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Trauma Assessments
A Clinician's Guide

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ISBN 9781572302518
Published October 15, 1997 by Guilford Press
307 Pages

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Book Description

This book is intended for clinicians at all levels of experience who seek a guide to the assessment of psychological trauma and its effects. After discussion of the theoretical foundation for understanding human responses to traumatic events, Dr. Carlson addresses both conceptual and practical aspects of selecting and administering measures to assess traumatic experiences and trauma responses. Additional chapters provide guidance in interpreting results of assessments and diagnosing trauma-related disorders and a brief introduction to major forms of treatment of trauma-related disorders. Profiles of 36 recommended measures of traumatic experiences and trauma responses are included and are designed to make it easy to find the information needed to obtain the measures. Measures profiled include self-report and interview measures of trauma, self-report measures of trauma responses, structured interviews for posttraumatic and dissociative disorders, and measures for children and adolescents. Flowcharts provide a quick reference for choosing measures at each stage of the assessment process.

Table of Contents

Preface. Part I: Understanding the Impact of Trauma The Importance of Understanding Responses to Trauma. A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Responses to Trauma. Common Responses to Traumatic Experiences. Factors That Influence the Responses to Traumatic Experiences. Understanding Responses to Discrete and Chronic Traumatic Experiences. Part II: Planning and Implementing Assessments. Challenges to Assessing Trauma and Trauma Responses. Developing an Assessment Strategy. Selecting and Administering Measures. Part III: Making Use of Assessment Results. Interpreting the Results and Making a Diagnosis. Where to Go from Here: Treatment Options. Future Directions. Measure Profiles. Section A: Measures of Traumatic Experiences. Section B: Self-Report Measures of Responses to Trauma. Section C: Structured Interviews for Posttraumatic and Dissociative Disorders. Section D: Measures of Trauma and Trauma Responses for Children. Appendix: Resources on Trauma and Trauma-Related Disorders.

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"Eve Carlson, already celebrated as co-author of the Dissociatative Experiences Scale, has now written an emminently accessible, cogent clinical guide to the assessment and treatment of trauma and posttraumatic states. Especially recommended for those new to the study and treatment of trauma, this book has much to offer the seasoned trauma specialist as well." - John Briere, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Southern California School of Medicine