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Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse: Psychotherapy for the Interrupted Life

by Marylene Cloitre, Lisa R Cohen and Karestan C Koenen Guilford Publications
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Meeting a key need, this book presents a modular adult psychotherapy approach grounded in extensive clinical experience and research. Provided is a flexible, empirically supported framework for helping clients manage symptoms related to past physical or sexual abuse; build emotion regulation and interpersonal skills; and process traumatic memories and their associated feelings of fear, shame, and loss. Session-by-session guidelines include many suggestions for tailoring interventions to each person's needs in the context of a safe, supportive therapeutic environment. Designed in a large, easy-to-use format, the book includes over a dozen reproducible handouts, worksheets, and other tools for clinicians and clients.

PHOTOCOPY RIGHTS: The Publisher grants individual book purchasers nonassignable permission to reproduce selected materials in this book for professional use. For details and limitations, see copyright page.

-Needed resource: a significant number of adults in therapy are survivors of abuse.
-Practical design: easy-to-use format contains handouts, worksheets, and other helpful tools.
-Features empirically supported methods.
-Flexible approach: this is a guide, not a lock-step manual.

Authors give frequent workshops and conference presentations on their approach.

AUDIENCE: Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and other professionals who work with adult trauma survivors; also of interest to researchers and graduate students.

Marylene Cloitre, PhD, Institute for Trauma and Stress and Department of Psychiatry, New York University Child Study Center, New York, NY; Lisa R. Cohen, PhD, Women's Health Project Treatment and Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY; and Karestan C. Koenen, PhD, School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA

1. The Trauma of Childhood Abuse: A Resource Loss Model 2. Attachment: When Protector and Perpetrator Are One 3. Development in the Context of Deprivation 4. Treatment Rationale5. Building Emotional and Social Resources: Overview of STAIR 6. Working with Traumatic Memories: Overview of NST 7. Extending the Narrative: Transforming Shame and Loss 8. Guidelines for Implementing Treatment 9. Assessment of Client and Match for Treatment Phase I. Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR): Building Resources10. Session 1: The Resource of Hope: Introducing the Client to Treatment 11. Session 2: The Resource of Feelings: Emotional Awareness12. Session 3: Emotion Regulation 13. Session 4: Emotionally Engaged Living14. Session 5: The Resource of Connection: Understanding Relationship Patterns15. Session 6: Changing Relationship Patterns 16. Session 7: Agency in Relationships 17. Session 8: Flexibility in Relationships Phase II. Narrative Story Telling (NST): Facing the Past and Imagining a Future 18. Moving from Skills Training to Narrative Processing of Trauma: How Do You Know Your Client Is Ready? 19. Session 9: Introduction to NST 20. Session 10: Narrative of First Memory 21. Sessions 11-15: Narratives of Fear 22. Sessions 11-15: Narratives of Shame 23. Sessions 11-15: Narratives of Loss24. The Last Session Appendices: A. ResourcesB. Examples of Assessment Measures by Domain

"A perfect aid for helping students understand the trauma a child endures when mistreated, as well as a source of valuable insights about tools for helping the child go through the process of recovery successfully. This text is one of the few I have ever read that respects how fragile and vulnerable we are when young, and why standard methods may not be as effective with children as they usually are with adults....I am amazed at how simply the text conveys the vast complexity that is a tortured child. The chapter order is exactly how I would want my students to progress throughout the course. The description of treatment methods is explanatory without being tedious, and the case examples are perfectly interspersed throughout the text to serve as lecture breaks for discussion. By far the most impressive aspect of the text is the practical advice provided. The numerous examples of how one would deal with a traumatized child in the real world, in actual therapeutic sessions, are most helpful....I cannot praise this work highly enough...The authors effectively convey the message that it is possible to make a positive impact in the life of a child who has seen so much pain and misery. If I can teach only one lesson to my students, I cannot think of a better one to convey."
Marylene Cloitre, PhD, is the founding director of the Institute for Trauma and Stress at the New York University Child Study Center, and the Cathy and Stephen Graham Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Lisa R. Cohen, PhD, is a Research Scientist with the Social Intervention Group at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in New York City, specializing in the treatment of complex trauma disorders.

Karestan C. Koenen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also an experienced clinician, specializing in empirically validated treatments for PTSD.