Even from a Broken Web: Brief, Respectful Solution-Oriented Therapy for Sexual Abuse and Traumaby Bill O'Hanlon, Bob Bertolino
The terrible emotional aftereffects suffered by victims of sexual abuse are well established and, according to conventional therapeutic wisdom, can only be treated through years of traditional therapy using regression and catharsis. Even from a Broken Web offers an effective alternative for clinicians working with these clientsa solution-oriented approach that… See more details below
The terrible emotional aftereffects suffered by victims of sexual abuse are well established and, according to conventional therapeutic wisdom, can only be treated through years of traditional therapy using regression and catharsis. Even from a Broken Web offers an effective alternative for clinicians working with these clientsa solution-oriented approach that is respectful, collaborative, flexible, and, in most cases, mercifully brief. Rather than continually revisiting the past and focusing on the problem, Even from a Broken Web proposes a way for sexual abuse victims to move into the present and the future, escaping repetitive patterns of thinking, perception, feeling, action, and interaction. First outlining the "3-D" aftereffects of sexual abuse: Dissociation, Disowning, and Devaluing, Bill O’Hanlon and Bob Bertolino explain three pathways out of these emotional ruts. First, solution-oriented inner work helps clients rediscover aspects of daily experience they have devalued. By imagining themselves thinking, feeling, and doing things in different ways, clients next create a compelling vision of themselves in the future. The final pathway includes identifying and changing existing patterns of thought and behavior. Each of these pathways enables clients to use and develop strengths, skills, and resources they already possess. Once the client discovers these pathways, the journey to solution can be remarkably swift. The process of discovering these abilities requires therapists to work with clients, as opposed to directing them. The authors provide numerous examples of how to practice solution-oriented therapy with individuals, couples, and groups, and they demonstrate how to apply solution-oriented techniques in a variety of situations.
Description: This book focuses on brief, solution-oriented therapy for sexual abuse and trauma victims.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe a model of brief, solution-oriented therapy for sexual abuse and trauma. The objectives are worthy, however, they are only met in a rudimentary way by the authors.
Audience: According to the authors, this book is written for clinicians. It seems, however, that it is written on a very basic level and may actually be more helpful to clients or family members than to clinicians. The authors seem unaware that many of the "new" insights and techniques that they share with the readers have a long and rich history in the trauma literature and therapies.
Features: The overall appearance is adequate, but the illustrations are poor and the graphs and worksheets are neither visually appealing nor particularly helpful. The authors frequently cite themselves and tend not to properly credit other referenced sources. There are useful summary points at the end of each chapter and the book includes many anecdotal case examples that are clearly italicized for easy reading.
Assessment: This book deals with a complex subject matter in a simple, optimistic, and anecdotal way. Therefore, it would appear to have more appeal to survivors of sexual abuse and their family members than to practitioners. The references, tables, and illustrations are weak. The authors are credible regarding solution oriented therapy, but seem much less knowledgeable about the sexual abuse and trauma literature. This book has little new to offer and I would not recommend it.
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