Trauma Assessments: A Clinician's Guide

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Guilford Press, 1997 - Psychology - 307 pages
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Providing the information and guidance clinicians need to understand and assess psychological trauma and its effects, this book presents a step-by-step approach to conducting careful, appropriate, and accurate trauma assessments. From the initial screening, to the selection and administration of more in-depth measures for particular clients, to evaluating results and making a diagnosis, the author helps readers maximize their time and resources and brings much-needed clarity to what can be a confusing and difficult process. Instruments covered include self-report measures and structured interviews of trauma and trauma responses for adults and children. Detailed profiles of 36 measures recommended by the author--many not previously described in the clinical literature, and many available at low or no cost--identify each instrument's suggested uses, special features, format, and psychometric properties, as well as how it can be obtained.
  

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Contents

The Importance of Understanding Responses to Trauma
3
Obstacles to Understanding Trauma Responses 5 Obstacles to Accurately
19
Origins and Goals of the Framework 23 The Conceptual Framework
26
Summary
38
Associated Responses 53 Summary
60
Developmental Level at the Time of Trauma
66
Social Context 69 Prior and Subsequent Life
73
Responses to Discrete Traumas 76 Responses to Chronic Trauma
85
Categories
151
Administering Measures 154 Summary
162
Making a Diagnosis 180 Discussing
184
Treatments for Adults 187 Treatments for Children 195 Monitoring
196
Section A Measures of Traumatic Experiences
203
Adults TAA 211 Traumatic Stress Schedule TSS
213
ClinicianAdministered PTSD Scale CAPS 230 PTSD Symptom
234
Measures of Trauma and Trauma Responses
241

Summary
94
Challenges to Assessing Traumatic Experiences 98 Disbelief of Trauma
110
Addressing Challenges
119
Sources of Information 120 Purpose of the Assessment 124 Deciding
131
Summary
140
Measures of Trauma Responses
247
Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale ADES 247 Childhood PTSD
257
Index
303
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Eve B. Carlson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with the National Center for PTSD--Menlo Park. She conducts research on the psychological impact of traumatic experiences and provides training in trauma research methodology and assessment of traumatic experiences and trauma-related symptoms and disorders. Her previous publications include an edited volume, Trauma Research Methodology, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She has collaborated on the development of several measures of the effects of trauma, including the Dissociative Experiences Scale. Dr. Carlson's research, work on measurement development, and professional leadership have been honored by awards from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.

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