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Clinical Skills for Managing Acute Psychological Trauma: Effective Early Interventions for Treating Acute Stress Disorder

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By Dr Leah Giarratano B.A. (Hons.), M.Psych., D.Psych.


There is evidence that early treatment of traumatised individuals can reduce the development and severity of posttraumatic stress disorder and common comorbid conditions. Early intervention aims at also ensuring a return to the important roles and routines of those affected by trauma, including a return to work and family functioning. In addition to extensive clinical experience assessing and treating survivors of war, violence, disaster and other traumatic experiences, the author of this manual has trained hundreds of mental health clinicians in the management of psychological trauma, and has written training and treatment programs for military and civilian populations in the management of acute psychological stress conditions. This book contains 10 chapters and 326 pages. It was published in 2004. Book size is 210mm x 150mm.

Topics include:

  • Acute posttraumatic stress reactions (includes acute stress disorder, combat stress reactions, acute stress reaction; epidemiology of acute stress disorder; an exploration of the dissociative features of ASD; the impact of trauma upon memory)
  • Assessment of acute stress reactions
  • Psychoeducation for traumatised clients
  • Arousal reduction: Regaining physiological control (dozens of techniques for reducing hyperarousal, including breathing control strategies, grounding and distraction exercises, relaxation and self-hypnosis exercises, visual imagery and isometrics)
  • Invivo exposure therapy: Reducing avoidance behaviours
  • Exposure therapy for traumatic memories: Reducing re-experiencing symptoms
  • Cognitive restructuring for traumatised patients
  • Targeting resistance: techniques to help motivate clients back to full functioning
  • Self-care for trauma clinicians

The table of contents is as follows:
Chapter 1: Acute posttraumatic stress reactions
Chapter 2: Assessment of acute post-trauma reactions
Chapter 3: Providing psychoeducation
Chapter 4: Treatment frameworks and efficacy
Chapter 5: Arousal Reduction
Chapter 6: In vivo exposure therapy
Chapter 7: Exposure therapy for traumatic memories
Chapter 8: Cognitive therapy
Chapter 9: Acute traumatisation in children and adolescents
Chapter 10: Self care

Note: The following manual completes the above text by providing clinician resources and handouts for distribution to clients. It also includes case plans and answers to the questions posed throughout the text.

Giarratano, L (2004) Managing Psychological Trauma: Clinician and Client Resources for the Clinical Skills Series, Talomin Books, Sydney, Australia, ISBN 1-920902-04-X

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ISBN 978-1-92090-202-5 (Softcover)


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