Self-healing through self-parenting, a concept introduced a generation ago, has helped thousands of adult children of alcoholics who are codependent and have conflicts in their primary relationships. Now Patricia O'Gorman, Ph.D., and Phil Diaz, M.S.W., authors of the classic book The 12 Steps to Self-Parenting for Adult Children and its companion workbook, expand the reach of that successful healing paradigm to anyone who has suffered from any kind of trauma. Whether they grew up in a dysfunctional home, were victims of violence, or suffered other types of acute distress, many people struggle to determine the impact of earlier trauma on current adult decision making.
O'Gorman and Diaz show how trauma is a driver of dysfunctional behaviors and linked with codependency, and they offer a concise yet detailed resource for survivors and thrivers as well as the professionals who work with them. Through a process modeled after the 12 Steps of AA, Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting: The Codependency Connection offers help to a broad array of readers (not just those who are ACOAs) by healing the wounded inner core and helping readers reconnect to their inner child,
Phil Diaz, M.S.W., is the director of community development and education for Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach, Florida, and has a private practice specializing in the treatment of addiction and trauma at Lifescape Solutions in Delray Beach, Florida. He is the former executive director of the Harrigan Foundation, where he specialized in Gestalt family therapy, and the former CEO of Gateway Community Services, a 300-bed drug treatment facility for adolescents and adults in Jacksonville, Florida, where he pioneered PTSD treatment using EMDR and motivational therapy. He was the founding director of Project Rainbow, the first center for young children of alcoholics, and was the deputy director for substance abuse at the largest community mental health center in New York State, where he pioneered work with the dually diagnosed, drug-addicted person. He is also the former assistant deputy director for prevention in the Office of Demand Reduction with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; in this capacity, Diaz was the lead federal official in the development of national and international drug prevention policy.
Diaz is a social worker with more than thirty-five years of experience in the addiction field, child abuse, and trauma. He is also a founding board member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, the National Association for Native American Children of Alcoholics, and the founding chairperson of the National Drug Prevention League. His work has appeared in Women's Day, USA Today, and Focus on the Family. Diaz is the coauthor of The Lowdown on Families Who Get High, 12 Steps to Self-Parenting, 12 Steps to Self-Parenting Workbook, and Breaking the Cycle of Addiction as well as numerous articles in magazines, including Parents, Addiction Today, Counselor, and Recovery. He has received numerous awards for his work including an honorary doctorate in law from Mercy College in New York.
Patricia O'Gorman, Ph.D.
Dr. Patricia O'Gorman, Ph.d is an internationally-recognized psychologist in private practice in East Chatham, and Albany, New York. She is noted for her work in families, children of alcoholics, trauma, child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse.
She was one of the first researchers in children of alcoholics in the early 1970's, documenting the impact of alcoholism and sobriety on adolescent development, and went on in 1974 to create the Department of Prevention and Education for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). She has served as an international consultant to organizations in preventative and clinical strategic planning.
Dr. O'Gorman is a co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and has held positions ranging from Clinical Director of a child welfare agency, Executive Director of an agency serving survivors of crime and abuse, to Director of Prevention for NIAAA.
She is a veteran of numerous television appearances, including Good Morning America, Today, and AM Sunday and the author of numerous articles in magazines including Addiction Today, Counselor, and Recovery.
She is the author of Dancing Backwards in High Heels: How Women Master the Art of Resilience.
With Phil Diaz, she is the co-author of:
The Lowdown on Families Who Get High
12 Steps to Self-Parenting for Adult Children & 12 Steps to Self-Parenting Workbook
Breaking the Cycle of Addiction
Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting: The Codependency Connection, due to be published April 2012 by HCI of Deerfield Beach, Florida,
With Peter Finn, She is the co-author of:
Teaching about Alcohol
Her newest book is Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting: The Codependency Connection. Dr. O'Gorman brings to the topic of Trauma and Co-Dependency, the same type of seminal thinking that she used to help create the Children of Alcoholics Movement.
Captures every essential aspect of recovery from trauma. It's an authoritative and comprehensive step-by-step education and recovery process with a brilliant utilization of the 12 Steps.
- Julie D. Bowden, M.S., Cofounder of NACoA
A comprehensive and complete companion for self-help and bibliotherapy fans.
- John Pitselos, Ph.D., C.A.P.