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Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction, Second Edition (Explorations in Metapsychology) Paperback – January 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1932690040 ISBN-10: 1932690042 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Explorations in Metapsychology
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press; 2 edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932690042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932690040
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beyond Trauma provides mental health workers with a revolutionary technique that could increase their success rate with traumatized clients. --Body Mind Spirit Magazine, Sept 2004

Beyond Trauma is a welcome and much appreciated contribution to professional and academic reference collections and supplemental reading lists. --Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch

Having read Beyond Trauma: Conversations on TIR, I feel that I have already become better at working with distressed clients. --Bob Rich, Ph.d., AnxietyAndDepression-help.com

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Loving Healing Press produces the Explorations in Metapsychology Series showcasing how Traumatic Incident Reduction and related techniques can make a difference in your life. Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction is the first in this exciting new series of books and CDs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Victor grew up as a computer geek, bought an Interact Model One computer with his life savings at age 14 and never looked back. Before he finished high school, he had taken BASIC, FORTRAN, COBOL, and 6800 Assembly Language classes. He earned his BS in Computer Science at Michigan Tech University (cum laude). The next 10 years, he concentrated on writing for computer programming journals such as C/C++ Users Journal, Windows Developer's Journal, The C Gazette, and others. During this phase, he wrote computer programming textbooks including "C/C++ Treausure Chest" and "Windows Programming with Shareware Tools."

In 2003, he formed Loving Healing Press to publish books that make a difference in the world. Five years later it was incorporated as a C-Corp. To date, it has published more than 175 titles around the world.

Victor has not forgot his passion for programming and wrote "Learn Python in One Hour", which is the first of the "Programming By Example Series" series. This series is designed to crush the notion once-and-for-all that you need to buy a 1000+ page book to become productive.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Beyond Trauma" is a compilation of short essays about Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) as delivered by various professionals. It begins with an examination of trauma, the trauma incident network, and unblocking. This is followed by an excellent essay on the psychological foundations of TIR. Included in this chapter is an examination of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and why cognitive restructuring is required for successful treatment of PTSD.
After this foundational chapter the essays start examining particular types of trauma, how they function, how they are similar, how they are different, and how to work with them. First is an examination of the traumas of war, both as a civilian caught up in it and as a soldier. Then come essays on grief and loss, crime and punishment, terrorism, accident victims, accidental death, and various other type of emotional trauma.
The final portion of the book examines working with TIR and children, integrating TIR and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, using TIR in a psychotherapy practice, and integrating TIR with other disciplines.
If you are working with trauma or just want to understand TIR this is a good beginning book. It clearly delineates the basics of TIR as a desensitization procedure and its effectiveness as a true resolution to trauma related problems. "Beyond Trauma" is a recommended book for the professional or for the lay reader who wants to know about this technique before possibly seeking out a practitioner.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 1, 2005
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"TIR allows practitioners to address trauma more deeply while simultaneously resolving trauma quickly." ~Victor R. Volkman

TIR (Trauma Incident Reduction) can be used on the frontlines of disasters. It can help people cope with what has just occurred and it can permanently eliminate PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) symptoms.

This one-on-one, non-hypnotic, person-centered, structured therapy helps patients to run experience through their minds until insights appear. This time of reflection seems to encourage people to not only face what has happened, but to understand the impact and then to begin the journey out of trauma and into healing.

As a survivor of PSTD, I can truly say this book is rather enlightening. I experienced many of the symptoms discussed in this book after a few very troubling years of major breakups, car accidents and dramatic life changes including surviving a hurricane in the Caribbean on my honeymoon. A hurricane is truly one of the most frightening experiences you can endure. My own experience happened 10 years ago during the same time of year as Hurricane Katrina.

The process I went through to stabilize my own psyche involved many of the techniques discussed in this book, however my recovery was based on friends and family listening. In fact, the main concept in TIR seems to be "listening."

When a patient begins to experience PTSD they may not even realize what is happening. I didn't even know about PTSD or what a panic attack was until I read about the symptoms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 7, 2004
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Compiled and edited by Victor R. Volkman, Beyond Trauma: Conversations On Traumatic Incident Reduction is an anthology of engaging essays by learned authors discussing Traumatic Incident Reduction -- a desensitization procedure developed by Frank A. Gerbode, M.D., Gerald French, and others, as a useful aid to help those suffering from trauma-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and many other DSM-IV diagnoses. Straightforward dialogues concerning the treatment methodology, individuals it has helped, methods for incorporating Traumatic Incident Reduction into psychiatric practice, and more fill the pages of this superbly organized and presented survey. Beyond Trauma is a welcome and much appreciated contribution to professional and academic reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Lyn Hill on November 16, 2004
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I am aware of patients suffering from severe PTSD who have become markedly worse when the therapist encouraged regression and/or full recovery of memories as a means of healing. TIR may work for some people. It may push others over the edge. No technique is capable of healing everyone with PTSD and no technique should be used which might increase suicidality or other serious symptoms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Vaknin on April 11, 2006
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"This is the first time I read about Applied Metapsychology in clinical practice. I am lucky to have come across a concise, eminently-readable, empathic, joy-filled, hands-on text.

Replete with examples, exercises, episodes from the author's life, and tips - this is a must for therapists (the book uses a much more benign term: "facilitators"), clients, and anyone who seeks heightened emotional welfare - or merely to recover from a trauma.

The book avoids the twin traps of professional condescension and incomprehensible argot. The author treats both mental health practitioners and laymen with equal respect and provides them with the tools they need. It is all about enhancing personal growth by finding your place among others - a kind of adult re-socialization for better relationships in the broadest sense of the word.

Contrary to the psychodynamic schools of treatment, Applied Metapsychology, as the author continuously emphasizes, is person-centered. It revolves around the client - it is user-friendly. The therapist is there (if at all) only as a catalyst. The exercises, concepts, and tools made available in this rich volume are geared to be easily applied without external facilitation. Metapsychology strikes me as disintermediation at its best - and this little book is a treasure trove. Sam Vaknin, author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited".
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