Presenting clear-cut strategies for working with traumatized patients who have multiple co-occurring disorders and life problems, this highly practical manual puts an array of proven cognitive-behavioral strategies at the clinician's fingertips. The authors illustrate the "whats," "whys," and "how-tos" of exposure, cognitive restructuring, and other effective techniques for treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and show how to organize interventions within a systematic yet flexible case formulation. Throughout, detailed clinical material shows exactly what the process of therapy looks like and offers guidance for overcoming treatment hurdles. More than 20 reproducible clinical tools are included.
See also the related self-help guide, When Someone You Love Suffers from Posttraumatic Stress, an ideal recommendation for clients and their family members.
About the Author
Claudia Zayfert, PhD, a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, has been involved in treatment, research, and training related to PTSD for over 15 years. She completed her doctoral degree at West Virginia University and was a Research Associate at the National Center for PTSD. She is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Service and the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Zayfert's primary interests have been the treatment of PTSD with comorbid conditions. Her current research is focused on treatment of posttraumatic insomnia. Dr. Zayfert has published extensively and has presented at national and international conferences to promote the use of empirically supported treatments for anxiety disorders in clinical practice. She routinely provides training and consultation regarding cognitive-behavioral treatments for complicated PTSD.
Carolyn Black Becker, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Trinity University, San Antonio. Trained at Rutgers University, Dr. Becker is a practicing clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of PTSD, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. She has over 14 years of experience with cognitive-behavioral treatments for a variety of anxiety disorders, including PTSD. The primary focus of her teaching, research, and clinical work is the implementation of scientifically supported prevention and treatment interventions in clinical settings. In addition to numerous publications on these topics, Dr. Becker regularly presents at national and international conferences and provides training and consultation to clinicians.
Table of Contents
1. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for PTSD: Overview and Empirical Foundation
2. Cognitive-Behavioral Conceptualization of PTSD
3. Assessment, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning
4. Embarking on Treatment: Clearing the Path for Success
6. Introducing Exposure Therapy
7. Imaginal Exposure
8. Cognitive Restructuring
9. Supplemental Tools
10. Putting It Together