The Trauma Recovery Group: A Guide for Practitioners

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Rich with expert, practical guidance for therapists, this book presents an evidence-based group treatment approach for survivors of interpersonal trauma. This time-limited treatment is designed for clients who have achieved basic safety and stability in present-day life and who are ready to work on the more enduring ways that trauma has harmed their self-perception and relationships. Vivid case examples and transcripts illustrate the process of screening, selecting, and orienting group members and helping them craft and work toward individualized goals, while optimizing the healing power of group interactions. In a convenient large-size format, the book includes reproducible handouts, worksheets, and flyers.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

"This teaching manual is a well-written, easy-to-read, 'how-to' book on The Trauma Recovery Group (TRG)....This book is easy to read, thoughtfully written, and well organized and achieves its stated goals and objectives. The reader is not required to have previous knowledge and skills in group psychotherapy or interpersonal violence. I would highly recommend it to anyone considering starting a focused psychotherapy group....I congratulate the authors on writing an effective training manual for TRG and providing useful information and valuable tools for other group therapists."--Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Social Work with Groups

"Provides clinicians with a comprehensive theoretical, conceptual, and practical framework for facilitating trauma-informed groups, and with a step-by-step manual that guides the worker from intake and screening, through each group session, to termination....This workbook is written for clinicians by clinicians. It is an extremely accessible text, and is as much a guide to solid group work practice as it is anything....A stellar resource for social group workers who wish to facilitate trauma-informed groups. It combines a social action and social justice approach to psychodynamic group psychotherapy, and incorporates the skills and values of mutual aid. This book is equally at home on the shelves of mental health agencies that serve trauma survivors, as it is on the syllabi of MSW classes that teach about trauma and intimate partner violence. It is thorough, thoughtful, and arguable, on of the finest texts on trauma-informed practice that I have come across in recent memory."--Social Work with Groups
From the Publisher

"Written by expert clinicians and undisputed leaders in the field, this wonderful book provides a detailed description of the 'whys' and 'hows' of group treatment for trauma survivors. The authors' relational approach has a demonstrable empirical basis that sets a new standard for clinicians. The book is sure to produce a splash in psychology, psychiatry, and social work--and using it with clients will yield enduring benefits. If you do groups with trauma and abuse survivors, buy this book."--John Briere, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
"This comprehensive resource adds significantly to the available resources on treatment for trauma, walking the therapist through the entire process of group-based exposure and trauma processing. The group format is especially important for the traumatized--it provides a context in which to give and receive support and feedback and to break the isolation and shame associated with trauma. Bravo for this exciting new treatment contribution!"--Christine A. Courtois, PhD, private practice, Washington, DC "Presenting a well-known group treatment for trauma survivors, this book makes a substantial contribution. The goals and structure of the therapy are described in a clear and accessible way so that providers of various levels of experience can implement it. Sensitivity to the relational aspects of trauma recovery pervades the book and is evident in the careful attention to group interactions, elements of effective co-leadership, and the role of supervision. This principled, practical guide is steeped in clinical wisdom accumulated over years of experience. There is no false step in this book."--Marylene Cloitre, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center

"A comprehensive, practical, evidence-based guide. This volume provides everything needed to successfully conduct the Trauma Recovery Group. The book is unique in combining theory, numerous clinical examples, outcome data, and reproducible forms for everything from advertisement to evaluation. The authors are respected, experienced clinicians whose scientific approach and clinical skills shine throughout the book. It's a trauma clinician's dream come true."--Elizabeth S. Bowman, MD, Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology, Indiana University, and private practice in psychiatry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609180577
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/7/2011
  • Pages: 193
  • Sales rank: 637,484
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michaela Mendelsohn, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Cambridge and Wellesley, Massachusetts. She is also a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mendelsohn completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Victims of Violence (VOV) Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance, where she subsequently worked as a clinician and researcher and continues to provide supervision and consultation.
Judith Lewis Herman, MD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Training at the VOV Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance.
Emily Schatzow, MEd, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a trainer and senior consultant for VISIONS, Inc., a nonprofit organization advising public and private institutions on workplace diversity. She is also a Research Associate in Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School.
Melissa Coco, LICSW, is a senior clinician and supervisor at the VOV Program and the Outpatient Psychiatry Department at the Cambridge Health Alliance and a faculty member in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Diya Kallivayalil, PhD, is a staff psychologist in the Outpatient Psychiatry Department at the Cambridge Health Alliance and a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Jocelyn Levitan, MA, is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a former Research Coordinator at the VOV Program.

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Table of Contents

1. Interpersonal Violence and Trauma Recovery
2. Overview of the Trauma Recovery Group
3. Initial Preparations and Member Screening
4. The Introductory Phase
5. Goal-Work Sessions
6. The Concluding Phase
7. Supervision
8. Adaptations and Applications
9. Outcome Research on the Trauma Recovery Group
Appendix A. Sample Recruitment Flyer for Clients
Appendix B. Sample Recruitment Flyer for Clinicians
Appendix C. Telephone Prescreening and Tracking Tool
Appendix D. Screening Interview Checklist
Appendix E.: Guide for Collateral Contact with the Client’s Individual Therapist
Appendix F. Trauma Recovery Group Guidelines
Appendix G. Co-leader’s Group Tracking Notes for Supervisory Meetings
Appendix H. Time-Taking Tracking Tool
Appendix I. Member’s Concluding Exercise Preparation  
Appendix J. Supervisor's Tracking Tool

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