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Drawing together material from many sources, this book provides state-of-the-art principles and guidelines for treatment when memories of past abuse are at issue. It covers available empirical and clinical data on human memory processes for normal and traumatic events and on the treatment of posttraumatic conditions in general and child sexual abuse in particular; the critiques and concerns voiced by cognitive psychologists who investigate memory and suggestibility issues; the recommendations made by a number of professional task forces and advisory committees charged with studying the issues involved in the controversy and making recommendations for practice; and the recommendations of expert clinicians and clinical researchers.
Especially useful is Courtois's application of the treatment decision model to a range of clinical scenarios, from continuous, corroborated memory of abuse to suspicions of abuse based on symptomatology. Speaking with authority and empathy, Courtois shows clinicians how to practice responsibly and safely while doing memory work. Her guidance is invaluable.
Posted June 2, 2006
I guess from the title I thought there would be lots of sexual abuse scenarios. As a therapist I had held off reading it because I knew it would be a bunch of difficult stories of sexual abuse - I was waiting for the right time. But this book is the most incredible scholarly compilation of the history of sexual abuse as a mental diagnosis, memory (false vs. authentic memory and and how it is stored in the brain), and advice on how therapists are to deal with such a contraversial subject. It is filled with excellent advice for the clinician who wants to provide a thoughtful, skillful, and balanced approach. I would recommend this book at the top of my list for any person who wants to understand this topic more fully. This book examines all sides of the issue. Thanks Christine for such an effort.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.