Crisis intervention and trauma response: theory and practice

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Springer Pub. Co., 1998 - Medical - 209 pages
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"The doctor said that the surgery on my wife's cancer was a failure and that there was nothing more that they could do. I felt as if I was in a bad movie, and everything around me had come to a halt."
---James G., husband of a cancer victim

Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response are short term, problem-oriented, therapeutic interventions whose goal is to produce constructive change in the life situation of the client as quickly and directly as possible. Written in a lively and informative style, the authors present their successful General Crisis Response model for intervention. Using real life case examples, the authors encourage therapists to focus on clients' inner strengths rather than on pathologies that need to be "fixed," to help clients (like James G.) cope. The book is filled with exercises to develop techniques for building verbal and non-verbal skills, awareness of individual and cultural differences, and much more. A Crisis and Trauma Assessment checklist is included for effective therapeutic interventions, whether in your office or at a trauma site. The authors' down-to-earth approach to this topic will appeal to crisis intervention professionals as well as teachers and students.

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Contents

Theories of Crisis and Trauma
11
How We Respond to Crisis and Trauma
41
Principles and Models of Intervention
93
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About the author (1998)

Barbara Rubin Wainrib, EdD, is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in independent practice in Montreal. Born and raised in New York City, she led her class in the MSc in clinical psychology at McGill University in 1959, and received her EdD in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1976.

She has recently retired from her associate professorship at McGill University's Department of Counselor Education and Psychology where she taught graduate level courses in life crisis and trauma, psychosocial oncology, and other topics for over 23 years. She also supervised graduate students in their training program there.

In addition to her many professional publications, she has authored, coauthored, and contributed to several books, including "Gender Issues Across the Life Cycle" (Springer Publishing, 1992), "Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response: Theory and Practice" (Springer Publishing, 1998), "Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Women and the Men They Love" (1996), and Breast Cancer: A Psychological Treatment Manual", edited by Dr. Sandra Haber (Springer Publishing, 1995).

Dr. Wainrib's publications have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and German. She has acted as consultant to groups, organizations, and the international media, and has run hundreds of programs dealing with life crisis, trauma, life-threatening illness, spirituality, and other aspects of psychological skill development for both professionals and laypeople. She has been elected to the National Academies of Practice in Washington, DC, as a "Distinguished Practitioner.

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