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Principles of Trauma Therapy: A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation, and Treatment Paperback – March 21, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0761929215 ISBN-10: 0761929215 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761929215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761929215
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This groundbreaking book takes trauma therapy to a new stage of development, brilliantly integrating the diverse findings of cognitive behaviorists, relational and attachment theorists, and neurobiologists.  The authors understand that therapy is an intimate relationship between two people -- the (often distrusting and fearful) patient who wishes relief from pain and the (often frustrated but empathic) therapist who would like to provide that relief.  The authors generate in the reader a respect for the biological underpinnings of trauma and the power of early attachment dynamics, showing us how to accept these realities while building the structures that will help the patient achieve symptom relief.  The clarity of the text, particularly given the complexity of the material, combines with the wisdom and warmth of the authors to produce a "must read" for any therapist working with trauma patients." (Constance Dalenberg, Ph.D., 2005-12-22)

"The authors have provided a definitive resource on the treatment of all types of trauma, especially important as society faces more and more traumatic events. This book admirably meets its goal as a hands-on, practical guide for clinicians working with adult and older adolescent trauma survivors. The material is cutting edge, encompassing a wide range of interventions, including a very comprehensive chapter on psychopharmacology. It includes discussion of techniques and principles for which an evidence base has developed, as well as other techniques developed from clinical experience. This book will serve as an essential reference for all clinicians treating the traumatized, as well as a textbook for courses on the treatment of trauma." (Christine A. Courtois, PhD 2005-12-22)

"This is a phenomenal compilation of clinical, biological, neuropsychiatric, and psychotherapeutic information on the subject of trauma. The authors move from the very basic subject of "what trauma is" to the most complicated subjects of etiology and intervention.  The usefulness of the book is greatly enhanced by the many case examples. This is a major contribution, both for those who treat and for theoreticians....  a must for every clinician!" (Marcia Goin, MD, PhD 2005-12-22)

"This book bridges the divide between CBT oriented, evidence based practitioners and those who endorse a more relationship based approach to chronic traumas. The authors offer a components based model for the delivery of trauma therapy that clearly illustrates how these two approaches can be compatible. As Briere and Scott demonstrate, the science and the art of therapy are both honored when there is systematic application of treatment components in the context of specific client needs. This book is just what is needed to advance our field."

(Lucy Berliner, MSW 2005-12-22)

"The chapter on psychopharmacology stands out in two ways.  First, the integrative discussion of the psychology and biology of post-trauma outcome provides essential understanding for all who work with survivors, regardless of discipline.  Second, the clarity and scope of this work provides both an accessible primer for practitioners new to trauma and a comprehensive pharmacology update for more experienced clinicians." (James High, MD 2005-12-22)

"This book is an excellent teaching tool —almost what one would expect from a course with details printed in different fonts and useful checklists for clinical work.  I appreciate the choice of either reading individual chapters one at a time, each one with recommended reading sections at the end, or the benefits of reading the book as a whole...Of special value in this book is the chapter dedicated to the psychopharmacology of trauma, as special attention is given to the most up-to-date research in the field of psychobiology" —CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY (Nicole Ruysschaert CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY 2007-10-08)

More About the Author

John Briere, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at LAC+USC Medical Center. He is a past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and recipient of the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Scientific Achievement from ISTSS and the Outstanding Professional Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Designated as a "Highly Cited Researcher" by the Institute for Scientific Information, he is author or co-author of a number of books, articles, chapters, and psychological tests in the areas of trauma, child abuse, and interpersonal violence. His website is www.JohnBriere.com.

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This is a great book that reads really easy and straightforward.
sapphire
Briere has done a very good job of summarizing research and practice regarding the treatment of trauma.
Dr. Leonard S. Stein
I would recommend this book to anyone just starting out in learning about trauma therapy.
Edgar Wing

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Leonard S. Stein on December 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Briere has done a very good job of summarizing research and practice regarding the treatment of trauma. His clinical suggestions are clear, specific, and useful for the clinician.
The major concern I had about the book was that his theoretical underpinning is behavioral, and to a lesser extent cognitive-behavioral. As a result, he ends up at times explaining highly complex phenomena in simple, stimulus-response terms. For example, his conceptualization of the intense emotions experienced during a flashback, or re-experiencing, of a trauma is referred to throughout the book as a "Conditioned Emotional Response." Even the complex set of intersubjective experiences of the patient and therapist are explained within a stimulus-response model. (I was reminded of the early attempt to explain psychoanalysis in behavioral terms by Dollard and Miller.)
Briere also gives very short shrift (less than a page) to the work in EMDR that has proved so useful, albeit controversial, and shows limited understanding of this technique. He is correct, though, to point out that other exposure therapies may work just as well.
Despite these shortcomings, I recommend this book as a very worthwhile addition to the clinician's library because Briere provides a very useful breakdown of the stages of treatment of the victims of trauma, with illustrative examples that render his points in a very clear and concrete manner.
The reader can add his/her own theoretical explanations for the usefulness of his clinical methods.

Leonard S. Stein, Ph.D.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Wing on August 15, 2008
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This is a solid basic reference on the subject. Maybe I underestimated what I already knew about trauma therapy, but I was hoping for a bit more. I would recommend this book to anyone just starting out in learning about trauma therapy. It's sophisticated; don't get me wrong! And this guy is the Master. I was just looking to go deeper into the subtleties of working with people dealing with trauma issues. And more on childhood sexual abuse would have been welcome.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Christian on June 26, 2007
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This is a must have is you work with patients dealing with trauma. It provides an excellent summary of the most recent research and practical recommendations for ideal treatment programs. I used this as a resource in designing my own treatment programs in working with patients dealing with combat stress.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kat-ee on July 9, 2011
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This book was even better than expected! After recommendations by colleagues and attending a workshop by John Briere, I decided to purchase it. It is concise yet contains salient information, and is very easy to read. It is an essential text for clinicians working in a mental health setting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MARSHA SAGE, Ed.D, LPC, ACS on October 2, 2013
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Briere is the best. He is well supported by the research. Easy to follow, a great addition to a library for the treatment of trauma.
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As one who works with families that have children who have experienced Complex Trauma, I found this book very useful. I highly recommend it to anyone who is in the position of trying to help children in the child welfare system. The book is well written and full of practical suggestions and ideas. I was able to begin using material right away.

Other useful books and materials are:

Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide

Creating Capacity For Attachment

Assessing Children with Complex Trauma & Attachment Disorders

Attachment-Focused Family Therapy

The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Nussbaum on July 20, 2008
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One of the best books out there on Trauma. Written more for professionals, it is worth a read for anyone else truly interested in learning about trauma and treatment. It's not a self-help book, but could be a valuable resource for someone seeking treatment or seeking to understand a loved one suffering from the impact of trauma.

For professionals, this book is essential if you work with clients/patients with significant trauma issues.
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John Briere is a preeminent figure in the field of trauma and, with Catherine Scott, has written a brilliant book for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of trauma related disorders. The book is excellently organized, comprehensive in scope, and written with a warmth that reminds the reader that trauma is a very human experience, not just something to be studied in research labs.
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