Splintered Innocence: An Intuitive Approach to Treating War Trauma

Splintered Innocence: An Intuitive Approach to Treating War Trauma

by Peter Heinl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415223628

ISBN-13: 9780415223621

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…  See more details below

Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415223621
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Victims without words: the shadows of war on adult faces1
The distant thunder of history1
The silence of the guitar4
'Angst': the grimace of war6
A spell of dizziness10
Mysterious depression14
An infant's journey17
The dream of the white stars22
The memory of a river crossing24
A timeless night26
A mourning ritual28
2A parallel process30
Self-observation: the making of my own conscious links30
3Complexities, connections and unconscious constructs34
The silver necklace34
The enigma of the desert42
A journey into the abyss of consciousness: the story of a child witness53
4Recognizing patterns63
(Post-)war childhood trauma: the mosaic of psychological sequelae63
The spectrum of polytrauma70
Disturbances of mental organization: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and beyond83
5Uncovering (post-)war trauma in childhood88
Creating an awareness88
The wider picture: obstacles, challenges and authoritarian abuse99
6To see or not to see...the unconscious: the role of intuition108
Intuition: the struggle to comprehend109
Perceptual thinking: the capacity of looking into the early world of trauma113
Object sculpts: levels of meaning and space-time transformations120
Intuition: the icon of a new thinking about thinking123
7Between despair and hope: the challenges of perception and prevention133
Children in current wars133
Building bridges: Holocaust and (post-)war trauma in childhood139
Childhood without war: a utopian dream?144
Splintered innocence152
Timeless gratitude154
Bibliography155
Index163

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