Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Women: A Clinician's Manual / Edition 1

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Learn effective PTSD group treatment

The awareness of psychological trauma has grown exponentially in the past decade, and clinicians in many areas have increasingly found themselves confronted with the need to provide trauma-related services to clients. Still, there remains a serious lack of manuals that guide clinicians using group therapy to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Women: A Clinician’s Manual is the important, “how-to” resource that fills this void with a successful theory-based, field-tested model of group therapy for traumatized women. Concise and full of clinical examples, this helpful text includes a session-by-session guide for clinicians and a workbook for clients.

Comprehensive and practical, Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Women: A Clinician’s Manual not only describes the theory, method, and rationale for this effective treatment, but also offers a complete, step-by-step clinician’s manual and client workbook to help implement the model and establish effective practice. Explained in-depth are unique methods such as the use of testimonial and ceremonial structures to heighten the therapeutic impact and case examples of individual client histories and progress through treatment. In addition, appendices detailing a treatment contract and a script for a trauma program “Graduation Ceremony” are also included.

Chapters in Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Women cover:

  • concepts of group therapy with traumatized populations
  • developmental theory of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder
  • usefulness and challenges of various formats of group therapy
  • session-by-session instructions for clinicians
  • session-by-session workbook for clients
  • guidance in handling difficult treatment and clinical situations
  • group therapy procedures and rules
  • managing traumatic re-enactments
  • empirical support for TCGP
  • and much more!
With a detailed bibliography and numerous diagrams, charts, and tables for visualizing information, Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Women is an ideal resource for mental health clinicians of all types, graduate students and educators, state mental health commissions and agencies, libraries, hospitals, and clinics.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This wonderful book explains the tools and skills necessary to perform successful trauma-centered group psychotherapy with women. Despite the recent advances in treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the female group psychotherapy experience is an area in much need of further exploration, and this book provides the map.
Purpose: The focus is on providing clinicians with the authors' own 16-week method for conducting weekly outpatient group psychotherapy with women suffering from trauma. The authors present the theory, excellent case discussion, and appropriate evidence of success.
Audience: Clearly, mental health professionals working with trauma-exposed women will benefit the most, as this is not only a great teaching tool but also a clinical guide for immediate implementation into practice. Both authors clearly demonstrate their wealth of knowledge and experience.
Features: The highlight is the structure of the manual that walks readers through the 16 weeks of this therapeutic model. I particularly appreciated the discussion of therapists being guided by the three basic principles of immediacy, engagement, and emotionality. These three principles have applicability across the field of mental health and are just one great example of how beneficial this guide is both clinically and academically. The case examples are realistic; any therapeutic manual worth its weight has to have clear, concise, and meaningful vignettes. The authors know their material and bring the book and their therapeutic model to life with these cases. A standout chapter is how to manage traumatic reenactments, as any clinician knows that discussing trauma is never easy for a patient. The book is more than mere explanation; it is a guide to helping the therapist bring together a group of women who may not normally have met if not for their shared conditions.
Assessment: If one word could sum this book up it would have to be outstanding! Clinicians need solid, usable models for treating PTSD, especially in women, and we now have one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789036834
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/13/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 582,675
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Courtois, Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: The Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy Model. Objectives and Rationale. Trauma-Centered Psychotherapy. Critical Elements of Group Therapy. A Developmental Theoretical Framework. Normal Development and the Processes of Accommodation and Assimilation. Impact of Trauma on Developmental Processes. Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy Treatment Strategy. Group Therapy Procedures and Rules. Client Screening and Assessment. Treatment Phases. Group Procedures. Group Rules. Managing Traumatic Reenactments. Preparation. Specific Steps. Summary. Part II: Session-by-session Lecture Series. Phase I Sessions. Session 1: Disclosing the Trauma. Session 2: Shame and Identity. Session 3: The Void and Emptiness. Session 4: Moving from Rage to Forgiveness. Session 5: Womanhood: My Ally or My Enemy? Phase II Sessions. Session 6: You Are Not the Trauma. Session 7: Knowing Your Symptoms Increases Your Control. Session 8: Your Body is Not Your Enemy. Session 9: Cutting Off People Continues Your Isolation. Session 10: Stop the Dumping. Session: 11: Putting it Right. Phase III Sessions. Session 12: Finding Meaning in Your Life. Session 13: Moving into the Future. Session 14: Saying Goodbye. Session 15: Achieving Transformation. Session 16: Standing in the Truth of One’s Testimony. Chapter 8. The Graduation Ceremony. Giving Testimony and Bearing Witness. Inviting Society to Take on Responsibility for Its Members. Providing a Positive Homecoming Experience. Specific Procedures for Conducting the Graduation Ceremony. Part III: Ensuring Success with Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy. Therapist Competencies and Challenges. Critical Therapist Characteristics. Specific Challenges for the Therapist. Empirical Support for Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy. Summary of the Study. Method. Results. Discussion. Conclusion. Appendix A: Handout for the Graduation Ceremony. Appendix B: Workbooks. Appendix C: Women’s Trauma Program. References. Index.

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