"Treating the Trauma Survivor is a practical guide to assist mental health, health care, and social service providers in providing trauma-informed care. This resource provides essential information in order to understand the impacts of trauma by summarizing key literature in an easily accessible and user-friendly format. Providers will be able to identify common pitfalls and avoid re- traumatizing survivors during interactions. Based on the authors extensive experience and interactions with trauma survivors, the book provides a trauma-informed framework and offers practical tools to enhance collaboration with survivors and promote a safer helping environment. Mental health providers in health care, community, and addictions settings as well as health care providers and community workers will find the framework and the practical suggestions in this book informative and useful"
Introduction. 1. Understanding Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care: The Basics 2. Trauma and the DSM 3. Understanding the Complex Picture of Complex Trauma 4. Building an Empowering and Collaborative Relationship 5. Asking About and Responding to Disclosures of Trauma 6. Conducting a Trauma-Informed Assessment 7. Responding to Safety Concerns 8. Psychoeducation and Trauma-Informed Interventions 9. Dealing with Substance Use 10. A Trauma-Informed Approach to Medications 11. Transference and Countertransference 12. Understanding Vicarious Traumatization
Appendixes: A. Posttraumatic stress disorder diagnostic criteria -- B. Acute stress disorder diagnostic criteria -- C. Dissociative identity disorder diagnostic criteria -- D. Trauma and the hijacked brain: the high road and the low road -- E. Window of tolerance -- F. Trigger scale -- G. Modified Karpman's triangle to illustrate common traumatic reenactments -- H. Strategies for getting out of a traumatic reenactment -- I. Self-soothing strategies -- J. Relaxation strategies.