Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Healing Developmental Trauma: A Systems Approach to Counseling Individuals, Couples and Families

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Healing Developmental Trauma: A Systems Approach to Counseling Individuals, Couples and Families

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Healing Developmental Trauma: A Systems Approach to Counseling Individuals, Couples and Families by Janae Weinhold, PhD and Barry Weinhold, PhD. (2010). Love Publishing, Denver CO. 448 pages, ISBN: 978-0-89108-349-8.

Healing Developmental Trauma: A Systems Approach to Counseling Individuals, Couples and Families (2010) presents an expanded paradigm for understanding the pervasive influence of early shock, trauma and stress on humanity's evolution. It also presents a comprehensive clinical approach for healing the long lasting effects, which the authors assert, are the primary causes of human suffering.

The product of twenty-five years of research by Janae and Barry Weinhold, clinicians, former university professors, and prolific authors, this book advances the practice of counseling, social work, prenatal and perinatal psychology, developmental psychology, traumatology, family systems therapy, and complementary medicine. It examines the long-term impact of subtle and often overlooked relational shocks, traumas, and stresses that occur during the prenatal & perinatal, bonding, and separation stages. Using a systemic perspective, this knowledge is applied to the subsequent development of individuals, couples and families. The Trauma Continuum, which differentiates developmental shock, trauma, and stress as distinct psychobiological states, is a breakthrough concept. The continuum clearly and elegantly distinguishes among the types of trauma by brain function, time orientation, autonomic nervous system response, and intervention tools for healing them.

This book presents Developmental Process Work (DPW) as a comprehensive intervention model for healing developmental shock, trauma and stress in individuals, couples, families, and organizations. DPW helps clear the imprints of shock, trauma and stress from the central nervous system, resolves intractable conflicts, rebuilds fractured relationship dynamics, helps restore deep emotional resonance in intimate relationships and teaches people how to regulate their emotional states. DPW is a relational modality that recognizes the therapeutic relationship itself as the primary resource for healing developmental shock, trauma or stress.

The foundation for Healing Developmental Trauma is the Weinholds' four-stage meta-theory, Developmental Systems Theory (DST). This theory describes how developmental shock, trauma, and stress are transmitted via individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations, and nation-states through intergenerational fractal patterns of recapitulation. …

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