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Join us each week as we read through and discuss trauma-healing books and materials in a safe, group atmosphere.


Registration is Open

If you like to read, and you’re interested in increasing your knowledge of trauma recovery while interacting in a safe group with other survivors, our Healing Book Club is for you!

What We’re Reading…

As of November 5th, 2022, the current book is – “No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model.”

by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Excerpt from Amazon listing

Discover an empowering new way of understanding your multifaceted mind―and healing the many parts that make you who you are.

Is there just one “you”? We’ve been taught to believe we have a single identity, and to feel fear or shame when we can’t control the inner voices that don’t match the ideal of who we think we should be. Yet Dr. Richard Schwartz’s research now challenges this “mono-mind” theory. “All of us are born with many sub-minds―or parts,” says Dr. Schwartz. “These parts are not imaginary or symbolic. They are individuals who exist as an internal family within us―and the key to health and happiness is to honor, understand, and love every part.”

Dr. Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems (IFS) model has been transforming psychology for decades. With No Bad Parts, you’ll learn why IFS has been so effective in areas such as trauma recovery, addiction therapy, and depression treatment―and how this new understanding of consciousness has the potential to radically change our lives. Here you’ll explore:

• The IFS revolution―how honoring and communicating with our parts changes our approach to mental wellness
• Overturning the cultural, scientific, and spiritual assumptions that reinforce an outdated mono-mind model
• The ego, the inner critic, the saboteur―making these often-maligned parts into powerful allies
• Burdens―why our parts become distorted and stuck in childhood traumas and cultural beliefs
• How IFS demonstrates human goodness by revealing that there are no bad parts
• The Self―discover your wise, compassionate essence of goodness that is the source of healing and harmony
• Exercises for mapping your parts, accessing the Self, working with a challenging protector, identifying each part’s triggers, and more

IFS is a paradigm-changing model because it gives us a powerful approach for healing ourselves, our culture, and our planet. As Dr. Schwartz teaches, “Our parts can sometimes be disruptive or harmful, but once they’re unburdened, they return to their essential goodness. When we learn to love all our parts, we can learn to love all people―and that will contribute to healing the world.”

Ways to obtain the books we read

We understand that books can sometimes be expensive, and not everyone can afford to purchase a new copy, so we’ve outlined some additional ways to obtain new and used copies of the resources we cover.


This is perhaps the most convenient and one of the most affordable ways. You can purchase new and used copies of books for very low or free shipping.


If you have the Kindle app for your phone (it’s free), or any kindle device, you can purchase a book and have it immediately sent to your device or app. This method is usually much less expensive than traditional paperback.

Local Library

You’d be surprised at what you can find at your local library, especially when it comes to books that are not new releases. Consider contacting your library to see if they carry what you’re looking for.

Book Exchange

Resources that allow you to borrow a book for a period of time, and then simply return it when you’re done. These can be free or very low cost.

Program Information

Weekly Calls

The Healing Book Club meets on Saturdays at 4 pm eastern, on Zoom.

Catch Up and Replays

All program calls are recorded and loaded into your secure members area so you can catch up or rewatch a call anytime.


All program calls are faciliated by a CPTSD Foundation staff member who is trauma-informed.

Affordable Membership

For only $10 per month, you can join us each week in this safe, healing, program. 6-month and Yearly plans available as well. No contract, cancel anytime. Cancellation & Refund Policy.

Rules & Guidelines

In order to participate in this program, you agree that you’ve read, understand, accept, and will abide by all rules & guidelines at all times. These are also linked on the program calls and referenced on the check out page.

Trauma Healing Material

All books read in the club are considered valuable reading for survivors of complex trauma. Authors include field leading experts in trauma recovery and mental health. Full list of past books read in the club are available in your members area.

Your Voice Matters

We value your input. We encourage you to share book ideas, participate in open discussion on the current book, and share how you feel we can improve the experience for you.

Safe Atmosphere

We facilitate a safe atmosphere on every call, free from bullying, invalidation, or minimizing. Everyone is respected, encouraged, and validated for who they are.

Connect with Others

As part of your membership, you’ll also have access to an online community where you can interact with other class members and get bonus program material.

Have a Question?

Contact us anytime for help. Our team is happy to answer questions for you and address any concerns you have. 

Your Healing Book Club Leader

Sabra joined CPTSD Foundation in 2017. She leads the weekly Healing Book Club and several of the Daily Recovery Support Calls. In addition, she researches future resources for the CPTSD Foundation to use.

Sabra received her LMSW in 2021 and is an outpatient therapist working with a wide range of ages and trauma experiences. She enjoys helping others work through their own healing journey by embracing their strengths and capacity to heal.

Sabra Cain, LMSW

Healing Book Club and Daily Recovery Support Leader

Stay Up to Date

Check the Healing Book Club Calendar

We meet every Saturday at 4pm eastern. Our program calendar outlines not only the book club, but also many other programs available through CPTSD Foundation.  

Why is there a membership fee?

We ask that all members who register, agree to pay a small monthly, 6-month, or annual membership fee. There is no contract and you can safely cancel at any time. Please reference our Cancellation & Refund Policy.


All proceeds from the Healing Book Club membership go to our general scholarship fund, which provides access to not only the book club, but also the Daily Recovery Support Calls, and other CPTSD Foundation educational materials to those in need of financial support. In addition, your donation also helps us to continue providing programs and resources for survivors and practitioners.

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