Trauma Transformed: An Empowerment Response

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Marian C. Bussey, Judith Bula Wise
Columbia University Press, 2007 - Psychology - 324 pages

Whether it's physical, psychological, social, historical, or ongoing, trauma is a universal experience, and this book provides professionals with the approaches necessary for successful and empowering interventions across the trauma spectrum. Part one examines the steps individuals take to heal their traumas. Nicolas survives an attack by his own dog; Tay rebuilds her life after years of incest; Claire speaks out about being molested by a program participant at her mental health clinic; and Erma copes with the shattering memories of childhood abuse. Part two focuses on interpersonal dynamics. Frank is held accountable for his violence toward his wife; Erin and her mother confront the reality of bullying and victimization in schools; Beth faces discrimination because of her sexual orientation; and staff members at a transitional housing shelter deal with the death of a client.

Part three recounts stories of resilience and healing at the social and community level. Salome and her family process the historical trauma of the massacre of her American Indian ancestors. A group of boys who became fatherless after 9/11 respond to experiential ways of coping with their grief. Jennifer and Kim live daily with the social trauma of poverty. Three Liberian families survive torture, flight, refugee camps, and resettlement. Amory struggles to find meaning and move on from his experience as a combat veteran, and the story of Angelina Batiste epitomizes the loss and resilience of those who lived through Hurricane Katrina. Trauma Transformed provides insight into the psychological and spiritual resources practitioners need to help victims move forward and improve upon their circumstances. Readers will also learn to strengthen their sense of self to prevent secondary trauma.


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Marian Bussey is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, where she teaches courses on clinical social work assessment, trauma, and research and is coordinator of the school's Trauma Response Certificate Program. Judith Bula Wise, professor emerita, has held academic positions at Columbia University and the University of Denver. She is the author of Empowerment Practice with Families in Distress (Columbia University Press) and has developed and served as the first coordinator of the Trauma Response Certificate Program at the University of Denver.

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