Waking the Tiger

Healing Trauma

About the Course:

Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question – “Why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized?” By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed.

Walking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through a heightened awareness of these sensations, trauma can be healed.

Publication Date:

1997

Author

Peter A. Levine

About the Author:

Peter A. Levine received his Ph.D. in Medial and Biological Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also holds an independent doctorate degree in Psychology from International University. During his thirty year study of stress and trauma, he has contributed to a variety of scientific and medical publications, including the chapter on stress in The Handbook of Psychophysiology.

Dr. Levine was a consultant for NASA during the development of the Space Shuttle and has taught at hospitals and pain clinics in both Europe and the U.S., as well as at the Hopi Guidance Center in Arizona. He is currently a consultant for the Pain-Rehabilitation Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Levine lives in the foothills of the Rockies, on the bans of the St. Vrain River, near Lyons, Colorado.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about how to heal trauma. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the mystery of trauma.

  2. Describe how biology becomes pathology.

  3. Identify the symptoms of trauma.

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