a licensed psychologist with over 25 years experience in the healthcare field, believes there is a way out of the trauma zone and back to emotional health, a path he outlines in this practical, encouraging book.
R. DANDRIDGE COLLINS earned a BS in Psychology and Spanish with a minor concentration in French from Eastern University. He completed a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Psychology at Palmer Theological Seminary. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Temple University as a Bilingualism Fellow. He is currently the proprietor of the Pastoral Counseling Network. He lives in Yeadon, PA with his wife and family.