Treating Victims of Torture and Violence: Theoretical Cross-Cultural, and Clinical Implications

Treating Victims of Torture and Violence: Theoretical Cross-Cultural, and Clinical Implications

by Peter Elsass
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814722016

ISBN-13: 9780814722015

Pub. Date: 08/03/2012

Publisher: New York University Press

Torture is among the most disturbing and psychologically devastating of human behaviors. It dehumanizes its victims, leaving them with serious and lasting psychological wounds. Like other psychological trauma, torture frequently leaves in its wake denial and silence among both perpetrators and their victims. This communicative void creates a public and mental block

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Overview

Torture is among the most disturbing and psychologically devastating of human behaviors. It dehumanizes its victims, leaving them with serious and lasting psychological wounds. Like other psychological trauma, torture frequently leaves in its wake denial and silence among both perpetrators and their victims. This communicative void creates a public and mental block that can make treatment of torture survivors very difficult.

Treating Victims of Torture and Violence is the definitive manual for therapists treating victims of torture, prisoners of war, and casualties of forced migration. Divided into five sections dealing with basic concepts of torture—violence and aggression, the torture syndrome, psychotherapeutic treatment, the cultural psychology of torture syndrome, and cultural psychological treatment— Treating Victims of Torture and Violence employs both classic psychoanalytic and cognitive- behavioral methods. Realizing that torture victims are frequently from different cultures than those of their therapists, Peter Elsass provides in-depth aid to therapists dealing with a multicultural clientele.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814722015
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/03/2012
Series:
Torture and Violence Victims Series
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Torture, Violence, and Aggression: Scientific Difficulties in Containing the "Absolute Evil"10
2The Torture Syndrome: A Diagnostic Description of the Trauma-Provoked Condition and a Psychodynamic Understanding of the "Unbearable-Helplessness"29
3Psychotherapeutic Treatment: The Supportive Attitude and the Combination of Psychoanalytic and Cognitive Ways of Thinking60
4The Cultural Psychology of the Torture Syndrome: A Distinction between What Is Universal and What Is Culture-Bound91
5Cultural-Psychological Treatment: Examples of Psychotherapy Showing Respect for Foreign Cultures113
6Postscript: The Torture Survivor's Perspective: A Follow-Up Examination Combining Supervision with Research142
Appendix162
References177
Subject Index197
About the Author199

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