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Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy (Second Edition) (Norton Professional Books) [Hardcover]

Christine A. Courtois
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April 26, 2010 0393705471 978-0393705478 Second Edition

Understanding and treating adult victims of incest.

“Highly recommended as an authoritative text on incest and its treatment” and “essential reading for all therapists,” Healing the Incest Wound was a groundbreaking book that put incest studies and treatment on the map. Now, almost 20 years later, this bestselling text is fully updated, offering the most current studies and findings on incest typologies, dynamics, and treatment strategies. Drawing on cutting-edge research on incest and other forms of child abuse, it includes attention to their neurological, attachment, affective, and dissociative sequelae. Courtois—a veteran practitioner and an expert in complex traumatic stress disorders resulting from chronic child abuse—presents a comprehensive revision to this classic treatment manual for therapists.

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“This second edition of her valuable book is a vital asset to every therapist who seeks in-depth comprehension of ways to empower the survivors of incest…contains excellent guidance…a thorough index, an amazing reference section, guide to further reading and exhaustive appendices for both incest survivors and their counselors.” (Hypnosis Depot)

“Courtois has succeeded in integrating the explosion of knowledge and expertise developed over the intervening years into a comprehensive and authoritative second edition…She is one of those gifted professionals who can combine the kind of meticulous academicity, clinical wisdom, warmth and compassion that is so evident in Healing the Incest Wound.” (Dr. James Chu - APA Division 29 Newsletter)

“Twenty years ago, Dr. Courtois was a pioneer. Now she is a wise authority, Healing the Incest Wound has been a classic since it was first published, and has helped to enlighten and train a generation of practitioners. The second edition, which integrates new findings from many disciplines, will remain a classic for the next generation.” (Judith Herman, MD, author, Trauma and Recovery)

“It was hard to imagine how Christine Courtois could improve on what was already an enduring classic, but this second edition of Healing the Incest Wound represents a quantum leap forward. Dr. Courtois, in her usual extremely thorough, scholarly, and clinically astute fashion, has created a new classic. Every therapist should read this book, no matter what the focus of their creates the foundation for competence, and does so brilliantly and accessibly. Bravo, Chris!” (Laura S. Brown, PhD, ABPP, President, APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and Director, Fremont Community Therapy Project)

About the Author

Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC. She is President-elect of APA Division 56, Trauma Psychology, and Associate Editor of Psychological Trauma: Research, Theory, Practice & Policy. Dr. Courtois conducts workshops nationally and internationally on the treatment of incest and other forms of sexual assault, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work.

Product Details

  • Series: Norton Professional Books
  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Second Edition edition (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705478
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No better book at present December 6, 2011
By Beowulf
I use this as a primary text in my Graduate level "Counseling victims of sexual trauma" class. It is not an easy read, especially for those who have gone through these issues. It is also a scholarly text, well researched and well written. If you are a survivor of incest, there are easier and possibly more appropriate books to read. If you are looking to understand the nature of the trauma and symptoms as well as some treatment methodologies, then this is the place to start. Dr. Courtois is a leader in the field, and this text reinforces that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource May 24, 2010
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I have found this book to be an excellent resource. Clients have also found it useful to know they are not alone in the after-effects of incestuous relationships
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding October 26, 2012
By Elise
This book was the most wonderful I had ever read on understanding the dynamics of incest, it's incredible impact on it's victims, and the importance of validation.
I found myself in many of the pages as the answers in this book connected all the dots to this horrific crime against it's victims. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered through incest!
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