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The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Mental Illness
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The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Mental Illness
Effective Interventions for Mental Health Professionals



© 2000 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This informative book gives mental health professionals who are not child abuse specialists knowledge and skills that are especially relevant to their direct service role and practice context. It introduces to these practitioners a conceptual bridge between biomedical and psychosocial understandings of mental disorder, providing a multidimensional approach that allows professionals to think holistically and connect clients' abusive pasts with their present-day symptoms and behaviours.

It includes reviews of the most up-todate findings with direct practice guides in helping clients.

 
PART ONE: THEORY AND KNOWLEDGE
 
Why We Often Miss a History of Childhood Trauma
 
A Multidimensional Model of Understanding
 
The Research Story
 
Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms
 
The Controversy Surrounding Traumatic Memory
 
Asking about Abuse
 
PART TWO: EFFECTIVE INTERVENTIONS
 
Understanding Power
 
The Healing and Recovery Process
 
Treatment Models
 
Promoting Client Safety
 
How to Listen, Hear and Understand Clients' Stories
 
Crisis Care
 
The Invisibility of Men's Pain
 
Racism, Oppression and Childhood Trauma
 
Personal and Professional Self Care

"This is a very useful book, particularly for novice practitioners and front-line workers who may not have had a supervised experience dealing with abused individuals." 

Susan Bradley
University of Toronto

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