Helping Conversations

Bringing Out the Best When People are at Their Worst  [PowerPoint File] A one-hour seminar designed for EAP staff based upon the concepts found in Helping Conversations:

  • People can change. They have resources within them to alter their life circumstance and resolve problems.
  • We are more likely to help a person change their behavior when we focus on what is strong in him/her and not what is wrong.

Complex Trauma

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Alcohol & Drug Abuse (


Child Welfare Information Gateway

Join Together

Federal Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
(includes CSAT, CSAP and CMHS)

SAMHSA Recovery Month

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

National Organizations

Child Welfare League of America

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

National Association of Children of Alcoholics

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia (CASA) and

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

National Conference of State Legislators

National Governors Association

Family Organizations

Al-Anon Family Group (includes Ala-Teen)

Circle of Parents

Faces and Voices of Recovery

Family Support America

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

National Addiction Rehab Locator

Medicare Plans by State

Geriatric Mental Health Foundation: Substance Abuse and Misuse Among Older Adults

Anxiety Management through Yoga Therapy: A Guide For All Ages

Recommended Reading and Video List:

Addiction, Complex Trauma & Resiliency


Cook, A., Spinazzola, J., Ford, J. et al. (2005). Complex trauma in children and adolescents. Psychiatric Annals 35(5): 390-398.

Van der Kolk, K. (2005). Developmental trauma disorder. Psychiatric Annals 35(5): 401-408.


Sybil & Steve Wolin, S. & Woblin, S. (1993). The Resilient Self: How Survivors of Troubled Families Rise Above Adversity. New York: Villard Books. (Strength-based language)

Eron, J. & Lund, T. (1996). Narrative Solutions. New York: Guilford. (“Preferred View” and how to use it)

O’Gorman, P. (1994). Dancing Backwards in High Heels: How Women Master the Art of Resilience. Center City, MN: Hazelden. 1-800-257-7800. (Full of exercises that can be used individually or to lead groups)

O’Gorman, P. & Diaz, P. (1988). 12 Steps to Self-Parenting. Deerfield Beach, FL: HCI. 1-800-441-5569. (Use of affirmations and meditations for children and spouses of alcoholics) *also available in an audio-book

O’Gorman, P. & Diaz, P. (2004). The Lowdown on Families Who Get High. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America. 1-800-407-6273. (Guide for helping professionals on addiction, parenting and recovery)

Audio & Videos

“Love is Not Enough” (Video) – O’Gorman and real parents speak to others about their children’s substance abuse, and how to cope. Order from Reelizations, 1-800-214-5680.

12 Steps to Self-Parenting” (Audio). By O’Gorman & Diaz. Order from HCI, 1-800-441-5569.

Creating Healthy Families” (Audio) by O’Gorman & Diaz. Order from Sounds True, 1-800-333-9185.