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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book presents a highly structured discussion on psychological debriefing and integrates the theory, practice, and current research from leading post-trauma experts.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a foundation of knowledge as well as a forum for the controversial topic of psychological debriefing. The book focuses on an analysis of evidence for the efficacy of debriefing in clinical settings, its theory and application, with an emphasis on both the current research findings and appropriate use of such interventions. The editor's objectives are commendable, based upon expert contributors in the field, and certainly achieved by the number of collaborative efforts with this book.
Audience: Although targeted specifically toward post-traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD) specialists, advanced mental health professionals would find this book worthwhile and informative. The contributing authors are credible, insightful, and their writing style, while practical and concise, is exceedingly thorough.
Features: The book contains four sections to discuss debriefing from the base theoretical concepts, incorporates the models, research, and practice, and the future of debriefing. The models are specific, not just to victims of war, but to various treatment groups such as victims of motor vehicle accidents and natural disasters, and children and adolescents. Highlights include group interventions, application of debriefing to hospital settings, and future directions. Tables and figures help to illustrate the chapters, and the index is an asset for quick reference to specific topics.
Assessment: This is an exceptionally complete body of work encompassing some of the most noteworthy experts in the field who have contributed their expertise to discussions of the many controversies surrounding psychological debriefing. The reader is given a resource and a guide for clinical practice. Having worked with a number of individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder myself, I value a resource that can collectively present information to be both absorbed and implemented.