Treating Traumatic Stress in Adults is a resource for therapists of all disciplines for use in the treatment of adults suffering from post-traumatic stress. By reading this unique synthesization of information on the most current trauma treatments and expressive writing exercises, practitioners will gain an integrative and practical set of tools for treating post-traumatic stress. Also included are numerous diverse case vignettes, exercises for building trust in the patient/client relationship, and sections dedicated to exploring the client’s thought patterns and emotions to provide an opportunity for exposure, healing, and restructuring maladaptive beliefs.
Over the last thirty years, hundreds of studies have been conducted on expressive writing and ways it can be used to reduce stress and improve health. Treating Traumatic Stress in Adults provides a helpful perspective for people dealing with upsetting experiences in their lives. Particularly impressive are guidelines and exercises to help in getting through a stressful time.—James W. Pennebaker is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressive Writing.
Part I: Introduction: Integrating Expressive Writing Into Trauma-Related Treatment Approaches. Trauma and Its Effects. Implications for Treatment. Part II: Current Treatments for Trauma. Discussion of a Multidimensional Model. Future Treatment: The Case for Including Expressive Writing. Expressive Writing as a Therapy Technique. Conclusion. Part III: Expressive Writing Workbook. General Writing Guidelines. Structuring Client Writing Activities During Session. Beginning Exercises. Part III-I: Beginning Exercises. Section 1: Lists and Clusters. Section 2: Sentence Stems. Section 3: Acrostics and Poems. Section 4: Five-Minute "Sprints". Part III-II: Intermediate Exercises. Section 1: Letters. Section 2: Obituaries and Eulogies. Section 3: Character Sketches. Section 4: Dialogues. Part III-III: Advanced Exercises. Section 1: Narratives. Section 2: Essays and Compositions. Part III-IV: Free-Writing Exercises. Exercise 1: Semiautomatic Writing. Exercise 2: Into the Stream. Part III-V: Activity-Based Exercises. Section 1: Relaxation Exercises. Section 2: Guided Imagery. Section 3: Multimedia Activities. Part IV: Outcome Measures. Rationale. Screen for Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms. The Revised Helping Alliance Questionnaire. Alternate Measures for the Assessment of Trauma Symptoms. Process. Notes. References. Appendices.