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A Practical Approach to Trauma

A Practical Approach to Trauma
Empowering Interventions

First Edition

February 2007 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A Practical Approach to Trauma: Empowering Interventions provides trauma counselors with effective guidelines that enhance skills and improve expertise in conducting empowering therapeutic interventions. Taking a practitioner’s perspective, author Priscilla Dass-Brailsford focuses on practical application and skill building in an effort to understand the impact of extreme stress and violence on the human psyche.

Key Features:  
  • Offers comprehensive coverage of trauma intervention: The wide coverage of the different levels of trauma— individual, community, institutional—and attention to the current theoretical and research literature makes this text the most comprehensive regarding trauma and its treatment.
  • Highlights the intersection between trauma and culture: An ecological perspective focuses on the importance of viewing behavior within its social setting and examining the physical and psychosocial barriers to trauma recovery.
  • Emphasizes the theme of "empowerment": Empowerment focuses on client strengths as the practitioner is encouraged to support clients towards resiliency.
  • Provides an extensive historical background: The book examines multigenerational trauma experienced by several ethnic minority groups.
  • Includes case studies and worksheets: Case studies gleaned from the author’s clinical experience provide a snapshot of the field and make the work of trauma come alive.
Intended Audience:  
This is an ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on psychological trauma in the departments of Counseling, Psychology, Human Services, and Social Work. It is also a useful resource for practicing clinicians.

Ch 1: Overview of Trauma
Ch 2: Assessment of PTSD, ASD, and DESNOS
Ch 3: Models of Trauma Treatment
Ch 4: Empowering Interventions
Ch 5: Crisis Interventions
Ch 6: Group Psychotherapy for Trauma Survivors
Ch 7: Community Trauma and Working in the Schools
Ch 8: Traumatic Stress Debriefing With Adults
Ch 9: Children and Adolescents
Ch 10: Treating Interpersonal Violence
Ch 11: Treating Political Refugees
Ch 12: Terrorism
Ch 13: Natural Disasters
Ch 14: Helping the Helper
Appendix I. Common Reactions to Trauma
Appendix II: Coping With Trauma
Appendix III: Coping With Grief and Loss
Appendix IV: Helping Children Cope With Loss and Grief
Appendix V: Client Safety and Self-Care Worksheet
Appendix VI: Deep/Diaphragmatic Breathing
Appendix VII: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Appendix VIII: Stages of Burnout
Appendix IX: Counselor Self-Care: Beliefs, Conflicts, and Rewards
Appendix X: Trauma Assessment Tools for Adults
Appendix XI: Trauma Assessment Tools for Children and Adolescents

"This book has wide potential value for educators and clinicians. As a text, the extent of the research base it organizes for the reader is impressive, and it is written in a clear and engaging style that will be appreciated by students...For clinicians, this book is a valuable addition to the tools necessary for ensuring state-of-the-art help for consumers facing trauma."

Alan Davis
South Dakota State University
Resource Reviews

Covers various types of trauma and interventions.

Ms Kathrin Winkler
Marriage and Family Therapy, Hope International University
March 15, 2012

This book does a good job at covering a wide range of high risk trauma populations. Has properly placed emphasis on diversity issues (multicultural competence). Includes current issues such as terrorism, political refugees, and natural disasters.

Ms Kenna Pomeroy
Social Science Division, Concordia University
April 27, 2010

This text covers many of the learning objectives for our course titled: Assessment and Intervention Strategies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Specifically, it provides coverage of crisis intervention and emergency management now a part of the 2009 CACREP standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Mark Gerig
., Indiana Wesleyan University
February 22, 2010

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