Splintered Innocence: An Intuitive Approach to Treating War Traumaby Peter Heinl
Pub. Date: 10/28/2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
The horrific scale of destruction due to the Second World War in countries all over the world is well known. A whole generation of children grew up being exposed to the horrors of war early on in life, yet the dimension and legacy of the long-term psychological impact of these early traumatic experiences has been a sadly neglected topic in the therapeutic and mental health literature. This book is designed to help counselors and therapists working with adults and children from a variety of backgrounds who have suffered war trauma in childhood.
Splintered Innocence is firmly based on the author's own clinical practice and also draws on his innovative style of intuitive discovery and exploration of childhood war trauma. Powerful examples of case studies illustrate the disturbing extent and complex spectrum of the long-term psychological damage caused by childhood war trauma. The author considered how these cases and others like them can be understood and can themselves shape theories about how to treat patients suffering from war trauma. Practical suggestions are made for mental health professionals, counselors, and therapists working with such patients, and how the likely consequences for the new generations of children involved in current conflicts can be assessed.
This book will be invaluable to counselors, psychotherapists, and other professional working with those who have suffered war trauma in childhood, including academics, teachers, and volunteer workers. It will also be of interest to the educated general reader.
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Table of ContentsPreface. Victims without Words: The Shadows of War on Adult Faces. A Parallel Process. Complexities, Connections, and Unconscious Constructs. Recognizing Patterns. Uncovering (Post-) War Trauma in Childhood. To see or Not to See. The Unconscious: The Role of Intuition. Between Despair and Hope: The Challenges of Perception and prevention. Acknowledgments. References. Indexes.
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