Narrative Exposure Therapy

A Short-Term Treatment for Traumatic Stress Disorders

by Maggie Schauer, Frank Neuner, Thomas Elbert

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ISBN: 9781616763886
2nd revised and expanded edition 2012, viii/112 pages
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Narrative Exposure Therapy
ISBN: 9780889373884
2nd revised and expanded edition 2012, viii/112 pages
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Second edition of the Narrative Exposure Therapy manual, an effective, short-term, culturally universal intervention for trauma victims - including the insights and treatments for dissociation and social pain.

Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is a successful and culturally universal intervention for the treatment of survivors of multiple and severe traumatic events, such as organized violence, torture, war, rape, and childhood abuse. Field tests in contexts of ongoing adversity and disaster areas, as well as controlled trials in various countries, have shown that three to six sessions can be sufficient to provide considerable relief.

This edition of the clearly structured and easy-to-follow NET manual includes insights and treatments for dissociation and social pain. The first part of the book describes the theoretical background. The second part shows how to use the NET approach step by step, with practical advice and tools, including how to deal with special issues (such as dealing with challenging moments, defense mechanisms for the therapist, and ethical issues). Appendices include an informed consent form, and checklists for the therapist.

From the Reviews

"This book is a "must read" for all therapists who work with sequentially traumatized patients: a concise summary of the theoretical background, a strong, convincing treatment rationale, and a hands-on, step by step manual: wonderful!
Ulrich Schnyder, Head, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland

"War, violence, and disasters affect not just people's physical health but also their mental health. Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is an effective treatment for people traumatized by their experiences, improving function on all levels. Moreover, NET can be offered by paramedics and social workers, even in low-resource settings. This book is essential reading for all those who want to work in the field of public mental healthcare and to alleviate suffering caused by violent conflicts and upheaval."
Unni Krishnan Karunakara, MB BS, DrPH, International President, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

"This revised and expanded edition of NET continues the authors' great gift of explaining modern findings in neurobiology and memory and applying these effectively to help adults and children who have experienced complex trauma. NET circumvents the need to identify a single traumatic event on which to focus in therapy. Rather it helps the survivor develop a detailed and integrated narrative that permits them to conquer their worst nightmares. This is one of the best evidence-based interventions for complex trauma, and one that is written with great sensitivity and respect for human experience."
William Yule, Emeritus Professor of Applied Child Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK; Chair, Children and War Foundation

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