Psychodrama with Trauma Survivors / Edition 1

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In a world where natural, social, and political disasters are a daily reality, the therapist is increasingly called upon to find rapid and effective methods of treating the survivors of trauma, including sexual abuse, torture, war-related trauma, addiction, depression, and bereavement. The contributors to this book provide persuasive evidence of how psychodrama can safely be used to create paths of change for even the most severe traumatization and they also discuss the possible transmission of trauma patterns across generations. Research following World War II, neurobiological studies and other recent research into PTSD has shown that many trauma symptoms are unconscious, non-verbal, right-brained experiences which cannot be accessed through talk therapy. Psychodrama creates a place to act out unprocessed trauma within the containment of therapy, in order to stop the obsessive repetition of the past.

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Shows how psychodrama can be used to create paths of change for victims of severe trauma and discusses the possible transmission of trauma patterns across generations. Documents the impact of trauma and explores the development of treatment, providing integrated models of experiential treatment for clinicians to use. Kellermann is a clinical psychologist who teaches psychodrama in Israel. Hudgins is a clinical psychologist and psychodrama trainer in the US. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853028939
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/19/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 11
Pt. 1 Treating Trauma in Action
1 The Therapeutic Aspects of Psychodrama with Traumatized People 23
Pt. 2 Loss: The Core Emotion of Trauma
2 Psychodramatic Methods for Facilitating Bereavement 41
3 Brief Psychodrama and Bereavement 51
Pt. 3 Traumatized People: From Victims to Survivors
4 Psychodrama of Rape and Torture: A Sixteen-year Follow-up Case Study 63
5 The Use of Psychodrama with Trauma Victims 83
6 Prisoners of the Family: Psychodrama with Abused Children 97
7 The Use of Psychodrama in the Treatment of Trauma and Addiction 117
8 Psychodrama with Adolescent Sexual Offenders 137
9 Time's Distorted Mirror: Trauma Work with Adult Male Sex Offenders 155
10 Psychodramatic Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder 176
11 Appearance and Treatment of Dissociative States of Consciousness in Psychodrama 187
12 Psychodrama with Survivors of Traffic Accidents 198
Pt. 4 Experiential Models of Healing
13 The Therapeutic Spiral Model: Treating PTSD in Action 229
14 Cycles of Healing: The Treatment of Developmental Trauma 255
Pt. 5 Breaking the Links: Transmission
15 Health and Death: Hidden links through the family tree 283
16 Psychodrama with Vietnam Veterans and their Families: Both Victims of Traumatic Stress 299
17 Secondary Victims of Trauma: Producing Secondary Survivors 317
The Contributors 342
Subject Index 345
Author Index 350
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