REBUILDING SHATTERED LIVES: THE RESPONSIBLE TREATMENT OF COMPLEX POST-TRAUMATIC AND DISSOCIATIVE DIS
In Rebuilding Shattered Lives, James A. Chu, MD, describes a proven approach to the assessment and treatment of post-traumatic and dissociative disorders developed at the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Program at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Drawing on his extensive empirical research and more than a decade's clinical experience specializing in treating survivors of severe abuse, Dr. Chu also offers valuable insights into all the major areas of trauma-related symptomatology and provides the most detailed explanation of dissociative theory currently in print. And, with the help of numerous vignettes and case examples, he clearly illustrates common clinical dilemmas encountered when dealing with survivors of severe abuse as well as the most effective techniques for resolving them.
The book opens with an integrated, up-to-date account of trauma theory and symptomatology. Chapters focus on complex dissociative and post-traumatic symptoms, difficulties in development and maturation, amnesia and other traumatic memory problems, and differential diagnosis. In the following section, Dr. Chu outlines his treatment strategies and offers valuable guidelines on managing self-destructive behavior, controlling dissociative and post-traumatic symptomatology, and navigating the maze of the therapeutic relationship. Concluding chapters are devoted to special topics and include a review of the latest treatment strategies for dissociative identity disorder, crisis intervention, and working with regressed and "impossible" patients.
Rebuilding Shattered Lives is an important working resource for mental health workers of all levels of experience. Throughout, the writing style is clear, and complex theories are explained with an emphasis on how they provide the conceptual basis for a rational, responsible, and safe approach to treatment.
Table of Contents:
THE NATURE AND EFFECTS OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE.
The Rediscovery of the Abuse of Children.
Adult Symptomatology Related to Childhood Trauma.
The Repetition Compulsion Revisited: Reliving Dissociated Trauma.
Childhood Trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder.
The Nature of Traumatic Memories of Childhood Abuse.
TREATMENT PRINCIPLES FOR COMPLEX TRAUMA-RELATED DISORDERS.
Riding the Therapeutic Roller Coaster: Stage-Oriented Treatment for Survivors of Chilhood Abuse.
The Paradox of Self-Care.
Controlling Post-Traumatic and Dissociative Symptoms.
The Therapeutic Dance: Relational Issues in the Treatment of Survivors of Childhood Abuse.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: Establishing Boundaries and Setting Limits.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN THE TREATMENT OF TRAUMA-RELATED DISORDERS.
The Rational Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Hospitalization, Acute Care, and Psychopharmacology.
The "Impossible Patient": Treating Chronically Disempowered Survivors of Childhood Abuse.
Controversies in the Treatment of Dissociation.