Coping With Trauma: Hope Through Understanding / Edition 2

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Overview

Combining years of research, teaching, and experience treating trauma survivors, Dr. Jon G. Allen offers compassionate and practical guidance to understanding trauma and its effects on the self and relationships. Coping With Trauma is based on more than a decade of Dr. Allen's experience conducting educational groups for persons struggling with psychiatric disorders stemming from trauma. Written for a general audience, this book does not require a background in psychology. Readers will gain essential knowledge to embark on the process of healing from the complex wounds of trauma, along with a guide to current treatment approaches.

A respected researcher and educator of both trauma survivors and mental health professionals, Dr. Allen provides an insightful and informative resource that offers real hope in coming to terms with trauma. With an author who is both witness and guide, readers will be introduced to and encouraged in a process of healing that will reach the depth of wounds to the soul, mind, and body.

For clinicians, this compelling work includes broad discussions of trauma from both psychological and psychiatric perspectives. New developments in attachment theory have reshaped the whole book. Important updates from the first edition include new chapters on illness and depression, including suicidal states; self-defeating aspects of personality disorders and self-destructiveness; emotion and emotion regulation; and -- most crucial -- maintaining hope, the foundation of healing.

This exceptionally comprehensive overview of a wide range of traumatic experiences offers a uniquely useful guide for patients, their loved ones, and mental health care professionals alike.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Building on classes, the author has provided this book for groups of persons who have experienced trauma. The chapters stand on their own and form a coherent guide through understanding and healing the impact of trauma.
Purpose: Awareness of new information about the biology of trauma and the treatment of trauma and its effects, the impact of a new kind of trauma in the form of terrorism, and a growing understanding of attachment theory, led the author to rewrite the 1995 edition of this book. Both books offer a path to healing through self-understanding.
Audience: The primary audience are people seeking healing. The breadth of content suggests it might be a helpful book for students in counseling or psychiatry. Clinicians might find it helpful for their patients, but would, probably, want something more academic for their own reading.
Features: The book includes a personal address to the victim of trauma. The tone of respect and support for the person who might be reading emotionally-laden material reflects the author's theoretical approach of attachment theory as a basis for understanding and healing the ruptures a traumatized person has experienced. The quality of material taken from the foremost authors in the field reflects a belief in the self-efficacy of the reader, who will be able to incorporate a wealth of knowledge into growth and healing.
Assessment: A closing chapter on hope reaches beyond the goal of the previous edition, self-understanding. There is enough new material in this book to make it worth the purchase. I can imagine those helped by the first edition will find comfort in information that takes into account even the unthinkable new trauma of terrorism.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585621699
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 409,089
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon G. Allen, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine, and Senior Staff Psychologist at The Menninger Clinic.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations. Trauma. Attachment. Part II: Effects of Trauma. Emotion. Memory. Self. Relationships. Illness. Part III: Trauma-Related Psychiatric Disorders. Depression. Posttraumatic stress disorder. Dissociative disorders. Self-destructiveness. Part IV: Healing. Emotion regulation. Treatment approaches. Hope. Glossary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2010

    Insightful and therapeutic reading for the trauma survivor

    The author discusses the impact on the individual of various types of trauma. The content is comprehensive, well-organized and thought-provoking. The information in COPING WITH TRAUMA is written in an understandable format, making it useful for everyday readers as well as professionals.

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