Trauma Treatment Techniques: Innovative Trends

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Jacqueline Garrick, Mary Beth Williams
Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, 2005 - Psychology - 252 pages
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Examine alternative techniques for dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder

Trauma Treatment Techniques: Innovative Trends examines alternative approaches to “talk” therapies that help relieve stress in trauma survivors. Experts in a range of practice areas present mental health providers with methods that augment or go beyond traditional techniques, including art therapy, virtual reality, humor, residential programs, emotional freedom techniques (EFT), traumatic incident reduction (TIR), and thought field therapy (TFT). This unique book serves as a primer on new and creative means of working with combat veterans, survivors of child abuse, victims of rape and other violent crimes, refugees, victims of terrorism, and disaster survivors.

Since the late 19th century, mental and medical health professionals, social workers, clinicians, and counselors have attempted to help patients mitigate symptoms and reduce distress by employing a variety of treatment techniques, methods, strategies, and procedures. Trauma Treatment Techniques: Innovative Trends represents a significant addition to the available literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute distress, providing therapists with much-needed options in their efforts to help trauma sufferers recover, find new meaning, and reach for new hopes and happiness.

Trauma Treatment Techniques: Innovative Trends examines:
  • debriefing interventions in school settings
  • instructions and safeguards for using emotional freedom techniques (EFT) when debriefing in disaster situations
  • the use of creative art therapies to reach out to war refugees
  • the use of virtual reality-based exposure therapy (VRE) to desensitize Vietnam veterans with PTSD from traumatic memories
  • humor as a healing tool
  • repressed memory
  • physiology and meridian treatment points in the body
  • a six-step methodology for diagnosing PTSD
  • a 90-day residential program for treatment of PTSD
  • PTSD motivation enhancement (ME) groups
  • autism as a potential traumatic stressor
  • and much more
Trauma Treatment Techniques: Innovative Trends is an invaluable resource of inventive techniques that offer hope for recovery to anyone who has suffered life's worst injuries.

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