Understanding Trauma: A Psychoanalytical Approach / Edition 2

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Revised edition with additional chapter. This book, from the Tavistock Clinic Series, is about what follows the breakdown in functioning, either short- or longer-term, provoked by a traumatic event. The authors offer a psychoanalytical understanding of the meaning of the trauma for an individual, illuminating theory with detailed clinical illustration and case histories. A range of therapeutic procedures is described.

Incl. assessment & consultation, treatment in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, the traumatised group, etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855759770
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: Second Enlarged Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,175,162
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Garland is a Psycho-analyst, and Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has taught psychoanalytic group therapy in the Adult Department of the Tavistock Clinic for 25 years. Her background included three years’ study of social development in chimpanzees as well as observation of the behaviour of new-born infants at the Behaviour Development Research Unit of St. Mary’s Hospital. She taught group psychotherapy at the Maudsley Hospital from 1983 - 1997. In 1987 she founded the Tavistock’s Trauma Unit, and has written and published widely on the subject of trauma in adults. Currently she is engaged in the long-term Tavistock Outcome Study of treatment-resistant depression.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Psychoanalysis? 3
1 Thinking About Trauma 9
2 Human Error 32
3 The Psychodynamic Assessment of Post-Traumatic States 47
4 Preliminary Interventions: The Four-Session Therapeutic Consultation 63
5 Trauma and Grievance 81
6 Mental Work in a Trauma Patient 96
7 Issues in Treatment: A Case of Rape 108
8 Dreaming After a Traumatic Bereavement: Mourning or Its Avoidance? 123
9 Identificatory Processes in Trauma 139
10 Developmental Injury: Its Effects on the Inner World 155
11 External Injury and the Internal World 167
12 The Traumatised Group 183
13 Action, Identification and Thought in Post-Traumatic States 199
Suggestions for Further Reading 216
Bibliography 217
Index 223
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