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Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity
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This manual provides concrete, practical skills on the ‘how to’ of trauma model therapy and provides hands-on techniques, strategies and interventions in two ways: through description and discussion and through transcripts of therapy conversations.
Trauma Model Therapy (TMT) is a practical, easy-to-read, hands-on treatment manual. The treatment is based on Dr. Ross’ Trauma Model, which is a detailed, scientifically testable model of the relationship between psychological trauma and a wide range of mental disorders and addictions. TMT was designed for the client with severe childhood trauma and numerous comorbid disorders but can readily be adapted for individuals with less severe trauma and mental health problems. The treatment involves a blend of cognitive, systems, experiential, psychodynamic and other approaches and is especially useful in the History, Preparation and Assessment stages of EMDR Therapy. The core elements of TMT are: the problem of attachment to the perpetrator; the locus of control shift; the problem is not the problem; just say ‘no’ to drugs; addiction is the opposite of desensitization; and the victim-rescuer-perpetrator triangle.
Trauma Model Therapy includes a number of different measures of dissociation that can be used without any additional permission: these supplement the guidance provided on how to conduct a clinical inquiry about trauma and dissociation. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on case examples, and therapist-client dialogues that illustrate different treatment techniques and strategies. Having completed the book, the reader will have many new strategies tools in his or her toolbox. Although Trauma Model Therapy was written primarily for therapists, it can also be read by trauma survivors and their loved ones.
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Colin A. Ross, MD received his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He has been running a Trauma Program in the Dallas, Texas area since 1991 and consults to two other Trauma Programs, one at Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and one at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. His Texas Trauma Program moved to UBH Denton in September, 2015. Dr. Ross is the author of 28 books and 190 professional papers and is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Ross has spoken widely throughout North America and in Europe, China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.
Endorsements for Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity
“This is a straightforward, very accessible book that covers in detail the theory, assessment, and treatment of severe dissociative disorders. The authors have spent many years studying and working with the effects of trauma, and it shows. Refreshingly devoid of unnecessary jargon, and relentlessly demystifying. Highly recommended!” — John Briere, Ph.D; University of Southern California
“Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity, is a much-needed addition to the professional literature that is also accessible to the lay reader. Authors Ross and Halpern give cogent descriptions of dissociation, dissociative processes, and dissociative disorders and place them in the context of a trauma model. In addition to the practical discussion of the principles of treatment, specific techniques are presented in detail. It is this description of techniques with transcripts that sets this book apart. By studying this section and applying the techniques, practitioners will learn a great deal about how to approach and work with clients who dissociate. A very practical resource that I highly recommend.” –Christine A. Courtois, PhD ; Christine A. Courtois, PhD & Associates, Washington, DC; Co-Editor: Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide; Author: Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy; Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines
“For the therapist, newly acquainted to the tasks of assessing and treating patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder and Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Ross and Halpern’s very readable, well-structured book, complete with many useful lists and engaging illustrative verbatim clinical vignettes is the best starting point currently available. For the experienced therapist however there is much simply stated clinical wisdom and exploration of areas not usually included in other texts that will both challenge and invite thoughtful reflection e.g. ‘As a client, one can hide in the past to avoid the present, or hide in the present to avoid the past.'” –Adjunct Professor Warwick Middleton MBBS, FRANZCP, MD.; Director, Trauma and Dissociation Unit, Belmont Hospital, Brisbane, Australia Fellow, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
“Many clinicians have difficulty comprehending, assessing and treating survivors of chronic traumatization, including the implied dissociative organization of their personality. And, indeed, these endeavors are cognitively complex and emotionally demanding. Primarily written for therapists, but accessible to patients, friends, and relatives, Ross and Halpern’s Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity excels in presenting the main principles and methods of chronic trauma treatment in a fresh, most straightforward, and lucid manner. Enriched with many telling clinical vignettes, the book constitutes an instructive manual that guides the therapeutic dyad along the often long and winding road to recovery.” –Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis, Ph.D; Top Referent Trauma Center, Mental Health Care, Drenthe, The Netherlands
“Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity is a comprehensive, clearly presented, guide to the treatment of persons with dissociative-spectrum disorders. The book integrates theoretical and empirical perspectives with clinical wisdom and sample therapist-client dialogue related to challenging aspects of treatment. Ross and Halpern use elementary language to describe complex concepts, consistently conveying current knowledge in the field and respect for client and therapist. The simplicity of the language and the orderly presentation illuminate work that has daunted many therapists. As one moves through this increasingly complex material, the artistry of the book grows more and more evident, as does the depth of expertise of the authors. Given the prevalence of dissociation among complex trauma clients, the book will serve as a resource for trauma work beyond the treatment of those with dissociative disorders. I recommend this book as a textbook for therapists new to the treatment of people with dissociation and complex trauma, and as a reference manual for all who want details or clarification of, or updates on, the entire range of specific aspects of treatment of dissociation. It is a welcome resource in the field.” –Laurie Anne Pearlman, Ph.D.; Co-Author, Risking Connection: A Training Curriculum for Working with Survivors of Childhood Abuse
“This is a book that many clinicians and psychotherapy researchers have been waiting for. Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity is an important step towards the articulation of a treatment protocol for dissociative and personality disordered survivors of childhood trauma. At last, psychotherapists and researchers alike are offered clear, rationale- and theory-based, guidelines that come as close as possible to a much needed therapy manual. Ross and Halpern not only delineate concrete intervention suggestions that will encourage uninitiated clinicians to work with suffering survivors, but they also present a comprehensive psychotherapy model that could be adapted for standardized research purposes.” –Eli Somer, Ph.D.; University of Haifa, Israel; President, European Society for Trauma and Dissociation