Sep 092014

I have created this website to make the information in my prior books available to all.  I am a  health educator with over 30 years experience on trauma related issues. I am the author of TRAUMA AND SURVIVAL: A SELF HELP LEARNING GUIDE (directed towards military veterans) , and HOW TO SURVIVE TRAUMA (directed towards the entire spectrum of overwhelming experiences). Both these books are available on this website to download and read free of charge.

I founded and served 15 years as director of Olympia Institute, a nonprofit health organization focused on education about traumatic experiences and their consequences.

My experience—seeking options for more ease of living for trauma survivors—includes extensive work with combat veterans, survivors of incest, rape, child abuse and other domestic violence, urban crime, chemical and radiological poisoning, death of loved ones, life threatening illnesses, and natural and human-caused disasters. I have lectured extensively on what is generally labeled Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) throughout the  United States, served as a wilderness group leader for individuals with PTSD, and educated many people through ten-week PTSD self-help programs for combat veterans, incest survivors, and survivors of child abuse. I have also led international seminars on my approach to post traumatic stress problems of living, such as a briefing on PTSD in combat veterans to military officers at the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, and at the Red Cross International Center for Survivors of Torture in War, Stockholm, Sweden.

I suggest that individuals who are just beginning to learn about PTSD use the link to the PTSD checklist, a 17 item symptom self evaluation produced by the National Center for PTSD of the Dept of Veterans Affairs (available at  ).  I have also included a link to the American Psychiatric Association’s updated definition of what PTSD is and what symptoms let you know it is present  (available at )   These are the official, mainstream ideas about what constitutes PTSD, and a brief, honest, self-appraisal can help you determine if you or a loved one is experiencing PTSD.

There are now many treatment philosophies, methods and options for addressing PTSD, and no one method or philosophy seems to be universally appealing to all. I am available to do public speaking on PTSD. If you check out my books posted online here and feel this educational approach is of benefit to your situation, a consultation or speaking engagement can be arranged via email to
NOTE: The information offered on is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to be misconstrued as psychological treatment and/or diagnosis.

Ben Colodzin, PH.D. does not provide psychotherapy in his consulting practice, which is for health educational purposes as described herein.

Sep 092014

traumabook2A Program for War Veterans, & Survivors of Rape, Assault, Abuse or Environmental Disasters

This sane and practical manual offers a wide variety of methods for dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder as well easy-to-understand explanations for why post-traumatic symptoms occur.  Post-traumatic Stress Disorder may afflict not just war veterans but anyone who has suffered a severe physical or emotional assault.

The book is for individuals suffering from Post-traumatic Stress, their friends, families, and therapists. It offers techniques to help overcome its often paralyzing effects: from anxiety, depression, and rage to flashbacks, insomnia, nightmares, and substance abuse.

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Trauma and Survival, A Self Help Learning Guide, by Ben Colodzin, Ph.D.

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Sep 082014

Download a PDF of Trauma and Survival

Praise for the books Trauma and Survival and How to Survive Trauma:

…Colodzin outlines a practical program for people undergoing post traumatic stress reactions. He knows his topic well and anyone who has lived through the experiences he describes will find something of value.
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Director of Consciousness Studies, Saybrook Institutetrauma-and-survival

Trauma affects all aspects of our being: physical, emotional, intellectual and spritual. In How to Survive Trauma Dr. Colodzin has drawn on modern and ancient knowledge about the delicate art of healing the self after catastrophic hurt.
Jean Cavendish, M.D.
Director, Institute for Dissociative Disorders

Ben Colodzin’s  book, How to Survive Trauma, was written primarily for people who have survived extreme states of disruption in their lives. As I learned more from Ben about this work I came to understand that his book carries a message for a wider audience as well. At the heart of his work on humanistic conflict resolution are insights about “respect” and “real work” that serve to guide and inspire all people seeking healing and a sense of connection to purpose.
Barbara McNeill, Ph.D.
Institute of Noetic Sciences