Substantially expanded and updated, this classic volume provides therapists with detailed information on how to treat sexual abuse survivors more effectively. Dr. Briere offers an integrated theory of postabuse symptom development and suggests certain core phenomena that account for many of the psychosocial difficulties associated with childhood sexual abuse.
The second edition includes more information on effective trauma therapy, such as
issues related to the false memory/recovered memory controversy;
gender-related differences in abuse trauma;
transference and countertransference;
the application of behavior theory to treatment intervention.
A nationally known expert in the field, Dr. Briere has written an ideal source book for mental health professionals.
This second editionadmirably achieves its stated goal of advancing the treatment of adult survivors of abuse and supports the therapist in this most important endeavor.
- from the Foreword by Christine A. Courtois, PhD
Director of Clinical Training
The Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Foreword by Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D
The Lasting Effects of Sexual Abuse
Hysteria, Borderline Personality Disorder, and False Memory Syndrome
The Core Effects of Severe Abuse
Philosophy of Treatment
Vagaries of the Therapeutic Relationship: Transference and Countertransference
Specific Therapy Principles and Techniques
The Specific Problem of Client Dissociation During Therapy
Teasing the Dragon: The Fruits of Confronting Severe Abuse
Client Gender Issues
About the Author:
John Briere, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and a clinical psychologist at the Department of Emergency Psychiatric Services of LAC-USC Medical Center. He is author of editor of five books, two psychological tests, and numerous articles in the areas of child abuse, psychological trauma, and interpersonal violence. Dr. Briere is on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals and is on the board of directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). He consults to local, national and international agencies on the topics of trauma, violence, and research methodology, and regularly presents workshops on the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma.