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Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disordersby Christine A Courtois
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Aimed at clinicians, the 20 chapters presented here by Courtois (a psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC) and Ford (psychiatry, U. of Connecticut School of Medicine) lay out a framework and describe various evidence-based approaches for the conceptualization, assessment, and psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment of complex traumatic stress disorders, which are defined as involving traumatic stressors that are repetitive or prolonged; involve direct harm and/or neglect and abandonment by caregivers or ostensibly responsible adults; occur at developmentally vulnerable times in the victim's life, such as early childhood; and have great potential to compromise severely a child's development. Each chapter discusses clinical challenges that arise in treatment and provides an associated clinical framework or specific assessment or treatment model for addressing identified challenges. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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 posttraumatic stress disorder (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.
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.
About the Author
Christine A. Courtois, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC. She is cofounder and past Clinical and Training Director of The Center: Posttraumatic Disorders Program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, and past Codirector of the Maryland Psychological Association’s Post-Doctoral Institute on Psychological Trauma. Dr. Courtois has authored three books, including Healing the Incest Wound, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Among her most recent awards are the Outstanding Contributions to Professional Practice Award from Division 56 (Psychological Trauma) of the American Psychological Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Dr. Courtois routinely conducts professional training locally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to traumatic stress.
Julian D. Ford, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Director of the University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic and Center for Trauma Response Recovery and Preparedness. He has developed the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) treatment model for adult, adolescent, and child traumatic stress disorders, and conducts research on psychotherapy and family therapy, health services utilization, psychometric screening and assessment, and psychiatric epidemiology. Dr. Ford has coedited two other recent books, Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience, and Recovery and The Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma.
Dr. Courtois and Dr. Ford are co-recipients of the ISSTD's Print Media Award for this book.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Judith Lewis Herman
Introduction, Christine A. Courtois and Julian D. Ford
1. Defining and Understanding Complex Trauma and Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders, Julian D. Ford and Christine A. Courtois
2. Neurobiological and Developmental Research: Clinical Implications, Julian D. Ford
3. Best Practices in Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents, Julian D. Ford and Marylene Cloitre
4. Best Practices in Psychotherapy for Adults, Christine A. Courtois, Julian D. Ford, and Marylene Cloitre
5. Assessment of the Sequelae of Complex Trauma: Evidence-Based Measures, John Briere and Joseph Spinazzola
6. Assessment of Attachment and Abuse History, and Adult Attachment Style, Daniel Brown
7. Treating Dissociation, Kathy Steele and Onno van der Hart
8. Cultural Competence, Laura S. Brown
9. Therapeutic Alliance and Risk Management, Philip J. Kinsler, Christine A. Courtois, and A. Steven Frankel
10. Living and Working Self-Reflectively to Address Vicarious Trauma, Laurie Anne Pearlman and James Caringi
II. Individual Treatment Approaches and Strategies
11. Contextual Therapy, Steven N. Gold
12. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Christie Jackson, Kore Nissenson, and Marylene Cloitre
13. Contextual Behavior Trauma Therapy, Victoria M. Follette, Katherine M. Iverson, and Julian D. Ford
14. Experiential and Emotion-Focused Therapy, Diana Fosha, Sandra Paivio, Kari Gleiser, and Julian D. Ford
15. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Janina Fisher and Pat Ogden
16. Pharmacotherapy, Lewis A. Opler, Michelle S. Grennan, and Julian D. Ford
III. Systemic Treatment Approaches and Strategies
17. Internal Family Systems Therapy, Richard C. Schwartz, Mark F. Schwartz, and Lori Galperin
18. Couple Therapy, Susan M. Johnson and Christine A. Courtois
19. Family Systems Therapy, Julian D. Ford and William Saltzman
20. Group Therapy, Julian D. Ford, Roger D. Fallot, and Maxine Harris
Conclusion: The Clinical Utility of a Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders Framework, Julian D. Ford and Christine A. Courtois
Afterword, Bessel A. van der Kolk
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