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Principles of Trauma Therapy

Principles of Trauma Therapy
A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation, and Treatment ( DSM-5 Update)

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


March 2014 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Thoroughly updated with DSM-5 content throughout, Principles of Trauma Therapy, Second Edition: DSM-5 Update is both comprehensive in scope and highly practical in application. This popular text provides a creative synthesis of cognitive-behavioral, relational, affect regulation, mindfulness, and psychopharmacologic approaches to the "real world" treatment of acute and chronic posttraumatic states. Grounded in empirically-supported trauma treatment techniques and adapted to the complexities of actual clinical practice, this book is a hands-on resource for front-line clinicians, those in private practice, and graduate students of public mental health.

Part I: Trauma, Effects, and Assessment
Chapter 1: What Is Trauma?
Chapter 2: The Effects of Trauma
Chapter 3: Assessing Trauma and Posttraumatic Outcomes
Part II: Clinical Interventions
Chapter 4: Central Issues in Trauma Treatment
Chapter 5: Psychoeducation
Chapter 6: Distress Reduction and Affect Regulation Training
Chapter 7: Cognitive Interventions
Chapter 8: Emotional Processing
Chapter 9: Increasing Identity and Relational Functioning
Chapter 10: Mindfulness in Trauma Treatment
Chapter 11: Treating the Effects of Acute Trauma
Chapter 12: Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology of Trauma
Chapter 13: Conclusions

This text is thorough, detailed and extremely knowledgeable about the trauma response, and trauma treatment. It is also relatively atheoretical, so it is perfect for a general education on the nature of trauma. It's very readable as well.

Francesca Parker
Education & Psychology Dept, Pepperdine University
September 27, 2019
Key features


  • Expanded and updated coverage of cognitive and emotional processing, affect regulation skills development, acute trauma resolution, attachment-oriented relational interventions, new diagnostic issues and details, and psychopharmacology
  • Additional chapters and/or sections on traumatic brain injury, risk management and ethics, interventions in medical trauma in ERs and burn units, mindfulness as trauma treatment, methodology, and specific applications for the adolescent trauma survivor
  • Thoroughly updated DSM-5 content throughout


  • 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 trauma psychopharmacology, indications and limitations of psychoactive medication in the treatment of trauma survivors, assessment and diagnostic strategies, the role of traumatic brain injury, mindfulness as an empirically-validated treatment approach, interventions in acute stress and mass casualty events, and trauma applications in medical environments such as emergency rooms and burn units

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Chapter 4

Chapter 6

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