The first section called Reclaiming Your Childhood provides all the information needed to determine if and how you were abused, and what kinds of abuse you suffered. The next section focuses on the long-term effects of the abuse on adult living such as intimate relationships, work, and parenting. The third section offers a three stage, 21 step program that integrates practical self-help strategies with the knowledge and insight of professional help. The Appendices include all the ASCA meeting materials needed to start your own community self-help group.
J. Patrick Gannon, Ph.D. is a clinical and performance psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and San Rafael, California. He has worked with children and adults who have been abused over the last thirty five years. He lectures widely on a range of mental health issues. Dr. Gannon graduated with honors from Boston College with a B.A. in psychology and philosophy and received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley. In 1993, he became the Clinical Director of the Norma J. Morris Center for Healing From Child Abuse in San Francisco, CA where he was one of the founders of the ASCA Self-Help program. Soul Survivors became the theoretical basis for the ASCA program which drew on the 21 steps of recovery outlined in the book.
Dr. Gannon is married and lives in San Rafael, California with his wife Dr. Michelle Gannon, two sons and a dog and cat. In addition to his work with adult survivors, he has presented a secular, skill-based workshop called Marriage Prep 101 with his wife for the last fourteen years in San Francisco (MarriagePrep101.com) and is a specialist in performance anxiety and peak performance training with musicians, singers, athletes, actors, dancers, job applicants and public speakers. For more information about his performance work, visit http://www.PeakPerformance101.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.”