“The tone and style is important here – the author has balanced a compassionate style that avoids being condescending, she emphasises the safety of the reader and gives clear practical advice. I was pleased to see that professional help was emphasised as an important option and that the book advised caution at points, this book does not suggest that it is a panacea or suitable for everyone who has experienced trauma. It is a long book and this might feel overwhelming for people but actually it doesn’t read like one because it is broken up into such clear sections.”
“I would recommend it to patients and I would also recommend it to GP colleagues as I can see it being a useful resource.”
Author of the book, Dr Claudia Herbert attended the awards ceremony in London earlier in the month alongside her publisher and other nominated authors for this year’s event.
Diverse Range Of Clinical Books In The Popular Medicine Category
The book was one of 11 Highly Commended books in the Popular Medicine category, which consists of clinical books aimed at the general public. The range of topics in the category was wide with books covering topics as diverse as breast cancer, the science of sleep and dreams, cerebral palsy, dysfunctional relationships and a photographic exploration of the microbial world all being shortlisted.
The overall Category Winner was, ‘Sorted: the active woman’s guide to health’ by Juliet McGrattan. The full shortlist of Highy Commended books is featured on the BMA’s webpage about the 2018 event.
How The BMA Book Awards Work
The British Medical Association medical book awards take place annually to recognise outstanding contributions to medical literature. Prizes are awarded in 20 categories, with an overall BMA Medical book of the year award taken from the category winners.
The BMA judging panel awards books for their applicability to audience, production quality and originality, with all entries being individually reviewed and appraised by doctors and educators who are interested in medical publishing.
The panel consists of the BMA Chairman of Council, the President, and the Librarian. They review the shortlisting panels’ recommendations and select the BMA Medical book of the year.
Who Are The BMA
The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors and medical students in the UK and is a leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population.
As they explain on their website, their vision for the association is to create a profession of valued doctors delivering the highest quality health services. They work to achieve this by providing a range of resources and support for members of the medical profession.
Overcoming Traumatic Stress – 2nd Edition
The Highly Commended designation awarded to the 2nd edition of Overcoming Traumatic Stress marks the release of the latest addition. Written by trauma specialist, Dr Claudia Herbert, the book forms a versatile self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. Helpful for those suffering from PTSD and trauma as well as their relatives, carers and medical professionals working with those affected by trauma, it contains:
- Clear Explanations of the symptoms of trauma
- Guidance on seeking specialist psychology help
- Step-by-step recovery programme
- Practical advice, tested exercises and useful summary check-points
- Effective, integrative trauma-healing techniques for body, mind and soul
The book takes those affected by specific traumatic events on a journey of recovery and healing, based on the latest psychological research and advances in trauma therapy. Further details and reviews can be found at our dedicated Overcoming Traumatic Stress – 2nd Edition webpage.