Expert Seeks Funding to Publish Book on PTSD and Psychological Trauma

With over 25 years of experience as a mental health professional specializing in trauma and PTSD recovery, licensed professional mental health counselor Susan Pollard decided to pass what she’d learned in the field onto the next generation. Pollard shared that early in her career, clients who had suffered severe trauma started coming to her for sessions.  Some of them were so negatively affected that they weren’t able to access their memories or talk about their experiences without going into a worse state than before.  Wanting to provide as much assistance to her clients as possible, she began delving into different modalities in complimentary, aka alternative medicine, for answers, becoming an early adopter of CAM therapies.

From Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to Reiki, EMDR to Bach Flower Remedies, Pollard and others like her have found ways to help their clients in the best and quickest ways possible. She found that long-term therapy wasn’t for everyone. Some people lacked the resources to spend years in therapy and their insurance would only cover eight to ten visits. First working for agencies and later in her private practice, Susan’s resourcefulness led her down new paths (new at the time), exploring little-traversed terrain in her efforts to provide the best therapies for her clients.

She found that conventional talk therapy wasn’t making a dent in improving their states of mind or ability to function in their daily lives. Sometimes, talking about their experiences seemed to reactivate the trauma. She knew she had to find another way to help them recover, and started exploring the mind-body connection and holistic approaches to healing mind-body and spirit over 25 years ago and began incorporating what she learned into her sessions whenever possible. There weren’t many conventionally trained psychologists or therapists studying or researching the field at that time.  The workshops and trainings weren’t offered for continuing education at that time, as they are today.

Over time she’s developed a unique understanding of how to work with people who’ve suffered from trauma and PTSD that she’d like to pass on so others don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel.

As a result, like many professionals, Susan is seeking funding to get her manuscript published without depleting all her personal resources. “I’d like to pass my experience on to therapists, psychologists, counselors, holistic practitioners and individuals struggling to help themselves through trauma, PTSD and Complex PTSD,” she said in a recent interview. The working title for her book is “Unlocking the Puzzle of PTSD, A Holistic Guide to Restoring Inner Peace.”

The topic is so timely, she doesn’t want to risk waiting to find a traditional publisher who could take years to get the book to press. Susan isn’t the only one who feels this way. More and more professionals are turning to self-publishing or collaborative publishing to get their message out.

Crowdfunding is a new idea to many people. But, for entrepreneurs and artists, it is a tried and true solution.

Crowdfunding is when many people, just like you see a worthy cause and donate. Nonprofits, businesses, and people who need help or want to help someone in need use crowdfunding to raise money.
You can create a free campaign through YouHelp, and raise funds from family, friends, colleagues, coworkers, clients or the general public.

According to the Nonfiction Authors Association, contributions range from small ($20) to larger contributions of $1,000 or more. With crowdfunding, contributors aren’t just making a donation – they generally expect to receive something in return. “The strategy here is to pre-sell copies of your book before it is published, as well as offer other items or services based on different investment levels. For example, you could offer a t-shirt based on the theme of your book or consulting time with you.”

They recommend that would-be authors study completed campaigns to see how the most successful ones were designed. Most funds seem to come from people the author knows directly, so don’t be shy about asking or posting about it across social media.

Getting Sponsors
Enlist a corporate or nonprofit organizational sponsor to back your book. For instance, for a book like Pollard’s some organizations that might be interested in sponsoring her work are the VA or domestic violence advocacy groups. Others could be the member organizations for Energy Psychology or individual practitioners of EFT, EMDR or other CAM therapies and modalities.

Some sponsors will be happy with an acknowledgment, but others might want to see their name on the book, so be sure if that’s something you’re comfortable with before accepting their assistance. Some might want some free copies to give out as gifts to their members, which could be a great win-win all around.

Enlist the Assistance of Nonprofits
Sometimes a nonprofit might help you promote your project. Be open to whatever assistance they might be willing to give. Get creative and don’t be afraid to ask. They might even have a budget for projects such as yours and be willing to fund it, if it closely aligns with their mission. For Pollard’s book, it would be worth a scan of and under the mental health category, as they add new grants daily.

Invest in Yourself
When the time comes to publish, don’t cut corners. Calculate in costs such as getting your book professionally edited and typeset and having a professional cover design. Don’t despair if you don’t get all the funding you’re looking for in advance of publication. Treat your project in a professional manner, it’s not just a hobby or a pipe-dream. Consult your accountant as to which expenses can be deducted from your taxes at the end of the year, so you may have some extra funds to reinvest into a cause you believe in.

Now more than ever, opportunities abound, so good luck pursuing your dream and making it a reality.
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Do the Math: Crowdfunding Supplies Teachers with Platform To Raise Money For Classrooms

For school teachers like Malerie Schreiner who spent nearly $800 of her own money on supplies for her classroom last year, the writing on the wall is in plain English.

School budgets are even tighter this year.

Schreiner, a 25-year-old English teacher in the Cincinnati Public Schools, has done the math. That’s why she turned to crowdfunding, an online fundraising tool that is becoming increasingly popular in the teaching community., a free crowdfunding website, offers teachers a platform to raise money for their classrooms without having to dip deeper into their own pockets. Teachers like Ryan Fromoltz post classroom requests and concerned donors from the community can select those projects that they wish to support.

In past school years, Fromoltz has put out around $700 of his own money for basic supplies. He still does. But now, in addition to paper and pens, he needs batteries and microphones for his students to participate in a broadcasting class at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, cuts in school budgets have forced many teachers to decide whether they want to put their own financial interests ahead their classrooms. The choice can be costly. In Ohio, teachers spend an average of $600 of their own money each year on school supplies, according to the state auditor’s office. No wonder, more than 900 initiatives specific to classroom and teacher needs in Ohio, alone, have been posted on crowdfunding websites entering the new school year.

Gabriel Soliz, a teacher in the Columbus City Schools, used social media to promote his crowdfunding initiative. Because most of the school districts in Ohio do not have policies that cover crowdfunding, he kept a careful log of where the $1,800 he raised for much-needed physical education equipment was appropriated.

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 94 percent of teachers spend their own money on school supplies. Math teacher Torri Martin, who figures she extends about $500 on-average of her own money each year, doesn’t want to add up how much she has personally spent to integrate technology into her classroom at the J. Graham Brown School in Louisville.

The eighth-grade teacher does know there is power in small numbers. Donations of as little as two dollars to her crowdfunding campaign quickly multiplied, leading toward the purchase of two Chromebooks., a 100% free crowdfunding website, is a popular fundraising tools for forward-thinking teachers, school administrators, nonprofit organizations, small businesses and concerned citizens who want to connect education-based initiatives to the public. The process is simple: decide on your goal, write a compelling message, and garner initial support (contributors) excited  about your fundraiser and committed to sharing it out on their social media — and launch. When you share your campaign on social media, if the idea is deserving, people will pledge their support.

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