Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders : An Evidence-Based Guide

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-05
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Adults with a history of childhood abuse or family violence often come to therapy with complex symptoms that go beyond existing criteria for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This book presents the latest thinking on complex traumatic stress disorders and provides practical guidelines for conceptualization and treatment.

Author Biography

Christine A. Courtois, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC. She is cofounder and past Clinical and Training Director of The Center: Posttraumatic Disorders Program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, and past Codirector of the Maryland Psychological Association’s Post-Doctoral Institute on Psychological Trauma. Dr. Courtois has authored three books, including Healing the Incest Wound, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Among her most recent awards are the Outstanding Contributions to Professional Practice Award from Division 56 (Psychological Trauma) of the American Psychological Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Courtois routinely conducts professional training locally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to traumatic stress.


Julian D. Ford, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Director of the University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic and Center for Trauma Response Recovery and Preparedness. He has developed the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) treatment model for adult, adolescent, and child traumatic stress disorders, and conducts research on psychotherapy and family therapy, health services utilization, psychometric screening and assessment, and psychiatric epidemiology. Dr. Ford has coedited two other recent books, Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience, and Recovery and The Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Overviewp. 11
Defining and Understanding Complex Trauma and Complex Traumatic Stress Disordersp. 13
Neurobiological and Developmental Research: Clinical Implicationsp. 31
Best Practices in Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescentsp. 59
Best Practices in Psychotherapy for Adultsp. 82
Assessment of the Sequelae of Complex Trauma: Evidence-Based Measuresp. 104
Assessment of Attachment and Abuse History, and Adult Attachment Stylep. 124
Treating Dissociationp. 145
Cultural Competencep. 166
Therapeutic Alliance and Risk Managementp. 183
Living and Working Self-Reflectively to Address Vicarious Traumap. 202
Individual Treatment Approaches and Strategiesp. 225
Contextual Therapyp. 227
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapyp. 243
Contextual Behavior Trauma Therapyp. 264
Experiential and Emotion-Focused Therapyp. 286
Sensorimotor Psychotherapyp. 312
Pharmacotherapyp. 329
Systemic Treatment Approaches And Strategiesp. 351
Internal Family Systems Therapyp. 353
Couple Therapyp. 371
Family Systems Therapyp. 391
Group Therapyp. 415
Conclusion: The Clinical Utility of a Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders Frameworkp. 441
Afterwordp. 455
Indexp. 467
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