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'This book is an excellent training tool for both experienced and novice therapists ... An outstanding resource.' - Psychotherapy Research

[The authors] succeed in helping all of us who work with victims of trauma develop a treatment approach that we can use not only to understand our patients' suffering but also to teach them that recovery can and does occur. - Psychiatric Services

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Edna B. Foa, PhD, Professor at the Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, is an internationally renowned authority on the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety. Her research aiming at delineating etiological frameworks and targeted treatment has been highly influential and she is currently one of the leading experts in the areas of posttraumatic stress disorders. The program she has developed for rape victims is considered to be the most effective therapy for post-trauma sequela. She has published several books and over 200 articles and book chapters, has lectured extensively around the world, and was chair of the PTSD work group of the DSM-IV. Dr. Foa is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Scientific section of the American Psychological Association, the First Annual Outstanding Research Contribution Award from the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
About time! 22 May 2000
By "allicnb" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Treating the Trauma of Rape may be heavy fare for survivors and their families...however, it is a complete treatment manual for therapists. The step by step explanations of treatment tactics...even the controversial ones...makes this a valuable tool in any therapist's practice. There are straight-forward styles of treatment, problems and cases that make the reading simple but not easy on the spirit. Not a self-help book by any means...share it with your doctor or with your client.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A linear, step by step guide for therapists 1 Feb 2011
By Andrea Rogers, LCSW - Published on Amazon.com
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This book guided me through the treatment of the survivor of a horrendous sexual assault. The work we did, using the techniques in this book, led this resilient young woman back to health. She was even able to tolerate the aftermath of a criminal prosecution of the rapist, thanks to Edna Foa's brilliant approach. I learned from the book and I learned from the patient. A compassionate, thorough approach to treatment.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, recommended 27 Aug 2012
By David H. Peterzell PhD PhD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Here's my response to another person's Amazon review. That reader used the terms "grossly unempathic and moralistic," "cruel," "hurtful" to describe the book.

John, Good luck finding the book you misplaced. I think it would be a shame if rape victims avoided the authors' treatment approaches based on your misinformed rant.

The approaches, in the hands of competent therapists, are overflowing with empathy and non-judgement. [Maybe THAT is the key. Find the right therapist! To be sure, any therapeutic approach is compromised in the hands of grossly un-empathic, moralistic, cruel, hurtful, or well-intentioned incompetent hands. But competent therapists can offer plenty.] And the therapy has been shown to safe, in contrast to your claims, John. CBT therapies including the ones in this book have have been assessed for safety repeatedly over the decades, in research and clinical settings. They've had to be scrutinized for safety as part of their evidence-based development. Well-meaning therapeutic approaches with less scrutiny and validation of safety are the ones I'd worry about.

The approaches of Foa and Rothbaum, fine-tuned over decades, have been shown to be especially helpful for many people. That's what we know from looking at outcomes, including measures of quality of life, client satisfaction, and reduction of PTSD symptoms, among many other things. All I can add is that it is great to see people become re-empowered to live their lives following successful therapies like these.

Maybe you have a problem with CBT in general [as if this is "typical" CBT]. Or maybe you have a problem with exposure therapies and cognitive restructuring approaches, but these approaches are gold. The authors present plenty of science and scientific theory, to be sure. The facts are not presented in a warm, fuzzy, sanitized manner... Maybe you have a problem with that. But to be helpful to rape victims, therapists need to know the scientific facts presented by the authors. And clients often appreciate having the scientific evidence, and treatments, at their fingertips, presented transparently in a clear and collaborative manner.

I'll add that Foa and Rothbaum are remarkable and inspirational clinicians and researchers. Check them out online... They have spent years developing and testing their approaches, and training therapists, with countless successful outcomes and grateful clients.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book 28 Feb 2014
By allison - Published on Amazon.com
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Very helpful for me and beneficial to my social work degree. I thought it was for victims, its for therapist and healthcare professionals...its effective for both though.
19 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Excellent exemplifications of the egregious flaws of CBT 23 Feb 2007
By John H. Mcfadden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, I loaned my copy of this book and can't provide exact quotes to make my case. But I remember enough to make my main point. The problem with CBT, as exemplified in this book, is that the authors are grossly unempathic and moralistic, therefore, fated to generate only accommodating clients who disrespect their interiors. This is a prescription for repression and symptom substitution.

To make my case, I refer readers to therapy sessions in which clients are cheer led and otherwise cajoled to reimagine their rape experiences. Clients report that reliving the experience is near as grueling as the rape was. The sweetly delivered message of this therapy is, "Get over it." There's no sense that the fears these people experience are complicated and, ultimately, useful experiences full of shame about feeling afraid and longings for comforting and other expressions of profound, live giving sympathy.

Gradually, clients desensitize in the hands of these therapists' cruel regimen. They get over their fears, but the side-effects--the loss of contact with and disempathy toward rich inner experiences--are egregious. This truly is a triumph of moralistic thinking in which therapists conceive of negative thoughts--read, parts of the self--as impulses that must be gotten rid of.

The authors obliquely respond to this critique of their core work and try to dispel it, saying that they are not promoting positive thinking. But that's exactly what this therapy is.

Okay, so I'm being brutal too. I'm hoping that the spiteful elements of my critique are viewed as understandable human reactions to what many prominent therapists think of as an inhumane therapy. It's reasonable to be angry at a therapy one perceives as damaging, especially when some of one's friends have been hurt by it, as a few of my friends have.

At least I know I'm being cruel and have a reason for relating that way. My words are passionate more than spiteful. I'm upset that this culture-bound therapy has taken in so many bright people. And I'm upset about the damage I've seen it do to people who don't succeed at accommodating to this therapy, as well as the ones who do. It makes them feel inadequate, unhelpable, and deserving of abandonment.

If, like me, you want to find examples of the flaws of CBT to serve as as contrasts to the facets of a more humane therapy, this book is well worth its price.

John McFadden
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