Transforming Tragedy draws from Dr. Hickling's own experience with a near death trauma and how he survived, through all the trials and tribulations that experience involved. It shares how being a psychologist with over 25 years experience, gave him a unique perspective on how to deal with the trauma. Transforming Tragedy further shares excerpted experiences of real patients to illustrate how transformation can occur. It liberally shares anecdotes found in literature as well as eastern and western philosophy to connect in teachable and meaningful ways. Last, it succinctly summarizes in readable text, the very latest and best of what we know about treating psychological trauma, how and why some people are resilient to trauma, and for some how they go on to show positive growth from these traumatic and painful experiences. This book can take the reader from a personal tragedy to a place where they can have hope and move in a positive direction. It is a self-help book, but not in the traditional way. More like a wise friend and teacher is sharing something very personal and powerful to touch wherever they are in their own pain.
About the Author
Edward J. Hickling, PsyD is an internationally known psychologist, author and lecturer. He has specialized in the area of post trauma disorders and psychological treatments. He received his Doctor of Psychology degree from the University of Denver in clinical psychology. He was Director of Training and consultation liaison psychologist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany, New York until he left to enter full time private practice. He has held academic positions at the Sage Colleges in Troy, NY, the University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany Medical College, and most recently at the University of South Florida. Dr. Hickling is a master therapist, having practiced for over 30 years. He has given workshops at leading national and international conferences, as well as teaching students, interns, fellows and other professionals in the varied positions he has held. Most of his career was spent in Albany, NY where he maintained a thriving practice, taught at local universities, and conducted research with his good friend, colleague, and distinguished professor emeritus in psychology at the University at Albany, Dr. Edward Blanchard. He held a position as a research psychologist at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, Florida, until his recent move to join the Center for Sexual Trauma Services at the Bay Pines, VA. He has maintained a consultation and private practice in both New York and Florida. He continues to be active in cutting edge research, teaching and the provision of psychological services, including telemental health.