Heyward Bruce Ewart III – “A Man’s Account: Growing up with Abuse”

Authors Airwaves is pleased to present Heyward Bruce Ewart, III, PhD reading “A Man’s Account” from his new book AM I BAD? Recovering From Abuse. Compared to domestic violence against women, the of-fense applied to men is rare but yet not absent. Male victims of domestic abuse are rarely attacked physically; instead, they are assaulted verbally and mentally in the partnership. In my practice I have treated both men and women, although in separate groups. Because the same dynamics apply for men; that is, child abuse leading to later abuse, it is worth devoting this account of one single case, because it is indeed an excellent example of the principles so far discussed.David, now in his 60s, still has monthly or more frequent dreams of conquering his father, who has been deceased for nearly 30 years. He remembers as a boy watching his father proudly weave two leather dog leashes together for training the family pet, a pedigree Boxer. At the end of the two woven leashes, he attached a hard, wrapped ball, somewhat larger than a golf ball, which he formed by tightly winding a long, leather thong. He left some remaining strips dangling loose off the end of the ball to resemble a cat-of-nine-tails. Even at his young age, the boy wondered why such a device would be needed to train a dog.Not long after the project was complete, David learned that the weapon was for him. He had been accused, at age 7, of talking back to a teacher, something he had not done, as he tried repeatedly to explain to his parents. But his father took out that odd weapon. The man remembers the horror of not being able to get away, incapable of standing, trying to scurry under the kitchen sink, only to be yanked straight in the air by one arm so the father could get another series of blows in. On and on it went, until the boy believed it would continue until he was dead.
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If you were abused or neglected as a child, chances are that you have been your whole life, whether you are a man, a woman, or a teen. Child abuse so mangles the personality that the victim unconsciously attracts abusers throughout the life cycle. Lies about yourself were planted deep in your mind by the abuse, and you still believe them. They are crippling your life! Do you have any of these signs?

  • You have symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • You feel like a second-class citizen.
  • Nobody understands: they ask, “Why can’t you get over it?”
  • You have escaped one abuser only to end up with another.

Until you understand exactly what the abuse did to you, you cannot get free. You can stay in therapy your whole life and never get a clue. OR you can unravel the mysteries once and for all and bring everything to light by reading AM I BAD? Recovering from Abuse. A great resource for victims, therapists, and group work.

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Book Bites for Kids – Jill Osborne

Suzanne Lieurance of Book Bites for Kids interviewed Jill Osborne, author of Sam Feels Better Now!  An Interactive Story.  Suzanne spoke with Jill about how the book was written and published, who can benefit from using it, and what are the therapeutic techniques which it employs.Osborne’s new book, grounded in the latest research from Traumatology and Play Therapy, leads children on a journey to find out what happened with Sam and along the way discover their own hidden feelings and fears and begin to discharge their trauma.  Recommended for young children who have witnessed domestic violence or other forms of abuse.  The book is designed for use by professional therapists but the principles contained in this book will be valuable for any parent. Jill Osborne
Sam saw something awful and scary! Ms. Carol, a special therapist, will show Sam how to feel better. Children can help Sam feel better too by using drawings, play, and storytelling activities. They will be able to identify and manage their own feelings and difficulties in their lives following a traumatic event, crisis, or grief.Therapists’ Acclaim for Sam Feels Better Now
“This beautiful little picture book is the ideal guide for a series of therapy sessions that will focus the child’s attention on positives and help to deal with the traumatic memories”
– Bob Rich, PhD., AnxietyAndDepression-help.com

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Jill Osborne – Children, Trauma, and Play Therapy

Juanita Watson speaks with author and Pay Terapy expert Jill Osborne about her new book Sam Feels Better Now! An Interactive Story for children.  Osborne’s new book, grounded in the latest research from Traumatology and Play Therapy, leads children on a journey to find out what happened with Sam and along the way discover their own hidden feelings and fears and begin to discharge their trauma.  Recommended for young children who have witnessed domestic violence or other forms of abuse.  The book is designed for use by professional therapists but the principles contained in this book will be valuable for any parent. Jill Osborne
Sam saw something awful and scary! Ms. Carol, a special therapist, will show Sam how to feel better. Children can help Sam feel better too by using drawings, play, and storytelling activities. They will be able to identify and manage their own feelings and difficulties in their lives following a traumatic event, crisis, or grief.Therapists’ Acclaim for Sam Feels Better Now
“This beautiful little picture book is the ideal guide for a series of therapy sessions that will focus the child’s attention on positives and help to deal with the traumatic memories”
— Bob Rich, PhD., AnxietyAndDepression-help.com

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Karen Sherman on Inside Scoop Live show

On April 6th, 2008 Juanita Watson interviewed Karen H. Sherman, PhD about her new book Mindfulness and the Art of Choice: Transform Your Life from Loving Healing Press.Each person is entitled to have “the good life.” Most don’t experience this because of getting caught up in reacting, continually recycling old patterns that keep you stuck and emotionally frozen. By practicing the simple tools in Mindfulness and the Art of Choice, you’ll learn how to live mindfully and create the great life you want.The Art of Choice Will Make a Difference

  • Understand why you have not been able to achieve the life you desire
  • Become aware of the signals that indicate you are responding in an old “knee-jerk” reactive patterns
  • Notice and turn off old negative thought patterns
  • Learn ways to heal old leftover emotional wounds
  • Deal with specific everyday issues that get in the way of a satisfying, joyous life
  • Karen Sherman, Ph.D., has been in private practice for over 20 years. Her first book, “Marriage Magic! Find It, Keep It, and Make It Last” was originally published in 2004 with co-author Dale Klein. She is also a contributing author to “101 Ways to Self-Improvement, Vol. 2,” a featured writer on “Yahoo Personals,” has a weekly blog on ThirdAge.com, and writes the Disputes column for Hitchedmag.com. She is interviewed regularly in the media, and is a frequent guest on both national and international talk radio stations. Dr. Sherman conducts a variety of workshops on relationships and lifestyle issues. She serves on the faculty at CW Post University and she is active in many counseling associations. Karen resides on Long Island, New York, is married and has two daughters. In her spare time, Karen enjoys reading, traveling, and playing Suduko.

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    Frances Shani Parker – Craig Fahle WDET interview

    Craig Fahle of WDET-FM’s Detroit Today spoke with author and geriatric care activist Frances Shani Parker about  the realities of life in an urban nursing home.  Parker is author of the new book Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes and is eager to share her 10+ years experience as a volunteer and what we can all do to make the hospice experience better for everyone. Frances Shani Parker
    Frances Shani Parker is a writer, consultant, and hospice volunteer. Her writing has won awards from Writer’s Digest, the Poetry Society of Michigan, the Detroit Writer’s Guild, Broadside Press, and the New Orleans Public Library. Among publications including her work are Black Arts Quarterly (Stanford University), Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (Chicago State University), and Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (AARP). Among venues at which her poems have been read are the International AIDS Conference in South Africa and “Artists Among Us,” sponsored by the Michigan Wayne County Council for Arts, History, and Humanities.A former school principal, Parker has had essays and poems published in the educational arena, particularly on service learning, a teaching and learning method that connects classroom learning with meeting community needs. She has been honored as “Outstanding Educational Administrator” by the Metropolitan Detroit Alliance of Black School Educators and “Educator of the Year” by the Wayne State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an international, professional fraternity for educators. Becoming Dead Right

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    Frances Shani Parker on Jake Steele’s “Authors Audio”

    Frances Shani Parker, author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes talks with Author’s Audio host Jake Steele about the challenges of eldercare in institutions such as nursing homes and hospice. Her book is the captivating account of Frances Shani Parker’s hospice volunteer experiences in Detroit nursing homes. Stories, general information, and poems about patients and health care familiarize readers with the nursing home world, dementia, pain management, disparities, death, rituals, bereavement, and “how to” information on caregiving. Improvements needed in hospice and nursing homes are also examined. This groundbreaking book, published by Loving Healing Press, is available at this Web site, Amazon.com., Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers.

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    Frances Shani Parker is a writer, consultant, and hospice volunteer. Her writing has won awards from Writer’s Digest, the Poetry Society of Michigan, the Detroit Writer’s Guild, Broadside Press, and the New Orleans Public Library. Among publications including her work are Black Arts Quarterly (Stanford University), Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (Chicago State University), and Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (AARP). Among venues at which her poems have been read are the International AIDS Conference in South Africa and “Artists Among Us,” sponsored by the Michigan Wayne County Council for Arts, History, and Humanities.A former school principal, Parker has had essays and poems published in the educational arena, particularly on service learning, a teaching and learning method that connects classroom learning with meeting community needs. She has been honored as “Outstanding Educational Administrator” by the Metropolitan Detroit Alliance of Black School Educators and “Educator of the Year” by the Wayne State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an international, professional fraternity for educators. Becoming Dead Right

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