Therapy After Terror: 9/11, Psychotherapists, and Mental Health / Edition 1

Therapy After Terror: 9/11, Psychotherapists, and Mental Health / Edition 1

by Karen M. Seeley
     
 

"Therapy after Terror examines the impact of the 2001 World Trade Center attack on mental health professionals in New York, and on the field of mental health. The events of 9/11 quickly were identified as an unprecedented public mental health crisis, and urgent demands for psychological treatment ensued. In response, thousands of mental health professionals… See more details below

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"Therapy after Terror examines the impact of the 2001 World Trade Center attack on mental health professionals in New York, and on the field of mental health. The events of 9/11 quickly were identified as an unprecedented public mental health crisis, and urgent demands for psychological treatment ensued. In response, thousands of mental health professionals volunteered their services on the scene, while uncounted others provided treatment in their regular clinical settings. Yet few mental health professionals were experienced in assisting survivors of trauma, let alone of a violent catastrophe of this magnitude. Moreover, like other New Yorkers, many therapists were 9/11 victims themselves, if only indirectly." In addition, Therapy after Terror investigates the social and political dimensions of mental health concepts and practices. Critically analyzing shifting notions of trauma, the subjective aspects of psychiatric diagnosis, the increasing medicalization of behavior, and the state's management of the national mood, this book raises questions concerning the politics of psychotherapy after 9/11.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521884228
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Karen M. Seeley's interests lie at the intersection of psychology and anthropology. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University, where she teaches courses on culture and mental health, trauma, disaster, and psychological anthropology, and she teaches cultural psychology in the Psychology Department at Barnard College. She is also a psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City. She has a Master's in education from Harvard University, a Master's in social work from New York University, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in cultural psychology. Dr Seeley's interdisciplinary training informs her approach to mental health. She has brought anthropological perspectives on culture, society, and power to bear on clinical practice, and has critically investigated western theories of mental health, the culture of psychological clinics, and the dynamics of intercultural psychological treatments. She also has developed new modes of ethnographic inquiry that foreground cultural material in intercultural clinical encounters. Dr Seeley writes, lectures, and consults on culture and mental health. She is the author of Cultural Psychotherapy: Working with Culture in the Clinical Encounter. In addition, she has published articles in a number of journals, including Social Work, the Psychoanalytic Review, and Psychotherapy and Politics International.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Trauma Histories 10

2 Volunteers for America 39

3 "Get Me Counselors!" 61

4 The Psychological Treatment of Trauma 80

5 The Trauma of Psychological Treatment 101

6 Diagnosing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 125

7 Trauma as Metaphor 147

8 Mental Health in Traumatic Times 168

Notes 197

Works Cited 213

Index 233

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