Thriving In The Wake Of Trauma

Thriving In The Wake Of Trauma

by Thema Bryant-Davis
     
 

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Race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, migration status, religion, and numerous other cultural factors play important roles in recovery from traumatic events. Survivors of abuse, dislocation, disease, racism, and other forms of trauma, however, are often treated only as individuals rather than as people with diverse beliefs and cultural affiliations. Thema Bryant-Davis…  See more details below

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Race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, migration status, religion, and numerous other cultural factors play important roles in recovery from traumatic events. Survivors of abuse, dislocation, disease, racism, and other forms of trauma, however, are often treated only as individuals rather than as people with diverse beliefs and cultural affiliations. Thema Bryant-Davis examines the cultural issues that health care professionals need to consider in caring for trauma survivors. She gives specific examples drawn in part from her own work as a clinician, and she describes activities that can help trauma victims not only survive but thrive and grow.

About the Author:
Thema Bryant-Davis is assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Pepperdine University

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"Bryant-Davis is an internationally renowned expert on trauma, so it is no surprise that this is the single most powerful book on trauma in recent history. The author argues that cultural context provides the most salient information about everyone, and particularly those who have experienced trauma. This context includes a wide variety of considerations, from predictable variables such as gender, socioeconomic status, race, and religion to variables less studied and/or understood—e.g., sexual orientation, disability, and migration status. The complexity of both the culture and the trauma (physical, sexual, emotional, etc.) make the recovery a multifaceted journey. Bryant-Davis defines thriving as the post-trauma growth that the survivor may experience as a result of making healthy choices during recovery, and perhaps the most useful contribution of this volume is the road map the author provides for thriving. For instance, she encourages journaling, arts and crafts, movement, drama, music, nature, and social support as creative paths to developing trust, coping strategies, healthy sexuality, and means of thriving. Offering excellent tools that can realistically provide a therapeutic springboard for healing, this book is a valuable addition to literature on trauma. Essential. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections." - Choice

"Bryant-Davis provides tools for both practitioner and survivor as well as case-examples for each theme of recovery, which illustrate the intersection of cultural and the particular theme of recovery being addressed. Thriving in the Wake of Trauma will enrich practice, teaching, and the recovery process." - Sex Roles

"Bryant-Davis's book is a blend of scholarly review, self-help guide, case study and creative writing. She includes not just traditions and identity based on ethnicity and race, but disability, gender, migration status, religion, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status as well. Interpersonal trauma is defined as any violition against a person or group of people that leads to feelings of powerlessness and emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual wounds. An important contibution of Bryant-Davis is her emphasis on thriving after trauma, in contrast with recovery from trauma. To thrive, survivors work to move beyond symptom reduction to attain empowerment, awareness of one's strengths, and hopefully a level of functioning greater than before the trauma." - Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

"In this groundbreaking book, which integrates cultural concepts with recovery from trauma, each of the 11 chapters explores the themes of safety, self-care, trust, shame and self-blame, memories, mourning the losses, anger, body image, sexuality, coping strategies, and thriving. The author explores both theoretical and empirically based concepts related to the cultural context of recovery….Bryant-Davis poignantly states in her preface that she wrote this book for diverse audiences - for survivors and those in recovery, therapists, ministers, researchers, doctors, nurses, police officers, judges, government officials, advocates, volunteers, and students - and as a source and a place for healing in which all are welcome to come. She has admirably succeeded in her purpose and has penned a book that is indeed a refreshing, remarkable, and relevant resource for all of its diverse audiences." - MultiCultural Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313038891
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2005
Series:
Contributions in Psychology Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
190
File size:
472 KB

Meet the Author

Thema Bryant-Davis is an internationally recognized counselor, educator, and advocate, and an expert on the cultural context of trauma recovery. Her doctorate in Clinical Psychology is from Duke University and she completed her post-doctorate training at the Harvard Medical Center Victims of Violence Program. Formerly the American Psychological Association representative to the United Nations and Senior Staff Coordinator of the Princeton University SHARE Program against sexual violence and harassment, she is now Director of Oasis Institute International in Los Angeles. Oasis staff members provide training on the issues of trauma and culture to judges, nurse examiners, doctors, counselors, police officers, government officials, advocates, volunteers, students, and survivors.

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