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Wellness Guide — Recovery From Trauma

A Guide to the UConn Library Wellness and Self-Care Collection

What is Trauma?

According to the APA, trauma is " an emotional response to a terrible event like a car accident or a natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. "

This page offers a list of library books and resources about trauma.  Resources include popular memoirs, psychology workbooks, and self-help books. Remember that everyone recovers from trauma differently, and healing is not a linear process. Please consult SHaW staff for more resources and help.

On Campus Resource

In-Power: Support Group for Victim-Survivors

In-Power is a weekly student-led support group dedicated to building a gender-inclusive community that welcomes victim-survivors of sexual assault, stalking, and/or intimate partner violence at any point in their healing process. Through a focus on empowerment, autonomy, and resilience, the group aims to help participants claim agency over their own stories and experiences, as well as the direction of the group. We’ll be accomplishing this with a variety of discussion topics and self-care methods. 

In-Power is open to any UConn student regardless of gender identity. We are run out of the Women’s Center, but in no way does this mean that you must identify as a woman in order to be in the space. This semester In-Power will be held in-person on Tuesdays from 5PM-7PM EST in SU 417.

More Info:

Literature resources on trauma


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Digital Library Books

Physical Library Books

Physical library books may be paged for retrieval at the service desk of your choosing.  Go to the library record and click on "Request It." You can then choose the campus where you would like to pick up the book when ready.  You will receive an email once the book is ready for pick-up.


Disclaimer: This content guide is meant to be solely informational in nature.  It is not meant to provide professional care or recommendations.  It includes general considerations, but readers should contact their medical provider for individualized advice, treatment, and recommendations.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your local hospital. If you are in crisis, please call 860-486-4705 to be directed to the UConn on-call therapist. During winter breaks, crisis support is available only during business hours.