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Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide (Go-To Guides for Mental Health) Paperback – April 11, 2011
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“[A] thorough and useful overview for the beginning therapist or clinical trainee . . . . The book’s strengths include the use of case examples running through the chapters and a sophisticated clinical perspective based on extensive experience and a thoughtful approach to challenges that must be handled sensitively in order to do no harm and provide effective psychotherapy with psychological trauma survivors.”
- Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
“[A] reference book for clinician and client alike. Rothschild has successfully taken the enormously complex subject of trauma therapy and recovery and broken it down into smaller and much more digestible pieces. Rothschild’s book has excelled in achieving its goal of being a sound readable manual; seasoned clinicians, clients just beginning trauma therapy and everyone else in between will find this book helpful and informative.”
“[A] clearly-written and accessible book for anyone suffering from trauma-related disorders, and for their therapists. Babette Rothschild covers psychological effects of traumatizing experiences (especially PTSD), introduces several approaches and adjuncts to treatment, and helps individuals determine how to tell if a treatment works for them. She wisely emphasizes the individuality of successful treatment.”
- David V. Baldwin, PhD, www.trauma-pages.com
“I found this book to be an excellent review and summary for the experienced clinician as well as a solid introduction to the field for any new therapist of trainee… [T]his book belongs on every practitioner’s bookshelf.”
- American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry Newsletter
“This timely and easy-to-read handbook introduces the basics of trauma treatment to the consumer and to the professional who may be new to the field. . . . This accessible and concise reference book will be beneficial for anyone exploring his or her therapy options, and seeking information on treatments for trauma-related disorders.”
- The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
About the Author
Babette Rothschild, MSW, has been a practitioner since 1976 and a teacher and trainer since 1992. She is a bestselling author of six books, all published by WW Norton and translated into more than a dozen languages. She is also the creator and Series Editor of the 8 Keys to Mental Health Series. After living and working for 9 years in Copenhagen, Denmark she returned to her native Los Angeles where she is writing her next books while she continues to lecture, train, consult, and supervise professional psychotherapists of all sorts worldwide.
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The facts are that life-threatening incidents are going to cause you problems that may last long after the incident occurs. There is also something called delayed-onset PTSD that can occur years after the trauma. You may think you are fine until one day you start having panic attacks. You may also become very sympathetic to the plight of others like the recent tsunami in Japan. How many of us watched the videos at youtube with a sense of horror?
With this said, this book only deals with "psychological" trauma. The topics of ASD (Acute Stress Disorder which is short-lived) and PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) are discussed. There is a brief explanation of brain functions and how stress causes parts of the brain to shut down.
The author spends at least a third of the book explaining trauma and then discusses how to treat PTSD. I think the author makes a good point about not forcing a client into remembering traumatic events if they don't wish to remember them. Instead she suggests that you can teach tools for daily living. She also talks a bit about yoga and meditation.
I was surprised by the information that morphine can be used to prevent PTSD. The book doesn't really go into detail about the use of morphine but just presents it as a fact.
If you are a therapist who is interested in treating patients suffering from trauma then this is a good introduction to the topic and treatments. If you are a client/patient then I'd suggest you get Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists instead.
~The Rebecca Review