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

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

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Edited by Christine A. Courtois, Edited by Julian D. Ford

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 488 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 28mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 6 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1462513395
  • ISBN 13: 9781462513390
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 123,055

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Chronic childhood trauma, such as prolonged abuse or family violence, can severely disrupt a person's development, basic sense of self, and later relationships. Adults with this type of history often come to therapy with complex symptoms that go beyond existing criteria for PTSD. This important book brings together prominent authorities to present the latest thinking on complex traumatic stress disorders and provide practical guidelines for conceptualization and treatment. Evidence-based assessment procedures are detailed, and innovative individual, couple, family, and group therapies are described and illustrated with case vignettes and session transcripts.

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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

Table of contents

Herman, Foreword. Courtois, Ford, Introduction. Part I: Overview. Ford, Courtois, Defining and Understanding Complex Trauma and Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders. Ford, Neurobiological and Developmental Research: Clinical Implications. Ford, Cloitre, Best Practices in Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents. Courtois, Ford, Cloitre, Best Practices in Psychotherapy for Adults. Briere, Spinazzola, Assessment of the Sequelae of Complex Trauma: Evidence-based Measures. Brown, Attachment and Abuse History, and Adult Attachment Style. Steele, van der Hart, Treating Dissociation. Brown, Cultural Competence. Kinsler, Courtois, Frankel, Therapeutic Alliance and Risk Management. Pearlman, Caringi, Living and Working Self-reflectively to Address Vicarious Trauma. Part II: Individual Treatment Approaches and Strategies. Gold, Contextual Therapy. Jackson, Nissenson, Cloitre, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Follette, Iverson, Ford, Contextual Behavior Trauma Therapy. Fosha, Paivio, Gleiser, Ford, Experiential and Emotion-focused Therapy. Fisher, Ogden, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Opler, Grennan, Ford, Pharmacotherapy. Part III: Systemic Treatment Approaches and Strategies. R. C. Schwartz, M. F. Schwartz, Galperin, Internal Family Systems Therapy. Johnson, Courtois, Couple Therapy. Ford, Saltzman, Family Systems Therapy. Ford, Fallot, Harris, Group Therapy. Ford, Courtois, Conclusion: The Clinical Utility of a Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders Framework. van der Kolk, Afterword.