Information for the General Public

In dealing with tragedy, you don’t need to be alone. The American Group Psychotherapy Association is available to help you. We’ve compiled a collection of some of the vast resources available, including books, articles, and links to websites that address a variety of topics related to trauma.

We hope you find this site educational and of value as you seek to understand and cope with such events and restore normalcy in your own life.

If you think that you or someone you love needs professional help, please call the American Group Psychotherapy Association at 212-477-2677 or search for a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) in our online directory.  

AGPA also publishes a helpful brochure all about group psychotherapy, called “Group Works!” It is available by calling 888-808-AGPA (2472) or on our website.

The material on this website is provided for educational and informational purposes only. The appearance of any product, service or website link does not imply endorsement, approval or warranty by AGPA. AGPA has no control over the accuracy, content, or availability of other websites.

Resources for Dealing with Trauma


All of the following books are available at

Trauma and Recovery, by Judith Herman, M.D.

Children Changed by Trauma: A Healing Guide, by Debra Whiting, Ph.D., Alexander and Debra Whiting Alexander

I Can't Get over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors, by Aphrodite Matsakis

Good Grief: A Constructive Approach to the Problem of Loss, by Granger E. Westberg

The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death Divorce and Other Losses, by John W. James and Russell Friedman

Awakening from Grief: Finding the Road Back to Joy, by John E. Welshons

After the Darkest Hour: How Suffering Begins the Journey to Wisdom, by Kathleen A. Brehony


WHAT YOU'LL FIND: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has a variety of articles for those dealing with the trauma of the terrorist attacks of September 11.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: This website is designed to serve the diverse needs of a large array of interested audiences such as: veterans and other survivors of traumatic experiences, clinicians, researchers, journalists, family members, students, policymakers, lawyers, librarians, and others interested in understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sample Areas of Interest  

  • Facts about PTSD: Concise articles addressing general information about PTSD and trauma, as well as information about treatment, veterans, disasters. 
  • PTSD Research:  Review the National Center's Research Quarterlies and research articles related to PTSD and trauma. Or access information on how to use and search the PILOTS Database, our interdisciplinary index to the worldwide literature on traumatic stress. You can also search the books located in the National Center for PTSD library / resource center.  
  • PTSD Diagnosis and Treatment: Review the National Center's Clinical Quarterlies, and clinical articles on diagnosis and treatment for populations exposed to traumatic stress. Or access information on assessment instruments for PTSD, or the National Center's Disaster Mental Health Manual.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: This site is provided by The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. It has information for the general public including: general information, fact sheets, and specialized trauma resources and organizations.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: The American Red Cross provides materials to help you and your family cope with the terrorist attacks. In addition to the online brochures, there are printable versions that may be distributed to others in your community. There are also discussion boards.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: This is fact sheet on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and what it means to you offered by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Sample Links for Coping

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