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Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists Paperback – March 28, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0393706468 ISBN-10: 039370646X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039370646X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393706468
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[A] book worthy of [therapists’] time.” (PsychCentral)

“This book is a much-welcomed tool for working with individuals with complex trauma. Although there are other training manuals that address the treatment of trauma, there is none that deal specifically with the subset of dissociative pathology. This manual is the first of its kind, a hands-on and practical training and skill-building tool for individuals and therapists. . . . The book has a user-friendly approach that is integrative and eclectic and can easily be introduced and incorporated in ongoing treatment. . . . For therapist and clients, navigating complex trauma can feel daunting and confusing with many stops and falls that may leave both feeling discouraged. This book is an anchor for the work, a place to return when uncertainty invades treatment.” (Social Work with Groups)

Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation contains the lucid explanations, practical skills, and collective wisdom of three therapists with decades of experience treating dissociative patients. This book serves as a manual for therapists, a guide for trainers, and a workbook for dissociative disorder patients, delivering an up-to-date blend of the best clinical practices with recent advances in mindfulness therapy and cognitive behavioral approaches to pathological dissociation.” (Frank W. Putnam, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine)

“This book is a welcome and much-needed resource for complex dissociative clients and their therapists. It offers a myriad of exercises and strategies to help clients challenge dissociative adaptations and replace them with other means of coping, so that they can develop a more integrated self and life, and ultimately regain control of their bodies and minds.” (Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, author of Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy and Recollections of Sexual Abuse)

About the Author

Suzette Boon, PhD, lives in the Netherlands.

Kathy Steele, MN, CS, is Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a training and low cost psychotherapy center, and is in private practice with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates in Atlanta, Georgia. She serves on the Board of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, and is a former member of the Executive Council of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.

Onno van der Hart, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychopathology of Chronic Traumatization, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and a psychologist / psychotherapist at the Sinai Center for Mental Health, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is a Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). He was recently honored as an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau, Netherlands.

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This made me "laugh out loud" and showed me that the authors truly understood people who dissociate!
I am a therapist and find this to be very helpful in offering my clients some useful guidance with a very difficult diagnosis.
I have found this book to be quite informative and helpful and would recommend it to anyone who has a dissociative disorder.

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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 23, 2011
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I initially thought "Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation" would be overly complex and written for psychologists or psychiatrists. In fact it is really written for both patient and doctor or therapist. I was impressed with how caring the authors came across. They truly understand dissociative disorders on all levels. This book covers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS).

While I am no expert on these disorders I know a good book when I read one. I thought the advice in this book and the skills for coping with the disorders were excellent. The advice for people who have many parts or personalities was especially helpful. I liked how the authors suggested creating an inner world or safe place in the mind for scared, angry or fearful parts to go when needed.

Some of the issues dealt with in this book include a sense of involuntariness, becoming emotionally numb, amnesia, depersonalization, derealization, isolation, eating habits, abuse, insomnia, losing track of time, loneliness, self-harm, anger, shame, phobias of inner experience, relaxation exercises, numerous personalities at war with each other and guilt. There are also sections that teach you how to deal with stressful family situations or work situations.

The sections on homework assignments take the process of dealing with the disorders to new levels. One assignment deals with healthy core beliefs and analyzes negative and positive beliefs.

What this book really explained well is how parts of the self are stuck in what the authors call "trauma-time." They discuss triggers that can lead you to feeling bad.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Granny-B on June 18, 2011
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It's one of the newest sources out there that I have found and it's quite easy to read. Don't let the 400 plus pages scare you away. A good deal of the book is workbook oriented - making it a great mix of reading and work sheets. It is packed with so much self-help information and work for you to do! All the other books I have found on the subject have been lacking something or are very difficult or old, but this one has it all! It starts with explaining the Dissociative parts of the personality and the Inner World of the Dissociative Individual and how to overcome fears and issues you have with listening to and dealing with your Inner Experience. It explains why reflection and being present is so important and how to work on those. You learn to replace bad behavior such as eating disorders, drugs and drinking with healthy behaviors. You learn to work with your dissociative parts and to listen and communicate with them. It also covers things like safety, triggers, memories, emotions and cognitions, coping skills and improving your relationships. There is even script for you to record and listen to that helps you and your system relax and a section on taking care of yourself physically which includes diet and exercise and getting your alters to help instead of fight against you in this process and how to get them to let you sleep at night.

Three therapists with many years of experience, worked together to create this impressive guide. I think therapists and those who have DID/OSDD will find it an invaluable book. There is a section for 'trainers' as well to help with group sessions. I borrowed the book to my therapist and she enjoyed it so much she ordered her own copy.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rani Raote, PhD on July 24, 2011
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I have found this manual to be extremely useful. The simple language and plenty of examples in this book, written for patients, helped me, as a therapist, to better understand some of the constructs of the theory of structural dissociation from THE HAUNTED SELF.
Also, whenever, I read sections from the book, along with clients during sessions, it never fails to amaze me to see their look of relief that authors from a different culture have so completely and accurately captured their tumultuous experience in words! This book has helped cultivate hope in many of my clients dealing with dissociative disorders.
Rani Raote, PhD, Psychotherapist, India
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MamaDoc on August 11, 2011
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I am reviewing this text from the standpoint of a medical professional who also struggles with dissociation on a daily basis. The approach is stepped and allows both the therapist and the client to understand the theory, etiology and goals meant to progress treament forward at a controlled pace. By sharing the same pool of information as the therapist, the client can more readily identify with the goals of treatment. The client and his/her alternate personalities can have time to process directed and accurate information outside of the session. The client can then participate more fully - or perhaps gain further insight to their states of being. The chapters can be worked sequentially or in the order that best fits the needs of the client. The paradigm for a therapeutic unit might be expected to decrease the tine spent in various stages of symptom management.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MaryBeth Richmond on July 4, 2011
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This book takes a different approach to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) than many others I have read. It outlines treatment of dissociation within the context of the trauma that caused it. By treating the underlying trauma and suggesting coping skills for that trauma, the book is the first of it's kind that I have read. Most other books tell what DID is and are a great source of information about DID, but suggest little in the form of treatment.
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