Healing War Trauma: A Handbook of Creative Approaches

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Raymond Monsour Scurfield, Katherine Theresa Platoni
Routledge, Feb 11, 2013 - Psychology - 368 pages

Healing War Trauma details a broad range of exciting approaches for healing from the trauma of war. The techniques described in each chapter are designed to complement and supplement cognitive-behavioral treatment protocols—and, ultimately, to help clinicians transcend the limits of those protocols.

For those veterans who do not respond productively to—or who have simply little interest in—office-based, regimented, and symptom-focused treatments, the innovative approaches laid out in Healing War Trauma will inspire and inform both clinicians and veterans as they chart new paths to healing.


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Chapter 12, Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) with Alpha-Stim, reads like a PR piece for the manufacturer. Surprise! It was authored by the creator of the device. If this is the quality of the rest of the chapters, this is a bad joke instead of a scientific work.


1 Innovative Healing Approaches to War Trauma
Part I Surviving Both War and the Battles Back Home
Part II CultureSpecific and CommunityBased Approaches
Part III ExpressiveExperiential Approaches
Part IV MindBody Approaches
Part V Animal Assisted and Outdoor Approaches
Part VI Technological and WebBased Approaches
Part VII Other Creative Approaches

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Raymond Monsour Scurfield, DSW, LCSW, is a Vietnam veteran who was a social work officer on one of the Army's two psychiatric teams, professor emeritus of social work at the University of Southern Mississippi, and the founding director of the VA's National Center for PTSD in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Katherine Theresa Platoni, PsyD, maintains a private practice in Centerville, Ohio, is a colonel in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Army Reserve, and serves as Army Reserve Psychology Consultant to the Chief in the Medical Service Corps. She is a veteran of four deployments, including Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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