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.