Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (Adults)
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Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (Adults) : Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models

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Combining scientific and clinical perspectives, this volume brings together leading authorities on complex traumatic stress and its treatment in adults. Contributors review the research that supports the conceptualization of complex traumatic stress as distinct from PTSD. They explore the pathways by which chronic trauma can affect psychological development, attachment security, and adult relationships. Chapters describe evidence-based assessment tools and an array of treatment models for individuals, couples, families, and groups. See also Drs. Courtois and Ford's authored book, Treatment of Complex Trauma, which presents their own therapeutic approach for adult clients in depth, and their edited volume Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents.

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  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 725.74g
  • 06 Dec 2013
  • Guilford Publications
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1462513395
  • 9781462513390
  • 123,837

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Edited by Christine A. Courtois, PhD, private practice, Washington, DC, USA, and Julian D. Ford, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut, USA, Foreword by Judith Lewis Herman, MD, Afterword by Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD.

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"Treatments based on a traditional conceptualization of PTSD are frequently insufficient to address the diverse, long-lasting, and pervasive effects of complex trauma. This book offers a comprehensive review of treatment considerations, assessment measures, best practices, and evidence-based treatment approaches specifically tailored for psychotherapy with people who have experienced prolonged abuse and neglect by caregivers. An indispensable guide for any mental health professional who works with trauma survivors." - Pamela C. Alexander, Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women, USA "This is the single best source for clinical expertise in complex traumatic stress disorders. Leading clinicians and researchers share a rich array of individual, couple, family, and group therapy models that illustrate basic treatment principles and best practices. Informed by recent research, the contributors cover the developmental and neurobiological background against which to frame essential assessment and treatment issues. Chapters on such pragmatic topics as vicarious traumatization and risk management offer advice on reducing stress for therapists working with these challenging cases." - Frank W. Putnam, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA "Courtois and Ford present an essential, comprehensive work for clinicians and researchers. Evidence-based practice recommendations for psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic treatment are presented - carefully adapted for those suffering from complex traumatic stress disorders - and a range of treatment models are clearly described. Rich clinical material, and attention to management of the therapeutic alliance, therapist self-care, and other key challenges in working with these clients, make this a most useful and innovative resource." - Josef I. Ruzek, Acting Director, Dissemination and Training Division, National Center for PTSD, USA

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