Treating PTSD in Battered Women: A Step-by-Step Manual for Therapists and Counselors [NOOK Book]

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Based on a new treatment model for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, this manual offers an effective and comprehensive therapy targeting symptoms of PTSD in battered women. Pioneered by Dr. Kubany, this innovative intervention is called cognitive trauma therapy, or CTT. CTT includes modules on trauma history exploration, negative self-talk monitoring, stress management, PTSD education, exposure to trauma reminders, overcoming learned helplessness, challenging supposed to beliefs, building assertiveness, ...

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Treating PTSD in Battered Women: A Step-by-Step Manual for Therapists and Counselors

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Overview


Based on a new treatment model for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, this manual offers an effective and comprehensive therapy targeting symptoms of PTSD in battered women. Pioneered by Dr. Kubany, this innovative intervention is called cognitive trauma therapy, or CTT. CTT includes modules on trauma history exploration, negative self-talk monitoring, stress management, PTSD education, exposure to trauma reminders, overcoming learned helplessness, challenging supposed to beliefs, building assertiveness, managing mistrust, identifying potential abusers, managing contacts with former partners, managing anger, decision-making, self-advocacy, and a very important module on overcoming trauma-related guilt.

CTT is a highly structured intervention, deliverable to clients unlike any other therapy. Most procedures are described in such great detail, they can be literally read or paraphrased by therapists--thereby facilitating ease of learning and delivery and making this manual a valuable resource for community health providers and other individuals who counsel battered women, but who may not have advanced higher education.

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Editorial Reviews

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Kubany and Ralston have developed a systematic approach to the treatment of PTSD in battered women that is firmly grounded in empirically-supported principles of cognitive behavioral therapy. This approach is tested in research and comprehensively described in this clear, session-by-session procedural guide, which is complete with client handouts and homework forms. This manual is a crucial resource for anyone treating women traumatized by intimate-partner violence and abuse.
—Josef I. Ruzek, Ph.D., acting director of the Education Division of the National Center for PTSD located in the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System in Menlo Park, CA

Finally, a manual that describes a highly effective cognitive-behavioral treatment for PTSD in formerly battered women—boasting a 90 percent recovery rate—with such detail that even helpers with no prior psychotherapy training have used it successfully. Experienced therapists treating PTSD in any population will also find this volume of value for its brilliant integration and sequencing of interventions that prepare real world clients for success with the difficult but essential exposure components of PTSD treatment. Highly recommended for every clinician who treats trauma, and essential reading for therapists who treat battered women.
—Irene G. Powch, Ph.D., psychologist on the PTSD Clinical Team at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center, and faculty in the Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University

At last! A book that addresses the unique struggles of battered women in their battle to reclaim their dignity and personal power. Kubany and Ralston have done a masterful job applying the proven principles of cognitive behavioral therapy to the specific issues that plague abused women. This concise, well organized guide is a must-read for anyone in the field of domestic violence.
—Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D., practicing psychologist with more than thirty years of experience working with trauma survivors, including abused women, and author of twelve books on trauma-related subjects

Kubany and Ralston have produced a superb clinical guide that clearly describes and richly illustrates their state-of-the-art, empirically supported cognitive-behavioral treatment of PTSD in formerly battered women. The book offers a masterful synthesis of science and clinical wisdom that guides therapists through the complexities of treating PTSD in survivors of domestic violence. The volume is essential reading for anyone who works with survivors of spousal abuse.
—Steven Taylor, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and author of Clinician’s Guide to PTSD: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach

Written by clinical scientists, this volume is an excellent resource for clinicians from all disciplines who are interested in learning specific strategies for addressing problems associated with surviving domestic violence. In addition to providing specific guidelines for treating PTSD symptoms, the authors deal with related problems, including mistrust of others and managing contact with abusers. The chapters on guilt and negative self-talk present best-practice procedures for psychological interventions with these clinical problems, which are commonly associated with surviving a battering relationship. The authors include data on the efficacy of this approach, providing yet another reason to consider this volume as an outstanding source of information on treatment in this area. Guidelines for modules provide objectives for sessions, homework assignments, and handouts that can be photocopied for clients. While the treatment of battered women has been of clinical interest for many years, this text is one of the first to present treatment strategies based on empirical findings. This important text will definitely be an asset to practitioners who are new to this area, as well as experienced providers in the field.
—Victoria M. Follette, Ph.D., chair of psychology and professor of clinical psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and clinical scientist specializing in the treatment of trauma in women

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608826476
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 750,417
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Edward S. Kubany, PhD, was employed for fourteen years as a research clinical psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since 1990, he has specialized in the assessment and treatment of PTSD in his research and clinical practice. Kubany has more than twenty-five peer-reviewed publications, was principle investigator or co-principal investigator on four federal grants, and is first author of a self-help book for battered women, Healing the Trauma of Domestic Violence.


Tyler C. Ralston, PsyD, served a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD in Honolulu, Hawaii. In his clinical practice, he specializes in the treatment of PTSD and trauma-related guilt, working with formerly battered women, combat veterans, and other trauma survivors.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Module 1 Beginning Treatment 23

Module 2 Monitoring Negative Self-Talk 51

Module 3 Stress Management I: Education About Stress 59

Module 4 Stress Management II: Progressive Muscle Relaxation 71

Module 5 Trauma History Other Than Partner Abuse 81

Module 6 Education About PTSD 85

Module 7 Exposure Homework 113

Module 8 Learned Helplessness and How to Overcome It 125

Module 9 Education About Negative Self-Talk 141

Module 10 Addressing Trauma-Related Guilt 155

Module 11 Challenging Guiding Fictions and "Supposed to" Beliefs 203

Module 12 Assertiveness Training 217

Module 13 Managing Mistrust 243

Module 14 Identifying Potential Abusers 251

Module 15 Managing Unwanted or Stressful Contacts with Former Abusers 267

Module 16 (Optional) Managing Anger 275

Module 17 (Optional) Personality Characteristics of Abusive Partners 285

Module 18 (Optional) Countering Ideas of Denial and Codependence 297

Module 19 (Optional) Making Important Decisions 305

Module 20 (Optional) Implications and Consequences of Remaining in an Abusive Relationship 317

Last Module Self-Advocacy Strategies

Revisited 325

References 329

Index 335

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    Excellent book and psychotherapy

    I have used Dr. Kubany's cognitive trauma therapy with survivors of partner violence as well as with patients with PTSD and guilt from other kinds of trauma. I have found the therapy to be very effective. The book is well written and makes it clear how to apply the therapy. I am thrilled that Dr. Kubany is disseminating cognitive trauma therapy through this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    Cutting Edge Theerapy for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

    I've been an advocate for women and children who have been victimized by male violence for approximately thirty years and I have been trained in this Cognitive Trauma Therapy (CTT) for Battered Women. I have found that this therapy developed by Dr. Kubany has been consistently successful at alleviating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder symptoms in survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. This population is known to have complex symptoms of PTSD based on the fact that they have often experienced numerous traumatic events in their intimate relationships. Dr. Kubany's work, especially on addressing trauma-related quilt, is a God send for correcting the maladaptive cognitions that create and sustain the symptoms of PTSD. The theories and the practices are written in an easy to follow manner for professionals as well as para-professionals working in the field of domestic violence. This book is a fantastic resource for practioners from all walks of life. It is very helpful in providing strategies for healing from the aftermath of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition it pays attention and gives helpful homework assignments to assist survivors in ridding themselves of the repertoire of survival behaviors that have becomes harmfully habitual. I highly recommend this book to all clinicians from all disciplines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    This is a very useful book.

    In a very clear and easy to read format, this book outlines step by step, how to conduct Cognitive Trauma Therapy to treat battered women. Most of the steps are described in such great detail that they can be easily paraphrased by the therapist. The treatment/therapy is broken down into discrete modules, each of which has very concrete objectives and easy to follow intructions. The book is informative, well organized and easy to read, and is a valuable tool for anyone working with victims of domestic violence.

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