Coping with Trauma: A Guide to Self-Understanding

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Traumatic experience is alarmingly prevalent; few people escape its direct or indirect effects. Dr. Allen, Senior Staff Psychologist with the Trauma Recovery Program at The Menninger Clinic, has written this book to help laypersons understand the complex and often bewildering impact of traumatic experience. Coping With Trauma: A Guide to Self-Understanding provides a comprehensive yet highly readable summary of current professional knowledge for people of diverse backgrounds and education. Based on an extensive ...
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Overview

Traumatic experience is alarmingly prevalent; few people escape its direct or indirect effects. Dr. Allen, Senior Staff Psychologist with the Trauma Recovery Program at The Menninger Clinic, has written this book to help laypersons understand the complex and often bewildering impact of traumatic experience. Coping With Trauma: A Guide to Self-Understanding provides a comprehensive yet highly readable summary of current professional knowledge for people of diverse backgrounds and education. Based on an extensive review of contemporary professional literature, Coping With Trauma incorporates the author's experience conducting educational groups for patients with a history of severe trauma. In teaching these groups, Dr. Allen learns from his patients, who have generously and openly shared their personal experiences. Their lessons form a vital part of this book.

Those who are struggling to cope with the direct effects of trauma will find Coping With Trauma to be an informative and sensitive guide to better understanding themselves and their experience. Partners and family members of traumatized individuals can gain increased understanding of and empathy for their loved ones, in addition to learning how to be more supportive. Mental health professionals who work with people with a history of trauma will find the book to be a useful digest of current knowledge that they can share with their patients.

About the Author:
Jon G. Allen, Ph.D., is currently Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas. At The Menninger Clinic, he is editor of the Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, a scholarly journal for the mental health professions. He has authored and coauthored numerous publications based on his research and clinical work on testing, psychotherapy, and hospital treatment. Dr. Allen is senior staff psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Program at The Menninger Clinic and a member of the editorial boards of Psychiatry and The Menninger Letter.

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Editorial Reviews

Behavioral Research Therapy
Overall, this is an excellent book. The expertise of the author is coupled with his unusual skill in writing in simple, readable style. It is also a well-organized book.
Psychiatric Services
Coping With Trauma exudes a philosophy of empowerment through understanding. Dr. Allen achieves a remarkable balance between the dual tensions of accessibility and scientific accuracy.
Readings
No other source [does] a better job of synthesizing this material, and in such a comprehensive and readable fashion — Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880489966
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 385
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon G. Allen, Ph.D., is currently Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas. At The Menninger Clinic, he is editor of the Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, a scholarly journal for the mental health professions. He has authored and coauthored numerous publications based on his research and clinical work on testing, psychotherapy, and hospital treatment. Dr. Allen is senior staff psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Program at The Menninger Clinic and a member of the editorial boards of Psychiatry and The Menninger Letter.

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Table of Contents

Foundations.
Trauma.
Development.
Effects of trauma.
Attachment.
Emotion.
Consciousness.
Memory.
Self.
Relationships.
Trauma-Related Psychiatric Disorders.
Posttraumatic stress disorder.
Dissociative disorders.
Other disorders.
Treatment.
Treatment approaches.
Self-regulation.
Conclusions.
Appendix: the biology of trauma.
Notes.
References.
Index.
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