The ACoA Trauma Syndrome: The Impact of Childhood Pain on Adult Relationships

Alan Levitt, former Associate Director of the White House Drug Policy Office and Director of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign: “Dayton’s new book should be required reading for policy and program makers at all levels of government.”

Joey Pantoliano, Actor and New York Times Bestselling Author of Asylum: Hollywood Tales of My Great Depression: “Tian Dayton’s writings have brought me closer to the man my dogs think I am! Reading Tian personally helped me find my smile again.”

Robert Anda, MD, ACE Study Concept: “This book is laced with references to science, but more importantly to her own personal experience and the experiences of her clients who are on the journey of recovery, healing, and breaking the intergenerational cycles of addiction.”

Jerry Moe, MA, National Director of Children’s Programs, Betty Ford Center: “Dr. Tian Dayton hits a home run . . . [she] brilliantly provides a road map to healing, recovery, and resilience. This is a must read.”

Patrick J. Carnes, PhD, author of the national bestseller Out of the Shadows: “Integrates scientific research with practical recovery knowledge, offering the reader a complete picture.”

Deerfield Beach, FL, October 3, 2012 – Adult children of addicts and children from dysfunctional families often carry silent, hidden wounds from the trauma of growing up with parental addiction, abuse, or neglect. When they remain buried and unattended, these wounds can reemerge and get played out in adult, intimate partnerships and parenting, re-creating relationship dynamics that mirror early pain.

In this authoritative guide, bestselling author and renowned psychologist Dr. Tian Dayton explains the science behind how trauma lives in the body/mind and shapes our neurobiology. The ACoA Trauma Syndrome: The Impact of Childhood Pain on Adult Relationships (HCI — $16.95) is for anyone who has lived with dysfunction and trauma related to addiction, abuse, neglect, physical or mental illness, military service, or cultural/ethnic or religious prejudice. It is about facing, processing, and healing childhood pain, marshaling strength and resilience, and taking charge of your own emotional life.

Available at fine bookstores, online outlets or directly from the publisher:
ISBN: 978-0-7573-1644-9

Tian Dayton, MA, PhD, TEP, has a Masters in educational psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology and is a board-certified trainer in psychodrama. She is also a licensed Creative Arts Therapist and a certified Montessori teacher. Dr. Dayton is the director of the New York Psychodrama Training Institute where she runs training groups in psychodrama, sociometry, and experiential group therapy. She created a model for treating trauma called Relationship Trauma Repair, which is currently in use at treatment centers across the United States. She was also on the faculty at NYU for eight years teaching psychodrama.

Dr. Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, winner of their Scholar’s Award, editor in chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy, and sits on the professional standards committee for ASGPP. She has been awarded the Mona Mansell Award and the Ackerman/Black Award for contributions to the field of addiction.

She has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, The Montel Williams Show, The Ricki Lake Show, The John Walsh Show, and Geraldo. Dr. Dayton is the author of fifteen books including Emotional Sobriety, Trauma and Addiction, Heartwounds, The Living Stage, and Forgiving and Moving On. She has also written The Process, an award-winning docudrama that uses psychodrama to tell stories of addicts and ACOAs and Psychodrama and Trauma Resolution, a comprehensive psychodrama training tape illustrating the effect of unresolved trauma on the personality and its resolution through psychodrama and sociometry. For more information, please visit



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