Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma is a skills-based manual filled with practical and applied approaches for counsellors and other professionals working with those suffering from complex trauma - survivors of child abuse, neglect, sexual violence, CSA, sexual trafficking, religious sexual abuse, and torture.
Written in an accessible style, this manual gives a comprehensive introduction to complex trauma and practical advice on how to work with it, manage trauma symptoms and encourage post traumatic growth. Topics include: understanding the role of dissociation in complex trauma; understanding the role of attachment; managing flashbacks, panic attacks, nightmares and dissociation; managing shame and guilt; and managing relationships. It explores how practitioners can work more effectively with trauma, and the techniques and skills discussed can easily be adopted or incorporated into your preferred therapeutic model. Also addressed is the importance of counsellor self-care to minimise vicarious traumatisation and secondary traumatic stress.
Designed with highlighted top tips, warnings and exercises to aid reference and memory, this is an essential guide for all professionals working with child and adult survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Part I: Understanding Complex Trauma. 1. Understanding Trauma and Complex Trauma. 2. Understanding Trauma Symptoms. 3. Understanding the Role of Dissociation. 4. Understanding the Role of Attachment. Part II: Working with Complex Trauma. 5. Safe Trauma Therapy. 6. Therapeutic Challenges. 7. Building and Maintaining the Therapeutic Relationship. 8. The Process of Recovery and Healing. Part III: Skills to Manage Complex Trauma Symptoms. 9. Establishing Safety and Control. 10. Skills to Improve Daily Life. 11. Managing Sensations, Feelings and Grounding Skills. 12. Managing Flashbacks, Panic Attacks, Nightmares and Dissociation. 13. Managing Negative Thoughts and Beliefs. 14. Managing Memories. 15. Managing Shame and Guilt. 16. Managing Self-Harm. 17. Managing Boundaries. 18. Managing Relationships. 19. Managing Sexuality. 20. Managing Loss and Mourning. Part IV: Post Traumatic Growth. 21. Restoring Reality and Expressing Needs. 22. Relapse Prevention. 23. Reconnecting to Self and Post traumatic Growth. Part V: Professional Issues. 24. Practitioner Self Care. Appendices.Trauma Assessment Scales. Resources and Trauma Assessment. Organisations. References. Index.
About the Author:
Christiane Sanderson is a lecturer in Psychology at London University, Birkbeck College, and Consultant in the School of Human and Life Sciences, Roehampton University. With 20 years' experience working in child sexual abuse, interpersonal abuse and trauma, she has run consultancy and training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, and the Metropolitan Police Service.