Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster 

by Jack Saul

Collective Trauma, Collective Healing is a guide for mental health professionals working in response to large-scale political violence or natural disaster. It provides a framework that practitioners can use to develop their own community based, collective approach to treating trauma and providing clinical services that are both culturally and contextually appropriate. Clinicians will come away from the book with a solid understanding of new roles that health and mental health professionals play in disasters—roles that encourage them to recognize and enhance the resilience and coping skills in families, organizations, and the community at large.


Jack Saul shows professionals how to build community programs that employ primordial human tactics to forge increased community resilience. This book has that rare ability to produce a paradigm shift in how we heal traumatized communities. It’s original and intellectually exciting. I bet it becomes a classic.

Helen Fisher, PhD, research professor in the department of anthropology at Rutgers University

In this valuable guide, Dr. Saul, an internationally recognized leader at the forefront of the field, draws on his extensive experience and creative initiatives to inform and inspire our response to trauma and tragedy by bringing out the best in families and their communities. 

Froma Walsh, PhD, codirector at the Chicago Center for Family Health, Firestone Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago and author of Strengthening Family Resilience

It is a refreshing break from overly concrete prescriptions that ignore cultural and individual differences, and that tend neglect the healing power of community and collective action.

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, professor of psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center