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Introduction to Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma: Techniques and Strategiesby Carolyn Knight
Synopses & Reviews
INTRODUCTION TO WORKING WITH ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA: TECHNIQUES AND STRATEGIES represents the first primer for practice with survivors of childhood trauma. Author, professor, and practicing social worker Carolyn Knight teaches you the strategies that are likely to be useful to you as you work in diverse settings.
Book News Annotation:
Knight (social work, University of Maryland-Baltimore County) contends that, although survivors of childhood trauma make up a disproportionate number of those seeking social services and treatment for addictions, many professionals are unwilling or unable to address abuse in the client's childhood. Relying on the perspective of Lawrence Shulman's interactional model, she offers an overview and case examples on working with survivors of childhood trauma. Consistent with Schulman's conceptualization of interactional practice, the book is organized around phases in the helping relationship, with material on key concepts, theory and research, and core helping skills grouped in chapters on the different phases of the helping relationship in individual and group work. In order to realistically represent clients' experiences, case material sometimes uses graphic language. The book is written for professionals on the front lines of trauma work, including addictions and sexual assault counselors, mental health and child welfare workers, and professionals working in forensic and correctional settings. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Carolyn Knight, Ph.D., MSW, is Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Knight is a licensed social worker with more than 20 years of experience--most of it pro bono--working individually and in groups with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She is the author of WORKING WITH ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA: STRATEGIES AND SKILLS FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS and PROCESS-ORIENTED GROUP THERAPY FOR ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, as well as numerous articles on working with survivors of childhood trauma in group and individual treatment. Dr. Knight is a frequently invited speaker and continuing education workshop leader for topics related to working with survivors of trauma, including ethical implications, considerations for supervision, group work, and strategies that assist trauma survivors in containing and expressing feelings. Dr. Knight also is a sought-after in-service training instructor and has extensive experience with front-line staff and supervisors in juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health settings.
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