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The following books outline the beliefs and approaches that are implemented in Jasper Mountain’s programs.  All nine books are authored by one of Jasper Mountain’s founders and the current Executive Director—Dave Ziegler.

Mental Health Therapy for Children: What Works & Why  (2018) Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.

It is difficult to know how to best help troubled children. It will be less difficult after reading this book. 274 pages, $24.95 softcover, $5.99 e-book (See more)

Childhood Stories of Healing & Courage  (2017) Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.

This is the fourth volume in the Success Series, a series of books on important topical areas working with challenging children. 296 pages, $24.95 softcover, $5.99 e-book (See more)

Self-Harm: When Abuse Becomes an Inside Job  (2016) Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.

This is the third volume in the Success Series, a series of books on important topical areas working with challenging children. 168 pages, $9.99 softcover, $4.99 e-book (See more)

Sexual Issues with Children: Promoting Healthy Behavior Rather than Unhealthy Behavior  (2015) Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.

This is the second volume in the Success Series, a series of books on important topical areas working with challenging children. 190 pages, $9.99 softcover, $4.99 e-book (See more)

Attachment: The Social Foundation of a Successful Life  (2014) Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.

This is the first volume in the Success Series, a series of books on important topical areas working with challenging children. 164 pages, $9.99 softcover, $4.99 e-book (See more)

Neurological Reparative Therapy, A Roadmap to Healing, Resiliency and Well-Being  (2011) Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.

Over the last two decades research has shown that all effective psychological interventions must focus on the brain. This book provides a new model of treatment that integrates critically important components of brain functioning. This new integrated model is first brain focused (neurological) and stresses the healing (reparative) of adverse impacts that have prevented the brain from reaching its potential, and outlines a roadmap of an active process (therapy) in promoting healing, resiliency and overall well-being. The NRT model relies heavily on the research and professional literature of: brain development, trauma, attachment, and resiliency. It also stresses the importance of the relationship between the healer and client and encourages the healer to use a relationship approach in following a roadmap to an improved life. The NRT roadmap provides the best route to healthy brain development, attachment, and resiliency but relies on the helper to use his or her own skills, experience and techniques to take the journey. This approach was developed at Jasper Mountain, a program in the mountains of Oregon considered by many to be one of the most effective treatment centers for young children. The book closes with the Jasper Mountain story including how it started and evolved over the last 30 years to become what it is today. This book was written to answer the frequently asked question, “What happens at Jasper Mountain that can be replicated elsewhere?” 273 pages, $24.95 (See more)

Beyond Healing, The Path to Personal Contentment After Trauma  (2008) Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.

This book takes a close, critical look at many of our beliefs about human limitations and offers a message of hope for those individuals who have paid such a high price for past abuse and trauma.  Drawing on case studies, it provides a clear and realistic guide to reclaiming one’s life after traumatizing experiences.  The hope offered is based upon science and research and the writing style is accessible and down-to-earth.  This book can be an invaluable guide to anyone who has personally experienced trauma or is attempting to help someone else who has.  256 pages, $24.95 (See more)

Achieving Success with Impossible Children, How to Win the Battle of Wills  (2005) Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.

Written for those who work with children who are the most troubled and challenging and who are exceptions to all the rules.  It offers practical applications and hands-on suggestions to helping children become healthy successful individuals.  Clearly written and infused with humor, Achieving Success with Impossible Children discusses working with difficult children in multiple settings such as during adoption, in school, with parents, and in residential care.  It provides advanced intervention ideas including positive discipline and teaching responsibility.  The message of the book is that success with very challenging children is not only possible but realistically achievable.  354 pages, $24.95 (See more)

Traumatic Experience and the Brain, A Handbook for Understanding and Treating Those Traumatized as Children (2011) Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.

This volume details the effects of childhood trauma on the developing brain and describes how early events in life rewire the person’s perceptions of self, others and the world.  It incorporates a decade of research on the human brain and answers the question, “So what?”  Now that we know a great deal more about how the brain works and how it is affected by trauma, what should we do differently to help traumatized individuals.  Case examples help explain in understandable terms how we must work with the human brain and not work against it. The second edition has been revised, updated with recent research and has been expanded to 255 pages, $24.95 (See more)

Raising Children Who Refuse To Be Raised, Parenting Skills and Therapy Interventions for the Most Difficult Children  (2000) Dave Ziegler, Ph.D.

This book takes a disarmingly frank approach to the most difficult behaviors and the most challenging children.  It not only explains the causes of the most serious problems parents face, but it goes further to provide interventions that have been tried and found successful.  Very serious problems such as aggressive, violent, explosive, hyperactive and belligerent behaviors are addressed in a practical and understandable way.  Sections of the book are written directly to parents and other sections to professionals with a suggestion that everyone read both so adults are working closely together to help these children. 310 pages, $24.95 (See more)


Additional publications available through Jasper Mountain:

The Large Rock and the Little Yew  (2010) Gregory M. Ahlijian

An uplifting short story about courage, perseverance, self-respect and hope, The Large Rock and the Little Yew offers young readers an inspiring story of a small, seemingly insignificant  seedling’s triumph against overwhelming conditions.  Through this story of a tiny seed, we are shown the unshakable core strength and determination to thrive that lies at our core—and that adversity can be the catalyst for awakening our most inspiring gifts.  Children and adults alike will learn timeless life lessons from the little yew tree’s determined effort and spirit.  All profits from the sale of The Large Rock and the Little Yew will go to Jasper Mountain. For additional information, please visit www.littleyewtree.com. 40 pages, illustrated, hardbound, 8 1/2 x 11", $20.00.


Keys of Change, Painting a bright future with art therapy  (2008) Gail Keller, LCSW, & Katie Kunches, MA

Keys of Change is an art therapy workbook with eight essential themes for recovery from traumatic experiences. This workbook details exercises of therapy with art, which include movement and breathing exercises for relaxation and healing. Keys of Change is appropriate for individual or group therapy. Each project can be modified or adjusted to the specific theme seated within each individual or group. Spanish translation is available; please specify when ordering. 93 pages, illustrated, spiral bound, 8 1/2 x 11", $20.00.

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