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Transforming Trauma: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 1st Edition

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About the Author

Dr. Salter received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University and obtained a Masters Degree in Child Study from Tufts. She was a Teaching Fellow at both Universities. Dr. Salter has lived in Madison Wisconsin since 1996 and consults half time to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In addition, she lectures and consults on sex offenders and victims throughout the United States and abroad. She has keynoted conferences on sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and England. In all, she has conducted trainings in 50 states and 10 countries. Dr. Salter also evaluates sex offenders for civil commitment proceedings and other purposes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (May 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080395509X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803955097
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Salter's "Transforming Trauma" is a must-read for survivors, therapists and anyone interested in the field. She starts off with an often overlooked component of the abuser/victim cycle -- getting into the mind and thought pattern of the abuser. It is *essential* to thorougly understand this, for it is only then that the competent therapist can truly help the victim. The abusers are masters of introjecting their sick thought patterns into the victim's mind, and any help at recovery must begin with teasing out that subtle "other voice" -- so subtle, the victim might not even recognize that he/she has heard it ever since the abuse.
Even therapists who have experience in this area would do well to read this book. It goes into some typical pitfalls in which well-meaning therapists-- unwittingly -- fail their clientele. A particularly good section deals with how to help the client move from victim to survivor and beyond -- to thriving person. It is powerful, direct, readable even from a non-clinical point of view.
Some political questions are raised about so-called "false memory" syndrome, statutes of limitations, prison/rehabilitation for perpetrators, and an excellent section regarding apologies from perps--and how they can go wrong.
I can't rate this highly enough. Please, read this book!
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I'm not a therapist, just a sexual abuse survivor with access to a university library. This book was both comprehensible and original, and most of all, several of its concepts just clicked with me as the best explanations I'd ever heard for some of my own behaviors. Most notably, her discussion of the sadistic vs. the nonsadistic abuser, and the different effects they leave on their victims' psyches, described my situation better than anything else I'd ever read about abuse survivors (and that's nearly everything in the university library). Fascinating and useful.
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I am a physican and mentalhealth professional, and I was found the book to be one of the better books on the subject because, for the first time, brought you into the mind set of the perpetrators AND the victims.

However, the first half of the book, that deals with the perpetrators, was disturbing mainly bc the quotes the various perpetrators. The quote where simply chilling.

I caution anyone reading this book, bc the quote alone could cause vicarious trauma in the reader.
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As a survivor, I can tell you that Anna Salter knows what she is talking about. Reading her book was like spending time with a person who is wise, informed, experienced, witty and kind. Even, at times, poetic. When I finished reading, I felt known and respected. Helen Bonner, author of The Laid Daughter (Amazon.com)
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Dr. Salter has written another excellent book. I began reading this book after I read her book entitled, "Predators". Dr. Anna Salter has a unique understanding of the victims because she has taken the time and energy to interview the predators. She has interviewed rapists, murderers, and child molesters who are in prison. The offenders do not even consider what the victim is feeling. They think only of themselves. The victims think of what the person who did this to them might be feeling. They also tend to blame themselves.

Dr. Salter has many years experience treating victims of sexual abuse. She has also attempted to understand the thinking pattern of the predators.

One of the most enlightening thoughts included in this book would be that victims spend the rest of their lives trying to feel safe.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has experienced sexual abuse and to all of the people who counsel sexual abuse victims.

Dr. Salter references many sources for her book. I would estimate that she referenced at least 100 books. I appreciated that she learned from what others had written and chose to share those insights.
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The statistics in this book on offenders are absolutely mind-boggling and Salter's research on offenders is worth the price of the book. That is not to say Salter is sympathetic in any way with offenders, but I do think she shows real genius in including this information, particularly given that persons who are abused may introject the abuser . . .

A must have, thorough, well-written, and riveting look at the perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse.

Highly recommended.
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The issue of child sexual abuse has been the subject of too many books! Not because the topic is of little relevance, but because too many professionals and amateurs alike attack the problem from a limited perspective. The professional is shackled by the conventions of this or that psychological perspective - so their work is more an attempt to make the trauma of abuse fit into the cannon of their school of thought. The amateur similarly generally has found a single perspective. Salter has approached the topic with compassion and a thoroughness that is nothing short of therapeutic. She gives perspectives that allow someone who now lives with one burdened by child sexual abuse the ability recognize how this special human relates to the patterns of trauma resulting from their victimization. I consider this to be the most important book on the topic I have encountered.
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