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Moving On After Trauma
A Guide for Survivors, Family and Friends

ISBN 9780415409636
Published September 18, 2007 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

The effects of extreme trauma can continue to be emotionally devastating. Moving On After Trauma offers hope, providing survivors, family members and friends with a roadmap for managing emotional, relationship, physical and legal obstacles to recovery. Dr Scott details examples of the strategies used by twenty characters who have recovered and the survivor (with or without the help of a family member, friend or counsellor) is encouraged to identify with one or more of them and follow in their footsteps.


Table of Contents

Preface - How to Use This Book. What’s Happening to Me? Making Sense of My Reactions. Will I Get Better? What Works? Re-setting the Alarm. Better Ways of Dealing With the Traumatic Memory. Restoring Relationships. Managing Mood. Managing Pain and Sleep. Old Baggage, New Trauma. Managing Additional Disorders. Children and Adolescents. Justice. Getting Further Help. Guidance for Professionals Using This Book. Appendix A: Screening for PTSD. Appendix B: Diagnosing PTSD. Appendix C: DSM IV TR Criteria for PTSD, Depression and Panic Disorder.

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Michael J. Scott is a Consultant Psychologist, he specialises in the assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr Scott is the author of five textbooks including Counselling for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder now in its’ 3rd Edition. He divides his time between treating clients, research, medico-legal work, writing and External Examiner duties for the MSc in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies at the University of Chester, UK.


"Michael Scott has penned a thoughtful, accessible and easily readable book for trauma survivors. It will act as an excellent guide for survivors, their families and can be used by the individual instead of therapy, as they await therapy or as a workbook to accompany their therapy. It is grounded in the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) approach and flows easily from helping people understand their experiences and problems after trauma, to managing then treating their problems and symptoms. In giving individuals practical solutions and a range of options it allows control to be regained. Moving on after Trauma offers options for the reader to do exactly that; move on following traumatic experience." - Dr Alastair Hull, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, NHS Tayside, UK

"Michael Scott has produced an excellent book that should be of immense value to sufferers of PTSD and their relatives. I particularly like its clear link with theory and evidence and it is replete with useful case examples. Scott’s extensive clinical experience in dealing with these problems is evident in his thorough and sensitive handling of the topic. Packed full of strategies and tips for dealing effectively with trauma symptoms and associated problems this book should be at the top of a sufferers self-help list." – Adrian Wells, University of Manchester, UK 

"This valuable guide explains the puzzling and disturbing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and what to do about them. There is a wealth of practical wisdom, supported by many practical examples, that cannot fail to inform and help trauma victims and their families." - Chris Brewin, University College, London, UK