1st Edition

The Comprehensive Resource Model Effective therapeutic techniques for the healing of complex trauma

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    Traditional methods employed in psychotherapy have limited effectiveness when it comes to healing the psychological effects of trauma, in particular, complex trauma. While a client may seem to make significant breakthroughs in understanding their feelings and experiences on a rational level by talking with a therapist, this will make no difference to their post-traumatic symptoms if the midbrain is unable to modulate its activity in response. The Comprehensive Resource Model argues for a novel therapeutic approach, which uniquely bridges neuroscience and spirituality through a combination of somatic therapy, traditional psychotherapy, and indigenous healing concepts to provide effective relief to survivors of trauma.

    The Comprehensive Resource Model was developed in response to the need for a streamlined, integrative therapeutic model; one which engages a scaffolding of neurobiological resources in many brain structures simultaneously in order for clients to be fully embodied and conscious in the present moment while processing their traumatic material. All three phases of trauma therapy: resourcing, processing, and integration are done simultaneously. Demonstrating a nested model and employing brain and body-based physiological safety as the foundation of healing, chapters describe three primary categories of targeted processing: implicit and explicit survival terror, ‘Little T Truths’, and ‘Big T Truths’, all of which contribute to thorough healing of complex trauma and an expansion into higher states of consciousness and embodiment of the essential core self.

    This book describes the development and benefits of this pioneering new approach to trauma therapy. As such, it will be of key interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychology and trauma studies. It will also appeal to practising therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and to others involved in the treatment or management of patients with complex trauma disorders.

    1. Introduction 2. Overview of the model 3. The Challenges of Trauma 4. Frozen Breath 5. Stepping into the affect 6. Cutting off the pain and terror 7. Re-membering, re-experiencing, re-processing, re-orienting, re-consolidating and re-newing 8. Attunement 9. Breathing 10. Sacred Place 11. Resource Grids 12. Attachment Resources 13. Distress 14. The Core Self in CRM: clinical aspects 15. The Core Self in CRM: theoretical aspects 16. Personal Power Animals as resources for healing With Elisa Elkin-Cleary 17. Secondary Resources and Additional Protocols 18. Blocks to Healing With Elisa Elkin-Cleary 19. New Truths and Session Closure With Ron Schwenkler 20. Application of CRM to the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder 21. Conclusion With Elisa Elkin-Cleary


    Lisa Schwarz is a psychologist, consultant and international educator working in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

    Frank Corrigan is a psychiatrist working in Argyll and Glasgow, UK, specialising in the treatment of psychological trauma.

    Alastair Hull is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist working in Tayside , UK, specialising in the treatment of psychological trauma.

    Rajiv Raju is a full time specialist in psychiatry working at the Argyll and Bute Hospital, Scotland, UK; currently he is on a leave of absence.

    ‘The authors have done an excellent job of explaining CRM to the reader. They have integrated elements from many different sources, including neurophysiology, EMDR, anthropology, and my own Trauma Model into a novel and original therapy. They make use of many different therapeutic tools including cognitive therapy, eye positions, systems principles, and therapeutic metaphor. I look forward to reading the results of clinical trials of CRM in the future - CRM is a carefully constructed treatment model. Future books expanding on and supplementing this volume are anticipated.’

    Colin A. Ross, M.D., author, The Trauma Model: A Solution to the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry.

    ‘The Comprehensive Resource Model is an intriguing treatment for trauma-related disorders that is based on novel neurobiological theories. It has the potential to significantly advance our understanding and intervention of the complex emotional difficulties often associated with developmental trauma.’

    Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit, University of Western Ontario, United States of America.