Fighting Back by Kayla Harrison, Cynthia Kaplan, Ph.D., & Blaise Aguirre, M.D.

What an Olympic Champion’s Story Can Teach Us About Recognizing and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse – and Helping Kids Recover

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison has always been a fighter–yet as a young teen, no one knew she was also a victim. Combining Kayla’s powerful story of sexual abuse by her judo coach with science-based information from two renowned therapists, this unique book provides critical guidance for parents and professionals. Learn how to spot the signs that a child or teen is being groomed, why kids stay silent about their trauma, how they struggle with self-blame and the brutal betrayal of a trusted authority figure, and exactly what kind of help they need to recover. No one is more qualified than Kayla and her expert coauthors to explain the impact of child sexual abuse–and what you can do to keep kids safe.

The High-Conflict Couple by Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy & Validation

The High-Conflict Couple adapts the powerful techniques of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) into skills you can use to tame out-of-control emotions that flare up in your relationship. Using mindfulness and distress tolerance techniques, you’ll learn how to deescalate angry situations before they have a chance to explode into destructive fights. Other approaches will help you disclose your fears, longings, and other vulnerabilities to your partner and validate his or her experiences in return. You’ll discover ways to manage problems with negotiation, not conflict, and to find true acceptance and closeness with the person you love the most.

Managing Fear & Grief with Dr. Alan Fruzzetfti

In this hour-long presentation, Dr. Fruzzetti explains how to manage painful emotions such as fear and grief psychologically, and how to use social connection to soothe our emotions and build good relationships.

Chronic Stress and Invalidating Nature of Racism: A Webinar with Dr. Armida Fruzzetti and Dr. Aditi Vijay

In this hour-long presentation, Drs. Fruzzetti & Vijay explain the specific ways that racism is one of the most damaging and pervasive kinds of stress and social invalidation, and its impact on Black, Indigenous and other People of Color. They conclude with practical suggestions for things to do to reduce this stress, burden and invalidating social responses.


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Ruork, A. K., McLean, C. L., & Fruzzetti, A. E. (in press). It happened matters more than what happened: Associations between intimate partner violence abuse type, emotion regulation, and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Violence Against Women.

Fruzzetti, A. E., McLean, C. L., Ruork, A, et al. (2021). Adapted dialectical behavior therapy skills group for intimate partner violence:  Treatment overview, replication and case example.  In review. 

Lee, J. & Fruzzetti, A. E. (2017). Evaluating a brief group program for women victims of intimate partner abuse. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment, 6, 1-7. DOI: 10.4172/2324-8947.1000174

Fiorillo, D. R. & Fruzzetti, A. E. (2015). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for trauma survivors. In V. M. Follette, J. Briere, D. Rozelle, J.W. Hopper, & D. I. Rome (Eds.), Mindfulness-oriented interventions for trauma: Integrating contemplative practices (pp. 75-90). New York: Guilford Press.

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Levensky, E., & Fruzzetti, A. E. (2003).  Partner violence:  Assessment, prediction, and intervention.  In W. T. O’Donohue, & E. Levensky (Eds.), Handbook of Forensic Psychology: Resources for mental health and legal professionals (pp. 713-741).  San Diego, CA:  Academic Press.