Narrative Exposure Therapy: A Short-Term Treatment for Traumatic Stress Disorders

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Hogrefe Publishing, 2011 - Psychology - 118 pages
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New edition of the Narrative Exposure Therapy manual, an effective, short-term, culturally universal intervention for trauma victims - including the latest insights and new treatments for dissociation and social pain. Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is a successful and culturally universal intervention for the treatment of survivors of multiple and severe traumatic events, such as organized violence, torture, war, rape, and childhood abuse. Field tests in contexts of ongoing adversity and disaster areas, as well as controlled trials in various countries, have shown that three to six sessions can be sufficient to provide considerable relief.

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An exceptionally clear and well written book about a scientifically validated treatment strategy for PTSD. The authors carefully review the theoretical background focusing on the neurobiology of traumatic memories. The explanation of the technique is clear and supplemented by specific examples. They discuss potential problems and how to approach them. Overall, it is one of the best therapy manuals I have seen.
I have no criticisms of the text.
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Patrick McGrath OC, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS, VP IWK Health Centre and Nova Scotia Health Authority, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada


1 Introduction Voices of Victims
2 Theoretical Background
3 The Therapeutic Approach of Narrative Exposure Therapy NET

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Dr. Maggie Schauer is Director of the Psychological Outpatient Clinic at the University Konstanz. She specialized in the field of clinical psychology and psychotraumatology, with research including conditions of ongoing adversity for survivors of multiple and complex trauma.

Dr. Frank Neuner is Professor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at Bielefeld University. His publications focus on etiological, epidemiological, and therapeutic aspects of disorders of the trauma spectrum.

Dr. Thomas Elbert is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Konstanz and a member of the German Academy of Science.

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