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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (19 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393706206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393706208
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] thorough and useful overview for the beginning therapist or clinical trainee ... The book's strengths include the use of case examples running through the chapters and a sophisticated clinical perspective based on extensive experience and a thoughtful approach to challenges that must be handled sensitively in order to do no harm and provide effective psychotherapy with psychological trauma survivors." "[A] reference book for clinician and client alike. Rothschild has successfully taken the enormously complex subject of trauma therapy and recovery and broken it down into smaller and much more digestible pieces. Rothschild's book has excelled in achieving its goal of being a sound readable manual; seasoned clinicians, clients just beginning trauma therapy and everyone else in between will find this book helpful and informative." "[A] clearly-written and accessible book for anyone suffering from trauma-related disorders, and for their therapists. Babette Rothschild covers psychological effects of traumatizing experiences (especially PTSD), introduces several approaches and adjuncts to treatment, and helps individuals determine how to tell if a treatment works for them. She wisely emphasizes the individuality of successful treatment." -- David V. Baldwin, PhD, "I found this book to be an excellent review and summary for the experienced clinician as well as a solid introduction to the field for any new therapist of trainee... [T]his book belongs on every practitioner's bookshelf." "This timely and easy-to-read handbook introduces the basics of trauma treatment to the consumer and to the professional who may be new to the field... This accessible and concise reference book will be beneficial for anyone exploring his or her therapy options, and seeking information on treatments for trauma-related disorders."

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Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1976. Author of 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery and the best-selling The Body Remembers, and member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, she gives lectures and professional trainings around the world. She is the editor of Norton's 8 Keys to Mental Health Series. She lives in Los Angeles.

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A Short Introduction to the Topic of Trauma 30 Mar. 2011
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It is sad that in our modern world we have not been able to find ways to avoid being traumatized. There are always so many things that are out of our control. A car may suddenly crash into you or you may find yourself a victim of a tsunami while on vacation to a beautiful island. 90 percent of people will encounter trauma at some point in their lives.

The facts are that life-threatening incidents are going to cause you problems that may last long after the incident occurs. There is also something called delayed-onset PTSD that can occur years after the trauma. You may think you are fine until one day you start having panic attacks. You may also become very sympathetic to the plight of others like the recent tsunami in Japan. How many of us watched the videos at youtube with a sense of horror?

With this said, this book only deals with "psychological" trauma. The topics of ASD (Acute Stress Disorder which is short-lived) and PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) are discussed. There is a brief explanation of brain functions and how stress causes parts of the brain to shut down.

The author spends at least a third of the book explaining trauma and then discusses how to treat PTSD. I think the author makes a good point about not forcing a client into remembering traumatic events if they don't wish to remember them. Instead she suggests that you can teach tools for daily living. She also talks a bit about yoga and meditation.

I was surprised by the information that morphine can be used to prevent PTSD. The book doesn't really go into detail about the use of morphine but just presents it as a fact.

If you are a therapist who is interested in treating patients suffering from trauma then this is a good introduction to the topic and treatments. If you are a client/patient then I'd suggest you get Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists instead.

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