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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Based on years of clinical and practical experience working with traumatized patients, the author has developed an approach to treatment which is meant to simplify, and thus make more accessible, psychological treatment for individuals suffering from trauma.
Purpose: Though reasonably well versed in the many forms of treatment proposed for individuals who have suffered from trauma, the author attempts to encourage readers to return to the fundamentals of working in this population, namely the importance of "strengthening the capacity for secure attachment" in relationships.
Audience: Though practically useful for those who have experienced trauma, the target audience for this work is practicing mental health clinicians who address the various psychological sequelae related to trauma in adults and children.
Features: While the book has some diagrams and tables, there are far more case examples which prove to be both more relevant and revealing. Each chapter ends with a section of key points and the book concludes with a long list (about 20 pages) of pertinent and updated references.
Assessment: Many books have been penned about diagnosis and treatment of those with traumatic histories. Similarly, many types of treatment for those with traumatic experiences have been developed and validated over the last decade, especially in the returning veteran population. And while this author does not attempt to minimize or debunk any of these modalities, he argues effectively for a more basic, fundamental approach centered on helping traumatized individuals develop more secure relationships. His assertion is that aiding patients in establishing healthier, safe relationships allows them to increase the likelihood of being better equipped to regulate various types of emotional stress. His arguments are persuasive and are certainly worth the time to review, although some of the concepts may be difficult to grasp without experience in the field.