The powerful and blunt words of General Mattis, also known as the Warrior Monk, speak to perhaps the most important ingredient needed as you walk the road from struggle to strength — curiousity. Being curious about yourself, about other people and their stories, and about the world, will nurture and sustain you through the troughs of life, and inspire you to reach the peaks. At Boulder Crest, we believe in mining our stories, training, and experience for the benefits of others, and being voracious readers. With that in mind, this page features information about the books written by Boulder Crest Foundation's Founder, Ken Falke, and Josh Goldberg, the Executive Director of our Institute; as well as those written by our Distinguished Chair, Dr. Richard Tedeschi, and Vice Chair, Dr. Bret Moore.
All of our lives are filled with ups and downs, triumphs and tragedy, success and stress. The question is not whether we will experience difficulty, challenge, or trauma; it is what we will do in response to such events and experiences. While the dominant narrative of cultures around the world suggests that trauma diminishes our prospects for a great life, Richard Tedeschi, Bret Moore, Ken Falke, and Josh Goldberg know differently. Rich, Bret, Ken, and Josh have dedicated their lives to ensuring that people can grow in the aftermath of trauma, and live great lives — filled with Posttraumatic Growth. This remarkable book harnesses the power of all their experience, and the incredible true stories of combat veterans and military and veteran family members who have transformed loss into gain and pain into purpose.
"Struggle Well is a breakthrough book that deals honestly with the needs of men and women who have been deeply impacted by war and other traumatic events. Pills, unsolicited and thoughtless advice and ill conceived "treatments" have done little to address the deep needs of warriors and first responders. What Ken has created at Boulder Crest and what he now lays out in "Struggle Well" is by far the best effort currently underway. The approach isn't new, it builds on deep truths. Suffering sucks, but it can be ennobling. How we respond to trauma of every kind is a choice - our final freedom. This book lays out a practical way how to, quoting Dusty's colorful phrase, "un-f*** yourself". We have to do the work and it can't be done if we have no hope. I'm grateful that Ken and Josh tell it like it is in their new book. There's no BS between these covers, no therapeutic gobbledygook and no magic. But there is hope and a roadmap that we all can follow."
"This paragraph early in the book caught my attention right away:
'We’ve learned in working with veterans that their problems have a lot more to do what they are coming home to, rather than what they are coming back from. The military teaches men and women how to be Soldiers, but no one teaches them how to live a meaningful and productive life out of uniform. In truth, no one teaches civilians how to do that either—until now.'
The authors explore the problem of PTSD in a way that looks at the whole person and their life story, not just a single experience. It's incredibly insightful. Anyone interested in this topic should pick this book up, you will not regret it."
All of our lives are filled with ups and downs, triumphs and tragedy, success and stress. The question is not whether we will experience difficulty, challenge, or trauma; it is what we will do in response to such events and experiences. While the dominant narrative of cultures around the world suggests that trauma diminishes our prospects for a great life, Richard Tedeschi, Bret Moore, Ken Falke, and Josh Goldberg know differently.Rich, Bret, Ken, and Josh have dedicated their lives to ensuring that people can grow in the aftermath of trauma, and live great lives — filled with Posttraumatic Growth. This remarkable book harnesses the power of all their experience, and the incredible true stories of combat veterans and military and veteran family members who have transformed loss into gain and pain into purpose.
There is no denying the psychological and physical costs of trauma, but suffering a traumatic experience does not necessarily mean you’ll develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and have to live with its debilitating long-term symptoms. While the process of recovering from trauma is difficult and painful, survivors also experience posttraumatic growth (PTG). And with the right approach to healing, the same challenges that create PTSD can also set the stage for a psychological rebirth.
With this guide, you’ll learn more about traumatic experiences and their short- and long-term effects, discover where you are in your own process, explore vulnerability as an important aspect of post-traumatic strength, identify and develop other strengths for coping with—and growing beyond—your trauma, and successfully integrate your experience into your personal story.
"I am a clinical psychologist and work everyday with survivors of military, sexual, and childhood trauma. Nowadays, it seems that there is a knee-jerk reaction to assume that those who have experienced trauma are disabled with PTSD, and that they might be dangerous to themselves or others. The truth is somewhere in the middle. While PTSD is a real condition and has led some people down very dark paths, it does not have to be permanent nor does it have to be life damaging. Proof of this is that most people go through traumatic events and do not develop PTSD. The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook is a quality guide that walks survivors through the successful process that “resilient” or “hardy” individuals do psychologically. The workbook is written for the survivor, and requires them to journal throughout: about their symptoms, their inner beliefs, their strengths, their support groups, their sense of purpose, and more. The astute clinician will see that these writing assignments are clearly informed by the evidence of what helps survivors succeed (cognitive-behavioral therapy principles) minus the focus on repeatedly re-visiting the traumatic events (as in Prolonged Exposure). Those who have successfully navigated the path after experiencing a trauma will attest that loving relationships and a new sense of meaning about life are key. Survivors who are struggling post-trauma would be wise to read this and do the assignments. If you know someone who is struggling, buy this for him or her. Clinicians would be wise to incorporate this into their treatment program: I have."