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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.