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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


September 2000 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Each day, case managers, psychiatric nurses, and other mental health professionals interact with adults who have a history of physical and/or sexual abuse during childhood. Many of these important professionals will often be the first practitioners to hear about a client's background of abuse, but they may not have specialized training in understanding and working with survivors of childhood trauma. The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Mental Illness 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 behaviors. Building upon this conceptual foundation, the book then focuses on direct practice issues, including how to ask clients about child abuse, the nature of power in the helping relationship, the full recovery process, effective treatment models, client safety issues, and ways to listen to client's stories. Also included are valuable insights into helping clients who are in a crisis situation, the particular needs of male victims of child abuse, racial and cultural considerations, and the professional's self-care. Designed to meet the needs of such helping professionals as case managers, psychiatric nurses, rehabilitation counselors, crisis and housing workers, occupational and physical therapists, family physicians, and social workers, The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Mental Illness is an accessible and convenient guide to understanding the effects of childhood abuse and incorporating that understanding into direct practice.

 
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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