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Tonight's special guest is Dr Patrick Gannon, a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He has worked extensively with high risk children and adults who have been abused over the last thirty five years and lectures widely on a range of mental health issues. Dr Gannon says, "When I started working with child and adult survivors, I identified with many of their feelings although never to the extent that I felt traumatized by what I experienced in childhood. In a sense, I experienced just enough of the emotional abuse to want to do something about it." Based on his experiences in child abuse prevention, he wrote the book "Soul Survivors: A New Beginning For Adults Abused As Children" in 1989. In 1993, he became the Clinical Director of the Norma J. Morris Center for Healing From Child Abuse in San Francisco, where he was one of the founders of the Adult Survivors of Child Abuse self-help program (www.ASCAsupport.org). The 21 steps of recovery outlined in "Soul Survivors" provided the theoretical basis for the ASCA program of recovery. Dr Gannon co-authored the ASCA basic manual and guidebook, "Survivor to Thriver," which describes process of recommended tasks and issues that most adult survivors face during their recovery from child abuse. The second edition of "Soul Survivors" was published as an ebook only two months ago. The ebook contains significant revisions, additions, updated research as well as integrates the ASCA program into the three stage, 21 step program. The Morris Center is sharing in the profits from "Soul Survivors" set at a very low ebook price of $5.99 (Smashwords.com and Amazon.com) to make it affordable for survivors around the world.
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