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Trauma Transformed: An Empowerment Response
     

Trauma Transformed: An Empowerment Response

by Marian Bussey
 

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Whether it's physical, psychological, social, historical, or ongoing, trauma is a universal experience, and this book provides professionals with the approaches necessary for successful and empowering interventions across the trauma spectrum. Part one examines the steps individuals take to heal their traumas. Nicolas survives an attack by his own dog; Tay rebuilds

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Whether it's physical, psychological, social, historical, or ongoing, trauma is a universal experience, and this book provides professionals with the approaches necessary for successful and empowering interventions across the trauma spectrum. Part one examines the steps individuals take to heal their traumas. Nicolas survives an attack by his own dog; Tay rebuilds her life after years of incest; Claire speaks out about being molested by a program participant at her mental health clinic; and Erma copes with the shattering memories of childhood abuse. Part two focuses on interpersonal dynamics. Frank is held accountable for his violence toward his wife; Erin and her mother confront the reality of bullying and victimization in schools; Beth faces discrimination because of her sexual orientation; and staff members at a transitional housing shelter deal with the death of a client.

Part three recounts stories of resilience and healing at the social and community level. Salome and her family process the historical trauma of the massacre of her American Indian ancestors. A group of boys who became fatherless after 9/11 respond to experiential ways of coping with their grief. Jennifer and Kim live daily with the social trauma of poverty. Three Liberian families survive torture, flight, refugee camps, and resettlement. Amory struggles to find meaning and move on from his experience as a combat veteran, and the story of Angelina Batiste epitomizes the loss and resilience of those who lived through Hurricane Katrina. Trauma Transformed provides insight into the psychological and spiritual resources practitioners need to help victims move forward and improve upon their circumstances. Readers will also learn to strengthen their sense of self to prevent secondary trauma.

Editorial Reviews

Social Work in Groups - Keren Ludwig
An excellent overview of various forms of trauma and trauma treatment covering a wide array of presenting problems and holistic interventions.

Family Therapy
Trauma Transformed provides insight into psychological and spiritual resources practitioners need to help victims move forward.

Social Work in Groups
An excellent overview of various forms of trauma and trauma treatment covering a wide array of presenting problems and holistic interventions.

— Keren Ludwig

Robert Salmon
A very unusual book in the thoroughness of its scholarship and in its ability to reach and touch the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231510974
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/23/2007
Series:
Empowering the Powerless: A Social Work Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
1 MB

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Katherine van Wormer

Trauma Transformed is must reading for therapists in substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, and work with war veterans, and above all social workers engaged in disaster relief efforts. There is a wealth of knowledge in these pages that will benefit all practitioners. The topics covered are timely and highly relevant to social work practice in today's world. Trauma Transformed is one of the most fascinating books to come out in social work in some time. The use of personal narratives by practitioners who have worked in various aspects of trauma therapy—with children, with disaster victims, with warveterans—is an extremely effective style of presentation. The situations of relationship, refugee, combat, historical-cultural, and collective trauma are all covered. Rare for an edited volume of this sort, each chapter is as beautifully written as the last. Ican't wait to refer my students to this book.

Katherine van Wormer, author of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Micro Level

Katherine van Wormer
Trauma Transformed is must reading for therapists in substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, and work with war veterans, and above all social workers engaged in disaster relief efforts. There is a wealth of knowledge in these pages that will benefit all practitioners. The topics covered are timely and highly relevant to social work practice in today's world.Trauma Transformed is one of the most fascinating books to come out in social work in some time. The use of personal narratives by practitioners who have worked in various aspects of trauma therapy—with children, with disaster victims, with warveterans—is an extremely effective style of presentation. The situations of relationship, refugee, combat, historical-cultural, and collective trauma are all covered. Rare for an edited volume of this sort, each chapter is as beautifully written as the last. Ican't wait to refer my students to this book.

Meet the Author

Marian Bussey is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, where she teaches courses on clinical social work assessment, trauma, and research and is coordinator of the school's Trauma Response Certificate Program.

Judith Bula Wise, professor emerita, has held academic positions at Columbia University and the University of Denver. She is the author of Empowerment Practice with Families in Distress (Columbia University Press) and has developed and served as the first coordinator of the Trauma Response Certificate Program at the University of Denver.

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