Light in the Heart of Darkness: EMDR and the Treatment of War and Terrorism Survivors

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Drawing on many years of personal experience and that of numerous peers from around the world, the authors of Light in the Heart of Darkness address issues confronted by all clinicians attempting to respond to the psychological aftermath of man's inhumanity to man.
Focusing on the application of EMDR to survivors' traumatic experiences, this book covers a wide range of subject matter including school violence, 'near-war' experiences, refugees, combat soldiers, children, and ...

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Overview

Drawing on many years of personal experience and that of numerous peers from around the world, the authors of Light in the Heart of Darkness address issues confronted by all clinicians attempting to respond to the psychological aftermath of man's inhumanity to man.
Focusing on the application of EMDR to survivors' traumatic experiences, this book covers a wide range of subject matter including school violence, 'near-war' experiences, refugees, combat soldiers, children, and emergency service workers. Using their experiences in humanitarian relief efforts, the authors provide useful information to all clinicians interested in participating in such activities. The book also includes extensive case histories as well as a 'consumer's report' from a war medic whose chronic PTSD was successfully treated with EMDR.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393703665
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 643,265
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Rogers, Ph.D., has been actively involved in the treatment of war and trauma survivors since 1981 and has provided treatment and training in EMDR from Utah to Londonberry and Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cracow and Warsaw, Poland; and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina. She has also worked with the American National Red Cross in response to the 1995 Mississippi floods and tornados. She serves on the VA Emergency Response Team for Eastern Pennsylvania.

Steven M. Silver, Ph.D., is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War who began working with trauma survivors in 1972. He is currently the Director of the inpatient Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Program of the VA Medical Center in Coatesville, PA. He has trained mental health professionals in EMDR in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Zagreb, Croatia; Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina; and in Oklahoma following the Oklahoma City bombing.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Nature of War and Terrorism Trauma 1
2 Case Presentation 18
3 Interview with and EMDR Client 23
4 Interview with an EMDR Therapist 43
5 The Therapist 52
6 Overview of EMDR Methodology 70
7 Client History 75
8 Client Preparation 86
9 Assessment 97
10 Desensitization and Blocked Response 105
11 Installation 129
12 Body Scan and Closure 134
13 Reevaluation and Termination 139
14 Recent and Ongoing Events 147
15 Children 157
16 Abreaction 166
17 Grief and Loss 172
18 Guilt 182
19 Anger 205
20 Relief Work 218
21 Cross Cultural Issues 230
22 Research 240
References 255
App. A Participating Clinicians 261
App. B EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs 264
Index 265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    Very useful

    As the publisher's notes mention, this book contains excellent material for the treatment of war and terrorism survivors. In fact, it is applicable to all trauma survivors where the therapist might be considering EMDR. It has one of the best reviews of the EMDR protocol to be found outside of Shapiro's own books. I have found the writing style to be accessible for lay people who are interested in EMDR as a possible treatment. In other reviews I have read, I have noticed that, in all the praise, what is overlooked frequently are the chapters are selecting and preparing mental health professionals for working in relief settings. I think these comments make the book useful even to those not considering the use of EMDR.

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