1st Edition

Complex Trauma
The Tavistock Model

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ISBN 9781032129983
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The new diagnosis of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder presents diagnostic and treatment challenges which need to be grappled with since, in a troubled world, it is increasingly important to understand the impact and aftermath of traumatic experiences and, crucially, how to work with those affected by it.  

In Complex Trauma Joanne Stubley and Linda Young bring together a fascinating range of approaches in order to explore the questions of understanding and intervention. They detail the relevance of an applied psychoanalytic approach, both in the Tavistock Trauma service and, more broadly, in illuminating understanding of traumatized individuals.  The book includes chapters related to the impact of trauma on the body, as well as on the mind, incorporating neurobiological and attachment theory to develop ideas on the impact and aftermath of complex trauma.  A number of specialist areas of trauma work are covered within this volume, including work with adolescents, with refugees and asylum seekers, with military veterans, and with survivors of child sexual abuse. 

The authors bring together chapters which will be of interest to those working with traumatized individuals in a variety of settings and using different modalities. The central importance of relationships, as understood within the psychoanalytic model, is depicted throughout as at the heart of understanding and working with traumatic experience.

Table of Contents

1. Complex Trauma- the initial consultation  2. The Tavistock Trauma Service  3. Complex Trauma: working with other modalities within a psychoanalytic frame  4. The body as the new royal road to the unconscious  5. Working with traumatised adolescents: a framework for intervention  6. Designing and working in a service for women with historical child sexual abuse  7. Relational trauma and oppression: clinical work with young men who were groomed and sexually abused as children  8. Helping the heroes: psychoanalytic work with military veterans in a supported housing setting  9. Bridging the gap: developing a thinking space for refugees  10. Between hope and horror: complex trauma in refugees and asylum seekers  11. The game of football: psychoanalytical reflections on love, hope and resilience  12. Therapeutic yoga and psychotherapy for facilitating post-traumatic growth  13. Trauma and the body: a psychoanalytic reading of Almodovar’s The skin I live in  14. Writing trauma: literary representations of traumatic experience  15. Complex trauma in a time of crisis  16. Endings in the work with patients with complex trauma

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Joanne Stubley is a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst, and lead clinician in the Tavistock Trauma Service since 2003. She has written widely and teaches both nationally and internationally on Complex Trauma. Whilst continuing to develop a multi-modal, phase-based trauma service in the NHS that is innovative and trauma-informed, she sees the relational understanding offered by psychoanalysis as key to the work.

Linda Young is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst with over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience. She has been part of the Tavistock Trauma Service since 1990, including organizing and leading the one-year part time course: ‘Understanding Trauma’. She also specializes in working with adolescents and young adults in the Tavistock Adolescent and Young Adult Service.