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Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress: A Psychosocial Perspective on PTSD and Treatment 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0471968013
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has received considerable attention over the last few years, yet there is still ongoing debate concerning its causes and possible treatment. Students, practitioners and researchers in health psychology, clinical psychology, social work, psychiatry, and counselling will appreciate this interesting synthesis of concepts and knowledge in post-traumatic stress studies. Offering an innovative contribution to the field, the authors show that post-traumatic stress reactions are not caused by the traumatic event alone, but that psychosocial factors play a vital part for individual outcomes. An understanding of the role of these psychosocial factors in the development of PTSD will enable clinicians to improve therapeutic intervention. This book provides that understanding by drawing on existing theories to present an integrative model of psychosocial adaptation to trauma. This model can then be applied to understanding and treating reactions to a broad range of stressful events. Case studies throughout the book help illustrate the theoretical issues as well as the treatment aspects.

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Pat Williams is senior vice-president of the NBA's Orlando Magic, one of America's top motivational speakers, the host of a weekly sports radio show, and the author of over thirty books, including "Go for the Magic. "Ruth Williams is a consultant with FranklinCovey Company and the co-author of "How to be Like Women of Influence. "Together, they are the parents of nineteen children, including fourteen adopted from four nations. The Williams family has been featured on all major television networks, the "Focus on the Family" radio broadcast, and in numerous publications including "Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, Family Circle, "and "The Wall Street Journal,"

Danielle Joseph was a college DJ for five years on the Gyroscope, a world music show. She also interned at several top Boston radio stations while earning her BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College. She has taught Creative Writing and English to Middle school students. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Danielle now lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two young sons. These days you can find her cruising around with the tunes blaring and her internal DJ hard at work.

P. ALEX LINLEY is at the School of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK. He is a founding member of the European Network for Positive Psychology, and served as its chair from 2002--2004. His research interests span the applications of positive psychology in professional practice and everyday life.

STEPHEN JOSEPH is at the University of Warwick, where he is the research tutor in the clinical psychology training program. He has published numerous articles on the psychology of trauma and is coauthor (with William Yule and Ruth Williams) of Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress: A Psychosocial Perspective on PTSD and Treatment (Wiley). Dr. Joseph also has a part-time private psychotherapy practice specializing in positive therapeutic approaches.

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Stephen Joseph, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham where he is convener for the counselling and psychotherapy group. His scholarly research interests include positive psychology, psychotherapy and psychological trauma. His latest book, What Doesn't Kill Us (Basic Books) was released in paperback in 2013.

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