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Table of Contents
1.  Greetings from Neil
2.  Vicki's Book of the Month
4.  News and Announcements
5.  Hot Off The Press!
6.  Karl's review of F*ck Feelings & Neil's review of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
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It is the final month of the year.  Hello there.  Typing to you is one of my favourite things.  The newsletter's creation is quite a solitary act, until it gets read, so I'm not sure why I like it so much.  If I just typed all this and then never sent it would I still enjoy it?  Perhaps all it takes to sustain my happiness is the suggestion that someone might read what I bang out with my paws?  This is probably it.  I may need to aim higher.  Perhaps a new year's resolution:  Neil will aim higher.  Wait, is that greedy?  If I decide that I will not settle for the little things that make me happy will I trade a valuable chunk of humility for selfishness and ambition?  Perhaps, given my anticipation of your eyes touching down on my words, the whole thing is already a vain act.  With no humility to exchange for anything I might be doomed to drown in my own reflection.  My wife is a certified scuba diver.  I believe she will come and get me if I fall in.  I was not able to join her in her training as I have herculean nasal troubles.  One needs a clear nose if they are to don a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.  In any case sorry for being so self involved.  I'm all by myself you see.  I just imagined myself scrawling these sentences in my study, at the top of a lighthouse, in a storm, with Celtic music playing as a soundtrack.  Speaking of track; I am off of mine.  
          So it is holiday time.  What is an overwhelming time for most retailers is a pleasant and steady chunk of year for us at Caversham.  We have our months of extreme activity but none of them are December.  The pace reduces to a pleasant and friendly flow after December 12th.  We get to visit our pals at the Sickkids Centre for Community Mental Health on the 11th and 12th.  Ross Greene!  See below for deets.  We are able to catch our breath, do a little vacuuming, and, organize a whole lot of this and that.  We love seeing your gorgeous faces during the holiday weeks so please do stop in.  There are days you should not come by, though, as we won't be here.  They are also listed below.  Without you guys the store's business plan would be flawed.  Have a safe and cozy month if you please.  Vivaldi is on at the moment.  Take it easy, but take it.

Vicki's Book of the Month
I recently attended the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TICP) conference featuring Lewis Aron and Galit Atlas: “Love & Hate in Contemporary Clinical Practice”.  It was just by happenstance that I attended because originally I had signed up for Mark Solms: “The Conscious Id: An Introduction to Neuropsychoanalysis” last February but fell ill and couldn’t attend. This is relevant because of two things: 1. Even though this wasn’t my first choice, it was my first clinical conference as a registered psychotherapist (not a bookseller!) 2. This conference was one of the best conferences I have ever attended! (And as a bookseller at Caversham since 1999, I have had the great fortune to have slipped into many, many conferences, as a fly on the wall.)
Galit and Lew (as they call him) are on to something big here. It is not just that I have championed Ferenczi in my early years in my training at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, and this presentation and Dramatic Dialogue (their new book) is a nod to him, but it is how Galit and Lew present their ideas.  Articulate: check. Filled with feeling: check. Meaningful: check. Relevant: check. Innovative: check. Practical: check.
Although, I have only cracked the cover, all of their lovely attributes are also alive on the page!  All of my ‘self-states’ seem to agree that this book will be integral to mine and my clients’ work.
News and Announcements
1.  Holiday Hours:

Caversham will be closed on December 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st, as well as January 1st.  Otherwise it will be business as usual.

2. December Events:
CBT for Insomnia with Colleen Carney - December 7th & 8th

Understanding and Helping Students with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Challenges with Ross Greene @ CCMH - December 11th & 12th

3. Caversham's glorious presentation:

We have new titles all the time.  There are two islands to your left as you walk into the store.  Both of those islands have so many new and exciting books on display.  Please do peek at the islands.

Hot Off The Press!
Lots of new arrivals this month! Here is just a sample but please click here to view a (long) list of highlights.
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Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism
Stanley Rosenberg

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve is a practical guide to understanding the cranial nerves as the key to our psychological and physical wellbeing. Drawing from the polyvagal theory of Stephen Porges--one of the biggest new developments in human neurobiology--Rosenberg explains in easy-to-understand terms how the vagus nerve, in particular, has a strong role in determining our psychological and emotional state, especially when it comes to how we relate and react to other people. By understanding the physiology of the autonomic nervous system and practicing simple exercises to restore proper vagal functioning, we can learn how to improve our emotional state within minutes.
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The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven, Step-by-Step Techniques for Overcoming Your Fear, Third Edition
Martin Antony and Richard Swinson
This fully revised and updated third edition incorporates breakthrough new research and techniques for overcoming social phobia, including a new chapter on mindfulness-based treatments, updated information on medications, and an overview of treatment-enhancing technological advances. As you complete the activities in this workbook, you'll learn to find your strengths and weaknesses using self-evaluation, explore and examine your fears, create a personalized plan for change, and put your planinto action through gentle and gradual exposure to the very social situations that cause you to feel uneasy. After completing this program, you'll be well-equipped to make connections with the people around you. Soon, you'll be on your way to enjoying all the benefits of being actively involved in the social world.
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The Joys of Private Practice: Thriving in the Business of Psychotherapy, Fourth Ed.
Iris Jackson

For over 20 years The Joys of Private Practice has provided new and experienced psychologists the tools they need to thrive when starting and running an independent psychology practice. This significantly updated and expanded edition continues to offer sound practical advice on the details of starting a business, while exploring the unique opportunities psychologists face in rapidly changing institutional, cultural, and technological environments.
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The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships
Bonnie Badenoch

In this book, Bonnie Badenoch, a gifted translator of neuroscientific concepts into human terms, offers readers brain- and body-based insights into how we can form deep relational encounters with our clients and our selves and how relational neuroscience can teach us about the astonishing ways we are interwoven with one another. How we walk about in our daily lives will touch everyone, often below the level of conscious awareness. The first part of The Heart of Trauma provides readers with an extended understanding of the ways in which our physical bodies are implicated in our conscious and non-conscious experience. Badenoch then delves even deeper into the clinical implications of moving through the world. She presents a strong, scientifically grounded case for doing the work of opening to hemispheric balance and relational deepening. 
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Supporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia: Practical Strategies for Daily Living
Sean Kidd, Dawn Velligan and Natalie Maples

Supporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia is a practical guide for families and other caregivers. The support strategies in the manual can help people with the illness to really engage in life—to be able to work, study, enjoy their leisure time and have meaningful relationships.
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The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self
Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont

There is good and increasing evidence that cultivating compassion for one's self and others can have a profound impact on our physiological, psychological and social processes. In contrast, concerns with inferiority, shame and self-criticism can have very negative impacts on these processes and are associated with poorer physical and mental health. The Compassionate Mind Workbook is for anyone who is interested in how compassion - in the form of ideas and practices derived from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and other approaches - may help us to engage with, understand and ultimately, try to alleviate suffering.
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The Secret to Clara's Calm
Tamara Levitt

Clara was a happy and popular girl. But when she lost her temper one too many times, she lost her friends with it. Clara was left all alone for summer vacation, until she received an unexpected visit from the coolest customer around: Brodhi the Bird. Over butter tarts, Brodhi teaches Clara to calm her temper through the art of meditation. Come September, Clara’s ready to go back to school and win back her friends—but will her newfound sense of calm survive the first day?
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Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual: Trauma-Informed Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, PTSD & Substance Abuse
Frank Anderson, Martha Sweezy, and Richard Schwartz

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) provides a revolutionary treatment plan for PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and more. Using a non-pathologizing, accelerated approach, rooted in neuroscience, IFS applies inner resources and self-compassion for healing emotional wounding at its core. This new manual offers straight-forward explanations and illustrates a wide variety of applications. Easy to read and highly practical.

Also, see Richard Schwartz's new book Many Minds, One Self: Evidence for a Radical Shift in Paradigm.
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The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are
Karen Bluth, Foreword by Kristin Neff

Written by psychologist Karen Bluth and based on practices adapted from Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer's Mindful Self-Compassion program, this workbook offers fun and tactile exercises grounded in mindfulness and self-compassion to help you cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of day-to-day life. You'll learn how to be present with difficult emotions, and respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care. By practicing these activities and meditations, you'll learn specific tools to help you navigate the emotional ups and downs of the teen years with greater ease.
Book Reviews

F*ck Feelings: One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems
by Michael I. Bennett and Sarah Bennett

Here’s another of the books I’m always seeing you folks pick up at conferences. There’s been a bunch of recent publications with f*ck in the title. Maybe we’ve matured enough as a society that we can swear a little and not take it so seriously. This book definitely posits that humour and wit are essential for life’s impossible problems. In fact, the authors – a psychiatrist and his daughter - write, the reason we have so many issues with relationships, self esteem, drugs, family, work, etc. is because those types of problems actually are impossible, or at least out of our control to fix. What is better is to work on how to manage our reactions and temper our expectations. It is not that we should give up the struggle, but rather that we should stop beating ourselves up if we can’t wave our magic wands and take away complicated grief, or the effects of childhood trauma. This book cleverly and tenderly weaves strategies of CBT, DBT, positive psychology, self compassion as well as some tough love (think Judge Judy) to come up with realistic solutions to some of life’s toughest and intractable eff-ups. What’s better, this book is funny! At the very least, you will laugh at how hard you’ve been trying to fix the unfixable. I think this book is great!

I was having Thanksgiving dinner at my friend's house when she showed me a book that her daughter loved very much.  The book was Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.  This book had me at hello.  A super duper book with a page of text (accompanied by a second page of the rebel's likeness) allotted to each rebel girl that the book features.  Imagine my glee when I found out there was a 2nd volume coming out!  If you cannot imagine then I can tell you that it was huge glee.  The latest volume features another hundred bedtime stories that tell about Agatha Christie, Beyoncé, Clara Schumann, and 97 more.  I even found out about Aisholpan Nurgaiv.  Have you not heard of her?  You better buy the book.  She is the best. Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli nailed it!

This is Vivian's cat, Shiloh, made to look like a bit of a Christmas tree.
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