Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

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

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

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

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CHARLES R. FIGLEY (ED.): Brief Treatments for the Traumatized: A Project of the Green Cross Foundation. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 2002, 337 pp., ISBN 0-313-32137-X.

The theme of this book is that there is no one way to treat all types of traumatic reactions. Twelve different psychotherapies are described: 1. standard cognitive-behavioral therapy, including relapse prevention; 2. narrative therapy with couples affected by anxiety disorders; 3. thought-field therapy for survivors of destructive cults; 4. sensorimotor approaches to integrate cognitive with emotional processing, using the body rather than cognition and emotion; 5. eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)-which is said to be the most-researched psychotherapy of the past ten years-used to link traumatic memories with adaptive information from other memory networks; 6. multisensory trauma processing (MTP) in law-enforcement officers; 7. neurolinguistic programming and emotionally focused therapy (NEP and EFT) for divorcing parents in crisis; 8. brief multiple family group therapy for juvenile first offenders; 9. traumatic-incident reduction (TIR) therapy with therapist-directed intervention using scripts of questions and answers; 10. interventions for couples with PTSD for families of war veterans; 11. crisis debriefings for emergency-service workers; and 12. rewind technique using visual kinesthetic dissociation (VKD) in a single-session approach.

The twelve chapters about different techniques are introduced by three chapters describing the theoretical approach (predominantly cognitive-behavioral psychology or CBT) with emphasis on the importance of the therapeutic relationship. PTSD is a major focus and the book offers a comprehensive approach to its diagnosis and brief treatment. Each chapter describes the recommendations for the techniques of brief psychotherapy to relieve the distress associated with 7RA trauma. Most of the chapters cite the condition of PTSD as the most common clinical condition associated with reaction to trauma. …

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