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Trauma, Bonding and Family Constellations
Ruppert, Franz
Green Balloon Publishing / Softcover / 2008-11-01 / 0955968305
Trauma / Couple & Family Studies
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356 pages
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Franz Ruppert's book explores the different types of trauma experience, along with the bonding theories of John Bowlby and attachment work of Mary Ainsworth and others, forming a multigenerational picture of the dynamics of trauma.

Experiences of trauma can be so painful as to cause a split in the personality. It is impossible for a mother or father to avoid passing something of their own traumatic experiences on to their children through the process of bonding. These are the deeper feelings, perceptions, thoughts and embodied ways of being which form the residue of the trauma.

Informed by his clinical experience Franz Ruppert introduces his insights into the origins of psychological distress. He has developed a unique way of working sensitively with Constellations to reveal and resolve the hidden dynamics of past trauma.

Table of Contents:

PART I: Trauma, Bonding and a Multigenerational Perspective

Chapter 1: Psychological Disorders
1.1 The Unexplained Origins of Psychological Disorders
1.2 Inadequate Theories and Treatments

Chapter 2: Multigenerational Systemic Psychotraumatology
2.1 Basic Assumptions for Multigenerational Systemic Psychotraumatology (MSP)
2.2 Bonding and Trauma: Three Principles

Chapter 3: Psychological and Emotional Bonding
3.1 Bonding relationships as the Basis of Human Existence
3.2 Types of Bonded Relationships
3.3 Psychological Health and Entanglements of the Soul

Chapter 4: Psychological Trauma
4.1 Introduction
4.2 A Definition of Trauma
4.3 Types of Trauma
4.4 Experiencing and Treating Trauma
4.5 The Post-Trauma Consequences
4.6 The Transmission of Trauma Experiences over Generations
4.7 Four Types of Trauma and their Core Emotional Conflicts

Chapter 5: Existential Trauma
5.1 Introduction to Existential Trauma
5.2 Effects on the following Generation
5.3 Particular Issues of the Legacy of Existential Trauma

Chapter 6: Loss Trauma
6.1 Introduction to Loss Trauma
6.2 Different Types of Loss Trauma
6.3 Loss Trauma and its Effect on Subsequent Generations

Chapter 7: Bonding Trauma
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Development of Bonding Trauma
7.3 Particular Issues to do with Bonding Trauma
7.4 Consequences of Bonding Trauma
7.5 The Effects of Bonding Trauma on Subsequent Generations

Chapter 8: Bonding System Trauma
8.1 Introduction: Keeping or Revealing Family Secrets
8.2 Trauma of the Whole Bonding System
8.3 The Effects of Bonding System Trauma on Subsequent Generations
8.4 Multiple and Sequential Traumas

PART II: The Methodology of Systemic Constellations

Chapter 9: Introduction to Systemic Constellations
9.1 The Constellations Process
9.2 Bert Hellinger and the Development of Family constellations
9.3 My Own Journey as a Constellations Facilitator
9.4 Method, Context, Theory and Facilitator
9.5 A Small Research Study on the Effectiveness of Constellations

Chapter 10: Constellations in the Therapy of Bonding Disorders and Trauma
10.1 Therapy of Bonding Disorders
10.2 Trauma Therapy

Chapter 11: Future Considerations

Appendix 1: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – DSM IV
Appendix 2: Panic Disorder – DSM IV
Appendix 3: Depression – DSM IV
Appendix 4: Dissent among Experts as to the Gruesome Reality of the Concentration Camps
Appendix 5: Trauma Theories and Trauma Therapy


About the Author:

Franz Ruppert is Professor of Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, a post he has held since 1992. He gained his PhD in Work and Organisational Psychology at the Technical University of Munich in 1985.

Since 1995 he has focused on psychotherapeutic work and specifically on the causes of psychosis, schizophrenia and other forms of severe mental illness. He has combined with this his interest in bonding and attachment theories and modern trauma work in order to understand better the effect of traumatic events, not just for those who suffer the event, but on whole bonding systems such as families.

He came into contact with the Systemic constellations work of Bert Hellinger in Germany in the mid-'90s and since then has utilised this methodology in order to work with clients and understand the subtle and hidden dynamics of trauma in systems.

Franz Ruppert teaches trauma theory at the University of Applied Sciences, works with individuals and facilitates workshops in Germany and many other countries including the UK.

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