Information for Professionals

    Treatment Guidelines

    These links go to professional organizations.

    Books for Clinicians
    Books for treating PTSD, trauma, abuse and dissociat from

    Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity - treating DID and DDNOS
    This book explains Dissociative Identity Disorder and the different stages of dissociation leading up to it, the conflicting models of the human mind that have been found to try and understand it, the political conflict over the subject, and, with the permission of patients, clinical accounts.
    The Body Keeps the Score - Bessel van der Kolk on Trauma
    Bessel A. van der Kolk reveals how trauma literally rearranges the brain's wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.
    The Child Survivor - Treating dissociation in children and young people
    A clinically rich, comprehensive overview of the treatment of children and adolescents who have developed dissociative symptoms in response to ongoing developmental trauma. Includes how to assess Dissociative Disorders in young people.
    Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation - DID and DDNOS self-help book
    Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists
    Suzette Boon, Onno van der Hart and Kathy Steele
    ISBN 039370646X
    A training manual for patients which can be used in individual therapy or structured groups. Includes both information and exercises to improve internal communication and collaboration between dissociative parts in DID, and to address the impact of dissociation and PTSD in everyday life.
    Counselling skills for working wih trauma book cover
    A skills-based manual filled with practical and applied approaches for professionals working with complex trauma. The book includes a range of issues from how to manage trauma symptoms, through to post traumatic growth and self-care.
    Effective Treatments for PTSD Second Edition
    Written by the ISTSS PTSD Guidelines Task Force, this is the definitive best-practice reference for professionals working with trauma. Each treatment is given an evidence-based rating and new information on child and adolescent treatment is included.
    EMDR: Within a Phase Model of Trauma-Informed Treatment
    A systematic approach to trauma-informed treatment, including how to prepare clients for EMDR. The reader is led step by step through the treatment process, with hands-on exercises to learn each skill. Suitable for clinicians already trained in EMDR, those actively learning EMDR, and mental health professionals. Note that to practice EMDR requires formal supervised training.
    Psychiatrist David Yeung gives detailed guidance for working with DID, including working directly with alters, and highlighting pitfalls to avoid. He elucidates practical and easily accessible techniques to help these traumatized patients heal. By processing the impact of their past traumatic memory, DID patients may reclaim their present. Contextual Case histories are given in Volume 1.
    The Haunted Self book
    The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization
    Onno van der Hart, Ellert R.S.Nijenhuis, Kathy Steele
    ISBN 0393704017
    Three top traumatologists describe the theory of structural dissociation of the personality. A model of phase-oriented treatment is presented that focuses on the identifting and treating structural dissociation, and related maladaptive mental and behavioral actions. This book fully explains Apparently Normal Parts and Emotional Parts of the personality, and the different levels of dissociation found from PTSD through to DID.
    The Healing Power of Play
    This book describes how therapists can both facilitate constructive play therapy and intervene in posttraumatic play to help children who have been traumatized by abuse or neglect achieve a positive resolution
    Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control by Alison Miller
    A practical, task-oriented, instructional manual designed to help therapists provide effective treatment for survivors of these most extreme forms of child abuse and mental manipulation. Prior knowledge of complex Dissociative Disorders and attachment is needed.
    Interventions following Mass Disasters and Violence book cover
    This essential volume presents practical guidelines for effective clinical intervention in the immediate, intermediate, and long-term aftermath of large-scale traumatic event
    Structured Clinical Interview for Dissociative Disorders Interviewer's Guide book cover
    This very detailed interview provides clinicians with clear guidance for assessing all Dissociative Disorders and rating their severity. Clinical examples and given and carefully explained. Designed to be used by trained clinicians, and in conjunction with the SCID-D-R 5 book packs.
    Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation book cover
    This book provides a comprehensive overview of dissociative symptoms and disorders, as well as an introduction to the use of the SCID-D- a diagnostic interview for the dissociative disorders. It includes chapters on differential diagnosis, a discussion of the relationship between dissociation and trauma, and a sample patient interview.
    Posttraumatic and Acute Stress Disorders book cover
    Who is at risk for developing PTSD? What is the likelihood of recovery? What is the difference between PTSD and other acute stress disorders? How do you differentiate PTSD from other disorders with similar symptoms? This book provides answers to these questions.
    Rebuilding Shattered Lives Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders book cover
    Updated to include developments in the treatment of complex PTSD, neurobiology, crisis management, and psychopharmacology, plus the impact of early attachment relationships, and disorganized attachment. An essential guide for every therapist working with clients who have suffered severe trauma.
    Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder book cover
    A step-by-step guide to teaching clients four sets of skills: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.
    Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman
    Trauma and Recovery
    Judith Herman Lewis
    ISBN 0465087302
    Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context.
    Treating Compassion Fatigue (secondary traumatization) book cover
    Treating Compassion Fatigue
    Charles R. Figley (Ed)
    ISBN 1583910530
    Professionals often suffer from secondary traumatic stress, also known as vicarious traumatization or compassion fatigue. This book aids the identification, assessment, and treatment of compassion fatigue.
    Treating Complex Traumatic Stress in Adults book cover
    Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (Adults): An Evidence-Based Guide
    Christine A. Courtois, Julian D. Ford (Eds)
    ISBN 1606237322
    Contributors review the research that supports the conceptualization of complex traumatic stress as distinct from PTSD. They explore the pathways by which chronic trauma can affect psychological development, attachment security, and adult relationships.
    Treating Complex Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents book cover
    Examines the nature of complex psychological trauma in children and adolescents and the clinical challenges it presents. Includes clinical innovations and cutting-edge research on child and adolescent brain development, attachment, and emotion regulation, and discusses diagnostic criteria, including those from DSM-IV and DSM-5
    Treating PTSD in Military Personnel book cover
    Chapters thoroughly describe available therapies, psychosocial and pharmalogical treatment options, and use illustrative case examples to demonstrate the treatments in action. The norms and values of military culture are discussed. Also addresses common co-occurring problems in veterans, such as traumatic brain injury and substance abuse.
    Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder by Elizabeth F. Howell
    This book explains dissociation theory and research, including the dynamic unconscious, trauma theory, attachment, and neuroscience. It covers identifying and diagnosising Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and outlines a phase-oriented treatment plan, which includes facilitating a co-constructed therapeutic relationship, emphasizing the multiplicity of transferences, countertransferences, and kinds of potential enactments.
    Understanding Military Sexual Trauma book cover
    Unfortunately, many women and men leave the military with conflicting emotional and physical feelings about their “honorable endeavor,” as betrayal, disloyalty, pain, wounds, mistrust, and the list continues. The experiences are horrific, shocking, appalling, awful, repulsive and atrocious. Yet, most were not inflicted by some foreign enemy, but within the very ranks they served, by their brothers and/or sisters-in-arms.
    Working with relational and developmental trauma in children and adolescents book cover
    This book focuses on trauma, loss and disrupted attachment on babies, children, adolescents, and the systems around them. The impact of relational and developmental trauma and toxic stress on children's bodies, brains, relationships, behaviours, cognitions, and emotions is explored. Includes reflective exercises, case studies, practical applications and therapeutic strategies. With chapters on wider organisational and systemic dynamics, strength-based practices and the intergenerational transmission of relational trauma.

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