Countertransference in the Treatment of PTSD

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John Preston Wilson, Jacob D. Lindy
Guilford Press, 1994 - Psychology - 406 pages
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It is now widely recognized that mental health professionals who work with trauma victims are themselves at risk for powerful countertransference reactions (CTRs), vicarious victimization, and stress-related "burnout." This volume is the first book in the field of traumatic stress studies to systematically examine the unique role of countertransference processes in psychotherapy outcome. Emphasizing the need for carefully deliberated action, this volume offers vital new insights into the victim-healer relationship and presents detailed techniques to promote awareness of affective reactions for anyone working with sufferers of PTSD and its comorbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
Rich with explicit suggestions for providing compassionate and intelligent care, this insightful volume is ideal for psychotherapists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals working with people suffering from PTSD. Similarly, Countertransference in the Treatment of PTSD is a valuable classroom text for courses dealing with the treatment of trauma victims and its implications for psychotherapists.
 

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Fascinating stuff. As a Peer Specialist volunteer with the Cleveland VA in Brecksville, Ohio, this is a valuable resource.

Contents

THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL
1
Type I and II CTRs
31
COUNTERTRANSFERENCE IN THE TREATMENT
83
Countertransference in the Treatment of Multiple Personality
122
Urban Violence Traumatic
151
Countertransference in the Treatment of Acutely Traumatized
179
Rape and the Phenomena of Countertransference
206
COUNTERTRANSFERENCE REACTIONS IN WORK
245
Determinant Factors for Countertransference Reactions under
263
Countertransference in the Treatment of War Veterans
288
COUNTERTRANSFERENCE IN ATRISK
329
Trauma and Countertransference in the Workplace
351
Countertransference Trauma and Training
368
New Directions for the Future
389
INDEX
395
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John P. Wilson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Cleveland State University and widely recognized international expert in PTSD. He was a cofounder and past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Wilson is the author of Trauma, Transformation, and Healing, and coeditor, with Beverley Raphael, of The International Handbook of Traumatic Stress Syndromes. At present, he is Director for Stress and Trauma in Cleveland, Ohio, and Chairperson of Emergency and Disaster Services for The American Red Cross.

Jacob D. Lindy, M.D., has worked as a clinician, researcher, and consultant in the area of trauma studies for over 20 years. A training and supervising analyst at the Center for Psychoanalysis in Cincinnati, Ohio, he is Director of the University of Cincinnati Traumatic Stress Study Center, and past president of both the International Society for Traumatic Stress Study Center and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is also the first recipient of the Sarah Haley Award for clinical excellence in trauma therapy.

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