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What Does and Doesn’t Work in Treating Trauma Victims?  


Author:  Erica  Weissman, J.D., Psy.D..


Source: Volume 05, Number 02, Fall 2012 , pp.183-189(7)




Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Abstract: 

Here, Erica Weissman, who holds advanced degrees in both law and psychology, reviews two books designed to provide guidance to clinicians treating survivors of interpersonal violence. The first, an edited book entitled Effective Treatments for PTSD, serves as a compendium describing the most commonly used interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder, which is tragically common among victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes, as well as a summary and rating of the efficacy of the range of treatments. Such detailed information should serve as a mini-bible for clinicians treating a range of traumarelated reactions. The second book, Treating the Trauma of Rape: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for PTSD, focuses a laser-beam on the school of therapy (as discussed in the first book) with the best empirical support for efficacy. This book is an essential guide and a how-to manual for clinicians looking for state of the art cognitive-behavioral strategies for relieving the psychological trauma associated with sexual assault and other experiences that violate a person’s basic sense of safety in the world.

Keywords: Post-traumatic stress disorder in victims

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