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Melanie Duckworth
Retraumatization. Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention
Exposure to potentially traumatic events puts individuals at risk for developing a variety of psychological disorders; the complexities involved in treating them are numerous and have serious repercussions. How should diagnostic criteria be defined? How can we help a client who does not present with traditional PTSD symptoms? The mechanisms of human behavior need to be understood and treatment needs to be tested before we can move beyond traditional diagnostic criteria in designing and implementing treatment.

No better guide than Retraumatization exists to fulfill these goals. The editors and contributors, all highly regarded experts, accomplish six objectives, to:

define retraumatization
outline the controversies related to it
provide an overview of theoretical models
present data related to the frequency of occurrence of different forms of trauma
detail the most reliable strategies for assessment
to provide an overview of treatments.

Contained within is the most current information on prevention and treatment approaches for specific populations. All chapters are uniformly structured and address epidemiological data, clinical descriptions, assessment, diagnosis and prognosis, and prevention. It is an indispensible resource that expands readers’ knowledge and skills, and will encourage dialogue in a field that has many unanswered questions.

“This text contains the most cutting-edge information on issues related to retraumatization. It examines issues specific to particular populations and provides recommendations for reducing the risk of retraumatization and targeting its associated consequences. It has the potential to stimulate research and inform the delivery of clinical services.” – Susan M. Orsillo, Suffolk University, Massachusetts, USA

“This unique volume tackles the neglected areas of revictimization and retraumatization, areas that currently pose the greatest challenges to trauma theory and practice.” – Chris Brewin, University College, London, UK

“The range of theoretical perspectives and the coverage of the scientific and clinical evidence concerning retraumatization in this book is unprecedented and will be an invaluable resource for researchers, clinicians, educators, and students for many years to come.” – Julian D. Ford, University of Connecticut Health Center, USA

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