Splintered Innocence: An Intuitive Approach to Treating War Trauma

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The consequences of war are well known, yet the long-term psychological impact on children of these traumatic experiences has been a neglected topic in therapeutic literature. This book is:
* Designed to help counsellors and therapists working with adults who have suffered war trauma in childhood
* Based on the author's own clinical practice...

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Overview

The consequences of war are well known, yet the long-term psychological impact on children of these traumatic experiences has been a neglected topic in therapeutic literature. This book is:
* Designed to help counsellors and therapists working with adults who have suffered war trauma in childhood
* Based on the author's own clinical practice
* Drawn on his innovative style of intuitive discovery and exploration of childhood war trauma
* Makes practical suggestions for mental health professionals working with such patients
* This book will be invaluable to all those working with those who have suffered from childhood war trauma.

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Reviewer: Nasri Jacir, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The author offers a psychotherapeutic paradigm of looking at trauma. His work is mainly targeted at dealing with war trauma, but it can also be extended to apply to rather conventional psychotherapy.
Purpose: The book does not use the most rigorous of methods in stating its case, but through the presentation of various clinical cases, the author offers a pseudo-scientific way of looking at the uncharted field of the psychology of war and conflict. The book is primarily directed at helping the clinician working with patients from war-torn areas. Although the clinical material is mostly from post-World War II Europe, the methods, as the author points out, might well benefit people in most of the world's hot spots.
Audience: The book is appropriate for the experienced therapist as well as the layperson. Its case presentations are fascinating to read and might be interesting to anyone with a specific interest in the topic.
Features: Most of the clinical cases are engrossing and really involve the reader. Emphasis is given to the need for obtaining historical and autobiographical information when interviewing patients. The author successfully demonstrates how such information can help uncover painful traumatic war memories and how such insight can be central to any therapy. Concepts such as parallel processing and sculpting are interesting and seem to contribute to this paradigm.
Assessment: This book provides a new dimension of looking at the psychiatric patient. In the aftermath of the terror attacks in New York, it will probably be an important starting point for a field that has not been thoroughly studied.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415223638
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Heinl is a psychiatrist, psycho and family therapist in private practice in the UK and Germany, and has personal experience of post was trauma.

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Table of Contents

Victims Without Words - The Shadows of War on Adult Faces. A Parallel Process. Complexities, Connections and Unconscious Constructs. Recognising 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.

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