Trauma Practice

A Cognitive Behavioral Somatic Therapy

by Anna B. Baranowsky, J. Eric Gentry

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ISBN: 9781616765927
4th ed. 2023, xii/228 pages
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Trauma Practice
ISBN: 9780889375925
4th ed. 2023, xii/228 pages
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New edition of this effective toolbox for treating trauma survivors is even more comprehensive

  • Provides a 3-phase approach to trauma treatment, plus a new preparatory phase for therapists
  • Details step-by-step guidance on nearly 70 cognitive behavioral and somatic techniques
  • Introduces a new preparatory phase for practitioners
  • Explores therapist self-regulation
  • Includes a chapter on Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy
  • Incorporates the lastest evidence base, including polyvagal theory
  • Includes downloadable handouts, and new audio/video material

This popular, practical resource for clinicians caring for trauma survivors 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. Baranowsky and Gentry help practitioners find the right tools to guide trauma survivors toward growth and healing. Reinforcing this powerful intervention is the addition of 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, an effective tri-phasic model for trauma treatment is constructed (safety and stabilization; working through trauma; reconnection with a meaningful life) as 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 survivors (cognitive, behavioral, somatic, and emotional/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.

Over 40 video and audio demonstrations of many of the techniques are available for download. There are also 36 handouts for clients that can be downloaded and printed for clinical use.

Sample video here

From the reviews

"A practical, user-friendly toolkit of cognitive behavioral somatic therapy (CBST) techniques for clinicians who want to enhance their skills in treating individuals experiencing a wide range of psychological difficulties following trauma – useful and appropriate for seasoned masters- and PhD-level clinicians, as well as graduate student trainees.
The authors skilfully explain in detail the innovative applications of established clinical practices, maintaining an approach that is client-centered and humanizing throughout. The authors merit acclaim for their work in developing an integrative clinical handbook for a wide population of trauma-affected individuals in need of effective treatment."

Jenna M. Bagley, Department of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, in Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy (2024), 54

Praise for the book

"Carefully researched, theoretically grounded, and beautifully written, Trauma Practice is a must-read for any clinician who treats interpersonal trauma. Baranowsky & Gentry provide an incredibly useful text that is a pleasure to read, including clear examples that bring case material to life. Highly recommended for seasoned trauma therapists and novices alike."
Robert T. Muller, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada; author of Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up; Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation

"Anyone who likes to work with structured, ready-to-use materials and is inclined towards the CBT approach should use this book. The book is a classic and full of useful and effective exercises. In particular, the description of helpful rituals is of the highest value, both scientifically and practically."
Andreas Maercker, PhD, MD, Professor and Chair, Division of Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention, University of Zurich, Switzerland

"This new and updated revision of the classic go-to book for trauma therapists has everything a therapist might need to stay informed on the newest research, experience, and thinking on trauma. The authors describe in detail the Tri-Phasic model, which focuses on establishing safety, working through, and reconnection treatment phases. Therapists treating childhood emotional neglect and all other forms of trauma will find answers, support, and guidance in this data-driven book."
Jonice Webb, PhD, clinical psychologist, and Internationally Bestselling author of Running On Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect and Running On Empty No More: Transform Your Relationships

"A wonderful resource both for therapists and clients. The book combines a deep and detailed understanding of the nature of trauma with a wide variety of effective tools and exercises. It's incredibly generous of the authors to freely share so much of their expertise and practical experience."
Steve Taylor, PhD, author of The Leap and Disconnected: The Roots of Human Cruelty and How Connection Can Heal the World

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