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


Come Join Us!

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 May 6, 2023, the current book will be – “Polyvagal Practices: Anchoring the Self in Safety.”

by Deb Dana, LCSW.

Excerpt from Amazon listing

Here, for the first time, is a layperson’s explanation of polyvagal theory, an approach to mental health and well-being that has taken the clinical world by storm. A polyvagal approach to life is based on the knowledge that the autonomic nervous system is shaped by early experience and reshaped with ongoing experience. This short book will offer an overview for nonspecialist readers and provide a series of exercises and meditations (practices) that will allow readers to tune into their nervous systems, providing calming prompts to build and strengthen ventral vagal connections.

This book includes a never-before-published comprehensive chapter on polyvagal theory, preceded by exercises that focus on mapping, reflecting, listening, deepening, creating, and connecting. Readers who want to change a pattern and find new rhythm for their nervous systems can use this material to work toward those goals.

See a sample in our Learn More resource

If you aren’t familiar with how this program works, you can watch a sample in our free Learn More resource. We’ve created, “Learn More”, to help you understand what each program is like before you sign up. Simply register with your email and you’ll have access to samples of this, and most of our other programs as well.  

Give it a try!

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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