Brief Treatments for the Traumatized: A Project of the Green Cross Foundation

Brief Treatments for the Traumatized: A Project of the Green Cross Foundation

Brief Treatments for the Traumatized: A Project of the Green Cross Foundation

Brief Treatments for the Traumatized: A Project of the Green Cross Foundation

Synopsis

Trauma is now being recognized as a major mental health challenge, with clients from children to the elderly presenting symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, often with no awareness of the cause. Yet managed care--and the growing incidence of trauma patients, presenting increased demands on existing professionals--requires brief treatments whenever possible. This book explains how to apply brief, existing, generic treatments to help manage the traumatized and diminish or eliminate their traumatic symptoms.

Excerpt

One of the consequences of globalization has been the breakdown of village and primary group support systems and increased tolerance for violence. This book by Charles R. Figley reviews a variety of innovative and well-documented approaches to managing trauma through clinical interventions. One interesting example is the “reciprocal inhibition hypothesis” (RIH). The fifteen chapters describe a comprehensive variety of approaches, most of which are not adequately described in other books about clinical intervention. While various types of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are often acknowledged elsewhere, this book provides the best comprehensive review of brief treatment strategies for PTSD.

The book is divided into three parts. The introductory chapters of Part I identify the solid psychological theories on which the book is based. Both the more established treatment strategies and the more experimental approaches are addressed primarily from the perspective of cognitive-behavioral theory. Several approaches that are not typically associated with the cognitive-behavioral approach are described and analyzed. Some of the challenges facing providers of treatment are identified and matched to a variety of treatment strategies in a very practical and applied perspective. Patterns of PTSD behavior, as well as patterns of response to treatment, are discussed in detail. The careful reader will receive a framework for both the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD.

Generic treatments for typical presenting problems by traumatized clients are emphasized in Part II. The treatments described here and throughout the book provide the clinician with enough detail to begin using the treatment strategies in practice. This practical and applied emphasis is perhaps the most valuable feature of the book. A second, equally important em-

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