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"The state of the art of treating complex trauma, both the basics and the nuances, as summarized by two wise and sophisticated experts."--Judith Lewis Herman, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"Both authors have worked extensively with survivors of complex trauma, and share their wisdom and experience in this book. At a time when this clinical population is becoming more visible to clinicians, this thoughtful, extensively documented work is a real treasure. The emphasis on therapist self-care and the ways in which the authors underscore the central importance of therapist self-awareness and self-regulation are particularly valuable. This book will be required reading for all of my interns."--Laura S. Brown, PhD, ABPP, Director, Fremont Community Therapy Project, Seattle, Washington

"Courtois and Ford, two internationally acknowledged experts, have written a magnificent book on the nature and phase-oriented treatment of complex trauma. Destined to become an instant classic, the book is illustrated throughout with instructive case material. It is at once an excellent guide for the uninitiated and an outstanding resource for experienced clinicians in the field. As most forms of complex trauma occur in interpersonal relationships, the book's emphasis on the therapeutic relationship as the vehicle for healing contributes to its importance."--Onno van der Hart, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychopathology of Chronic Traumatization, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

"Finally! We have long needed a clinical guidebook that takes treatment providers through the process of therapy for complex posttraumatic stress syndromes, which are among the greatest challenges that professionals encounter. Courtois and Ford's broad and deep clinical experience shines through in their discussion of assessment, engagement, and treatment--as do their optimism, passion, and hope."--Sandra L. Bloom, MD, founder, The Sanctuary Model

"Courtois and Ford provide detailed guidelines for conducting their sequenced treatment approach, from preparation, assessment, and planning, to each of the phases of therapy. The book covers the 'meat and potatoes' of trauma therapy: ensuring client safety, cultivating the therapeutic relationship, and processing trauma memories. It includes strategies from different theoretical approaches and treatment modalities and addresses more complex processes, such as psychic emptiness and dissociation. Written with exceptional clarity, compassion, and respect, and richly illustrated with clinical material, this is an invaluable resource for clinicians."--Sandra C. Paivio, PhD, CPsych, Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

“This is a must-have for any clinician working with patients with trauma on a daily basis and for those therapists who do not necessarily have a specialization in trauma, but would like to get more knowledgeable about complex trauma. It should also be a required textbook for graduate students, especially doctoral level students interested in working in and/or researching PTSD situations.”--Doody’s Review Service
(Doody's Review Service 2013-08-23)

“Courtois and Ford have demonstrated that they are masters of their subject and are masterful in communicating about the treatment of a very difficult patient population and have contributed a masterpiece in their book….This book is not only essential reading for therapists who want to take on the challenge of treating patients with complex trauma but also an excellent source for any professional who engages in psychotherapy. The reader comes away with not only important tools in establishing a meaningful relationship with patients but also a sense of the gratification that results from treating patients and being a partner in their growth and development.”--Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
(Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2014-03-01)

About the Author

Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, is a counseling psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC. She is immediate past president of Division 56 (Psychological Trauma) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and past Clinical and Training Director and cofounder of The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program, also in Washington. Dr. Courtois is a recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to Professional Practice Award from APA Division 56, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), among other honors. She has published numerous books, book chapters, and articles on trauma-related topics.

Julian D. Ford, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Child Trauma Clinic and of the Center for Trauma Response, Recovery, and Preparedness. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and serves on the board of directors of the ISTSS. With Dr. Courtois, Dr. Ford is a recipient of the Print Media Award from the ISSTD for their coedited volume Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders; he has also published several other books on trauma-related topics. Dr. Ford developed and conducts research on the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) psychosocial intervention for adolescents, adults, and families.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 378 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (November 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462506585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462506583
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Neurofan on December 2, 2014
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The authors obviously are well versed in the trauma disorders and therapeutic treatment of them. They break trauma down into two facets with one caused from personal attacks in childhood and the other of an impersonal nature. They follow the same path that other excellent authors have in presenting the most up to date material on the subject that is available. This is an important book with a vast amount of information. I love how it's laid out and is simple to read for those that do understand the complex trauma disorders. I don't want to be bored to death. I want new information and these authors give it to me. Chapter 1 begins with an introduction to the basics of trauma and chapter 2 builds on this and introduces classification problems and offers solutions. After the first two chapters which are a brilliant introduction to neurology and the traumatized mind/brain, the authors then move on to therapeutic interventions, which is probably what most buy the book for. Chapter 3 offers a details, and I mean really detailed, way of dealing with troublesome clients. I give them a high 5 for that chapter and chuckle at the same time. Beyond chapter 3 the book has a focus on therapy and the authors have detailed it with precision that I have not seen elsewhere. I was left with few questions after reading this section. Overall this is an excellent book, but it's heavy reading for the average therapist. I do wish all therapists would read at this level and beyond though.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Davis on May 5, 2013
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This book captures the interest of the clinician; is very practical in its approach and integrates the various components of treatment. Probably the first of its kind to emphasize the importance of the relationship between client and therapist.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cocoapup916 on January 13, 2014
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While being addressed to therapists, this book provides excellent information regarding the experience of complex trauma useful for both trauma victims and family members.
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The book does not compare with this psychologist tremendous energy she presents in person. We had her as a keynote speaker for a state convention and she was wonderful. Her book reads like a textbook. I am an experienced therapist and I can only read a little of the book at one time. She packed more information into an hour of keynote and then a workshop than I can get from the book. Very disapointing but I will use it for reference to specific situations with patients and that should be helpful.
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