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Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Adults: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models, Second Edition
Edited by Julian D. Ford and Christine A. Courtois | Foreword by Judith Lewis Herman | Afterword by Bessel A. van der Kolk
Guilford Press / Softcover / Apr 2020
9781462543625 (ISBN-10: 1462543626)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Psychotherapy
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632 pages
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This authoritative reference on complex traumatic stress disorders (CTSDs) and their assessment and treatment has now been significantly revised with more than 75% new material reflecting a decade of advances in the field. Leading experts delve into ways to understand, engage, assess, and treat adults with complex trauma histories, whose symptoms often include but may go well beyond those of posttraumatic stress disorder. The volume presents cutting-edge theory and research on CTSDs, considers diagnostic controversies, and identifies core elements of effective, culturally responsive treatment. Established and emerging therapies specifically tailored to this population are described and illustrated with vivid case examples. Other highlights are chapters on transtheoretical treatment, the crucial role of professionalism and training, and recognizing and managing vicarious traumatization.

New to This Edition

*Incorporates major advances in research and clinical practice.
*Chapters on additional evidence-based individual treatments: prolonged exposure therapy, cognitive therapy, cognitive processing therapy, brief eclectic psychotherapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, narrative exposure therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, emotion-focused therapy, and the TARGET recovery model.
*Chapters on additional evidence-based group and conjoint family therapy models: attachment-based couple therapy and integrated treatment of co-occurring CTSDs and substance use disorders.
*Chapters on promising treatments: treatment for structural dissociation, experiential/somatotherapy approaches, mindfulness approaches, and complementary healing therapies.


"This comprehensive work delves into the assessment and treatment of the wide symptom array associated with developmental trauma. The book provides incredible depth, breadth, and cutting-edge research on CTSDs. This fully revised second edition will be the leading text for years to come. A 'must read' for all clinicians, trainees, and researchers working in the area of complex traumatic stress."--Ruth A. Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor and Harris–Woodman Chair in Mind–Body Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Western University, Canada

"Ford and Courtois are among the most knowledgeable authorities in the complex trauma field today. This volume provides a thorough update on the clinical and scientific controversies surrounding CTSDs in adults, as well as the rapidly expanding evidence base. Exciting theoretical and research developments on the neurobiology of the survival brain, complex PTSD, self-regulation, developmental trauma, vicarious trauma, and posttraumatic resilience are highlighted and translated into practical guidelines for culturally responsive clinical practice. I highly recommend this second edition as a valuable resource, both for students learning about complex trauma for the first time and for practitioners who wish to stay up to date on knowledge and treatment approaches."--David L. Corwin, MD, Professor and Director of Forensic Services, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine

"Essential reading for practitioners in all disciplines who work with trauma-affected populations. Edited and written by international leaders in the area, the volume provides deep insight into the nature and phenomenology of CTSDs and details an array of expert approaches to intervention. This work--combining the current best science and practice--is an outstanding reference for any clinician working to improve the lives of those experiencing CTSDs."--David Forbes, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne; Director, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

"The definitive international handbook on CTSDs. This superb book yields wonderful insights into the therapeutic treatment of an important but difficult-to-treat group of patients. Every reader from a health care profession can learn something from it. Experts who have been working in the field of complex trauma for decades are complemented by highly respected scholars on classic PTSD. The case studies and therapy dialogues in the various treatment chapters are highly practical."--Andreas Maercker, PhD, MD, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Chair, ICD-11 working group on trauma-associated disorders

Table of Contents:

Foreword, Judith Lewis Herman

I. Overview

1. Defining and Understanding Complex Trauma and Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders, Julian D. Ford & Christine A. Courtois

2. Developmental Neurobiology, Julian D. Ford

3. Best Practices in Psychotherapy for Adults, Christine A. Courtois, Julian D. Ford, Marylene Cloitre, & Ulrich Schnyder

4. Therapeutic Alliance and Risk Management, Christine A. Courtois

5. Evidence-Based Psychological Assessment of the Sequelae of Complex Trauma, Joseph Spinazzola & John Briere

6. Assessing and Treating Complex Dissociative Disorders, Kathy Steele & Onno van der Hart

7. Cultural Humility and Spiritual Awareness, Laura S. Brown

8. New Perspectives on Vicarious Traumatization and Complex Trauma, Laurie Anne Pearlman, James Caringi, & Ashley R. Trautman

II. Evidence-Supported Individual Treatment Modalities and Models

9. Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Elizabeth Hembree & Edna B. Foa

10. Cognitive Therapy, Anke Ehlers & Hannah Murray

11. Cognitive Processing Therapy, Kathleen M. Chard, Ellen T. Healy, & Colleen E. Martin

12. Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy, Berthold Gersons, Mirjam J. Nijdam, Geert E. Smid, & Ulrich Schnyder

13. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, Deborah L. Korn & Francine Shapiro

14. Narrative Exposure Therapy, Maggie Schauer, Katy Robjant, Thomas Elbert, & Frank Neuner

15. Emotion-Focused Therapy, Sandra C. Paivio & Lynne E. Angus

16. Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Ari Lowell, Andrea Lopez-Yianilos, & John C. Markowitz

17. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Christie Jackson, Kore Nissenson, & Marylene Cloitre

18. Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy, Julian D. Ford

III. Group/Conjoint Therapy Models

19. Group Therapy, Julian D. Ford

20. Dual-Trauma Attachment-Based Couple Therapy, Pamela C. Alexander

21. Family Systems Therapy, Julian D. Ford

22. Complex Trauma and Addiction Treatment, Denise Hien, Lisa Caren Litt, Teresa López-Castro, & Lesia M. Ruglass

IV. Emerging Psychotherapy Models

23. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Pat Ogden

24. Experiential Approaches, Janina Fisher

25. Mindfulness Approaches, Barbara L. Niles, Sarah Krill Williston, & DeAnna L. Mori

26. Complementary Healing Therapies, Stefanie F. Smith & Julian D. Ford

Epilogue: Overview and Future Directions in Treatment for Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders, Julian D. Ford & Christine A. Courtois

Afterword, Bessel A. van der Kolk

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors:

Julian D. Ford, PhD, ABPP, a clinical psychologist, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he is Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice and the Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders. He is 2018/n-/2019 President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and European Journal of Psychotraumatology. Dr. Ford has published more than 250 articles and book chapters. He is coeditor of Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Adults, Second Edition, and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents, and coauthor of Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach. His research focuses on developmental trauma disorder and the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) therapeutic intervention.

Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, a counseling psychologist, is retired from clinical practice and now serves as a consultant/trainer on trauma psychology and treatment. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Courtois is a past president of APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and served as Chair of the APA’s Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adults. She has received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Independent Practice from the APA, the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Award for Distinguished Service and Contributions to the Profession of Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, and the APA Division 56 Lifetime Achievement Award. She is coeditor of Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Adults, Second Edition, and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents, and coauthor of Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach.

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