From Dr. Alisha Moreland, MD, ABPN, ABMS, Executive Director, OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing, Assistant Professor, OHSU School of Medicine
This book offers an integrated training and coaching system to facilitate change in systems (education, healthcare, and juvenile justice) by emphasizing brain development, cultural responsivity, and trauma-informed practices. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the neurobiology of fear, brain development, trauma, substance use, mental health, structural bias, and environmental factors that pose a threat to healthy brain development. Equally, it employs practical applications/recommendations and case examples that help solidify understanding of key concepts. Each chapter begins with a set of objectives and interactive exercises that builds on the next, thoughtfully challenging the reader (and giving specific, practical ways for the reader) to apply the information presented with the goal of “change.” The text is written from the perspective of a trauma-informed addiction psychiatrist who has effectively facilitated systems change.
Topics featured in this book include:
Common threats to healthy brain development.
The neurobiology of trauma.
Application of trauma-informed practices and approaches.