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Principles of Trauma Therapy

Principles of Trauma Therapy
A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation, and Treatment

Third Edition
  • John N. Briere - University of Southern California, USA
  • Catherine Scott - University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles


August 2030 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Bestselling text Principles of Trauma Therapy covers the modern treatment of psychological trauma that is both comprehensive in scope yet highly practical in application. Written for the trauma clinician, the clinician new to the field who is confronted with a trauma client, and the student studying trauma therapy, this text can be used for daily work and the preparation for daily work. Updates to the Third Edition include crucial research and advances in the field, including discrimination, various types of trauma, disorders, behaviors, triggers, areas of psychobiology and psychopharmacology, and the practice of teletherapy.

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Key features
  • Added in-depth discussion of combined/cumulative in Chapter 1.
  • Emphasis on social discrimination and microaggressions, including gender discrimination as a form of historical trauma in Chapter 1.
  • Chapter 2 includes new research on various types of trauma, disorders, and behaviors including Complex PTSD, Adjustment Disorder, sexual disturbance, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Completely new Chapter 8 on Trigger Management covering trigger identification, increasing resilience, identifying and deescalating triggered states, and the correlation between triggers and trauma.
  • New material in Chapter 9 including the components and steps of trauma processing and Written Exposure Therapy.
  • Chapter 12 includes new content on Acute Distress Disorder.
  • Completely revised Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology of Trauma chapter to include the psychobiology of trauma, meta-analyses of treatment outcome studies, new information and drugs across various drug categories, new section on repurposed drugs and drug assisted psychotherapy, and treatment with cannabinoids, ketamine, psilocybin, and MDMA.
  • New Chapter 14 on teletherapy which includes platforms, principles, client safety, and rapport.
  • Written by experts in the fields of trauma therapy, psychopharmacology and psychobiology.
  • Integrated Approach to trauma treatment for a comprehensive, multi-modal approach to simple and complex trauma presentations.
  • Provides directly applicable, empirically-informed information on how to apply different treatment techniques and modalities to address a variety of issues and symptom clusters found in trauma survivors.
  • Presents a clinician-friendly review of treatment literature with specific, practical information on trauma effects and trauma treatment, calling on the most current information available in the trauma literature and applying new DSM-5 diagnostic formulations.
  • Addresses innovative and cutting-edge topics, including social and gender discrimination, microaggressions, trauma psychopharmacology, trigger management, teletherapy, indications and limitations of psychoactive medication in the treatment of trauma survivors, assessment and diagnostic strategies, and contemporary research and discussions on current and emerging types of trauma, disorders, and behaviors.

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ISBN: 9781544333564