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Resources

We curate and produce resources and tools to help everyone find freedom, health, and happiness.

Important Resources:

If this is an emergency please utilize the following resources for immediate help:

Fostering

Gender Identity & Sexuality

General Resources

Group Facilitation Materials

Mental Health

Racism

Relationships

Sexual & Physical Abuse

Student Body Safety Videos

Substance Abuse

Trauma and Major Life Events

Fostering

Foster Children

Gender Identity & Sexuality

Gender / sexual identity

General Resources

  • A Course on implicit bias (we all have it):
  • Self-Guided Safe Zone Training course about gender and sexuality: Self-Guided Foundational Safe Zone Training  (IMPORTANT: you can choose the free scholarship option, or help support the work by choosing to pay one of the two levels)
  • The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz. This is a great one for people who tend to take things personally and are people pleasers. Also, if someone tends to get too wrapped up in other people: audiobook, cds, book available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes
  • The Mastery of Love, Don Miguel Ruiz. This is one of the most helpful books on learning not to be dependent upon people or things outside of ourselves for approval, satisfaction, and love. If someone struggles with unhealthy attachment, this is a great book. It can help you learn what love is and is not, and free you up to really love others from a healthy place. **Disclaimer: he says it’s not a religious book or approach, but he does cross over into some religious ideas. If it bothers you, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Just fit it into your own religious framework: audiobook, cds, book available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes
  • Myers-Briggs Personality test
  • Boundaries- Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend: available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes. THE book on how to identify boundary problems and how to have health boundaries. If you are overly dependent upon others, a people pleaser, or overfunctioning, this is very helpful.
  • Do What You Are- Paul D. Tieger:  A great book to take the Myers Briggs personality you learned from the above site and figure out the best work or vocation for your type.
  • The Road Back to You- Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabile : A book on the Enneagram personality types that will help you discover who you are, your core issue, your healthy and unhealthy patterns.
  • Book Therapy-Bijal Shah: A list of books from different genres this bibliotherapist prescribes for different types of issues.
  • Everything Belongs- Richard Rohr:  A spiritual book for those who struggle with anxiety, trust, fear, and the big questions in life. Rohr draws from a number of faith practices to address our fears and lack of trust.
  • Anger management help guide

Group Facilitation Materials

Here are the links to the wonderful materials for training each of us to lead a group! Megan Wright did a fantastic job of writing and putting this all together.

Libera Listener Group Facilitation Manual (download and use a pdf editor to write in, or print it out): https://drive.google.com/file/d/108LHeiJPD9ZISXL-I8SQCv9hoFxGGVGA/view?usp=sharing

Videos:

  • Video 1
  • Video 2
  • Video 3
  • How to create a Genogram
    Use this video as a tutorial for people to view during groups to understand how to fill out the genogram. You can pause, rewind, or fast forward as often as is necessary. This was created with students in mind. For adults, simply have them add on a partner/spouse/ex, or children, if they have those relationships.

Audio files:

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3

Listener Training Manual

Mental Health

Anxiety / Stress

  1. 54321 quick grounding technique for anxiety by the University of Rochester
  2. The Aetheria App, a free mental illness management tool for iOS
  3. A variety of anxiety and depression apps, curated by Better Help
  4. Mental health apps reviewed by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  5. Neuroscientist-studied songs that reduce anxiety, explained by Inc. Or access the full playlist on Spotify here.
  6. 10 hour version of the song “Weightless” by Marconi Union for anxiety and stress, as well as sleep (scientifically proven to reduce anxiety by 67%)
  7. Tapping method for anxiety or panic attacks; a scientific way to calm your brain down.
  8. Badass Ways to End Anxiety & Stop Panic Attacks!, A counterintuitive approach to recover and regain control of your life. By Geert Verschaeve: available on Amazon
  9. Pixel Thoughts, an online meditation tool
  10. Stopping Stupid Thoughts, a guide by Mental Health America to help stop inaccurate or exaggerated thoughts can damage self-esteem, mood, and relationships with others.

Depression / Sadness

  1. Depression Center Toolkit by the University of Michigan
  2. The Antidepressant Skills Workbook, a free workbook with audio by Psych Health and Safety
  3. Antidepressant Skills Workbook for teens, a free workbook by Psych Health and Safety
  4. A variety of anxiety and depression apps, curated by Better Help
  5. Lost Connections, Johann Hari: available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes
  6. The Aetheria App, a free mental illness management tool for iOS
  7. Be Strong for teens
  8. Connect2Affect, tools to create connection and overcome social isolation for senior citizens
  9. Pixel Thoughts, an online meditation tool
  10. Psychology Today Find a Therapist tool
  11. Stopping Stupid Thoughts, a guide by Mental Health America to help stop inaccurate or exaggerated thoughts can damage self-esteem, mood, and relationships with others.
  12. Woebot, an AI-powered chat app for mental health

Disordered eating / body image

Self-harm

Shame

Suicide

Relationships

Isolation / loneliness

General relationship resources

  • Lost Connections, Johann Hari: available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes
  • Emotionally Healthy Relationships, Pete & Geri Scazzero. **this is a religious resource, however, its principles and tools are mainly psychological, and can be used within or apart from a religious framework. Some of the best relationship tools out there. Simple to learn and begin applying.
  • The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz. This is a great one for people who tend to take things personally and are people pleasers. Also, if someone tends to get too wrapped up in other people: audiobook, cds, book available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes
  • The Mastery of Love, Don Miguel Ruiz: audiobook, cds, book available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes. This is one of the most helpful books on learning not to be dependent upon people or things outside of ourselves for approval, satisfaction, and love. If someone struggles with unhealthy attachment, this is a great book. It can help you learn what love is and is not, and free you up to really love others from a healthy place. **Disclaimer: he says it’s not a religious book or approach, but he does cross over into some religious ideas. If it bothers you, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Just fit it into your own religious framework.
  • Boundaries- Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend. THE book on how to identify boundary problems and how to have health boundaries. If you are overly dependent upon others, a people pleaser, or overfunctioning, this is very helpful: available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes.

Sexual & Physical Abuse

Childhood sexual abuse / physical abuse

We are mandatory reporters, and ALL abuse and neglect of children, elders, or those unable to care for themselves must be reported immediately to the CPS hotline AND State Police:

Summary of mandatory reporting requirements for West Virginia

  1. Child abuse hotline: 1-800-422-4453
  2. SHIELD Task Force, a collaborator with Libera, whose mission is to end child abuse statewide.
  3. West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) and local branches/Child Advocacy Centers
  4. The Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: availalbe on Amazon, Audible, iTunes
  5. Cyber tip hotline for National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 800.THE.LOST (800.843.5678)
  6. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Sexual assault

  1. West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information & Services (WV FRIS) and local branches
  2. Note: any woman or teen who goes to a hospital after an assault should be aided by an advocate from the local rape crisis center. If they are not, ask for an advocate.
  3. The Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: availalbe on Amazon, Audible, iTunes
  4. Resources and References at RAINN, Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network
  5. Polaris Project: National Human Trafficking hotline
    Call: 1-888-373-7888 or text: “Be Free” to 233733

Domestic violence / abuse

Student Body Safety Videos

To schedule Body Safety Assemblies, please contact SHIELD Task Force at contact@shieldwv.com.

Trauma and Major Life Events

Cancer survivor resources:

  1. Guilt: A Lasting Side Effect for Cancer Survivors, by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  2. A teen/young adult program by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  3. How to Deal With Cancer Survivor's Guilt by Compass Oncology

Grief