New edition of this effective toolbox for treating trauma victims is even more comprehensive
This popular, practical resource for traumatologists has been fully updated and expanded. It remains a key toolkit of cognitive behavioral somatic therapy (CBST) techniques for clinicians who want to enhance their skills in treating trauma and for those in training. The authors focus on helping practitioners find the right tools to guide their traumatized clients towards growth and healing but now also lay a deeper emphasis on the preparatory phase for therapists, including the therapists’ own ability to self-regulate their autonomic system during client encounters.
Throughout the acclaimed book, the four active “ingredients” effective in trauma treatment (therapeutic relationship, relaxation and self-regulation, exposure, cognitive restructuring and psychoeducation) are a guiding principle, enabling a phased delivery that is fitted to the survivor’s relational and processing style. The authors present, clearly and in detail, an array of techniques, protocols, and interventions for treating trauma victims (cognitive, behavioral, somatic, andemotional/relational). These include popular and effective CBST techniques, approaches inspired by research on neuroplasticity, and interventions informed by polyvagal theory. Many techniques include links to video or audio material demonstrating how to carry-out the intervention. Further sections are devoted to forward-facing trauma therapy, a safe, effective, and accelerated method of treating trauma, and to clinician self-care. Handouts for clients are also available for download.