1st Edition

Treating the Trauma Survivor An Essential Guide to Trauma-Informed Care

    180 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    180 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Treating the Trauma Survivor is a practical guide to assist mental health, health care, and social service providers in providing trauma-informed care. This resource provides essential information in order to understand the impacts of trauma by summarizing key literature in an easily accessible and user-friendly format. Providers will be able to identify common pitfalls and avoid re- traumatizing survivors during interactions. Based on the authors’ extensive experience and interactions with trauma survivors, the book provides a trauma-informed framework and offers practical tools to enhance collaboration with survivors and promote a safer helping environment. Mental health providers in health care, community, and addictions settings as well as health care providers and community workers will find the framework and the practical suggestions in this book informative and useful.

    Introduction. 1. Understanding Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care: The Basics 2. Trauma and the DSM 3. Understanding the Complex Picture of Complex Trauma 4. Building an Empowering and Collaborative Relationship 5. Asking About and Responding to Disclosures of Trauma 6. Conducting a Trauma-Informed Assessment 7. Responding to Safety Concerns 8. Psychoeducation and Trauma-Informed Interventions 9. Dealing with Substance Use 10. A Trauma-Informed Approach to Medications 11. Transference and Countertransference 12. Understanding Vicarious Traumatization


    Carrie Clark attained her doctorate from the University of Denver. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital. She is on staff as a clinical psychologist in the Trauma Therapy Program. She specializes in the area of trauma therapy.

    Catherine C. Classen is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the treatment of psychological trauma. She is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Senior Scientist and Director of the Women’s Mental Health Research Program at Women’s College Research Institute, and Academic leader of the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital. She is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, sits on the editorial board of several trauma journals, and has numerous publications in the area of psychological trauma.

    Anne Fourt is an occupational therapist and team coordinator for the Trauma Therapy Program and Women Recovering from Abuse Program at Women's College Hospital. She is an assistant professor in the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Toronto and has a cross appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.

    Maithili Shetty is a psychiatrist and clinical faculty at the University of British Columbia. She received her medical degree at the University of Western Ontario and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Shetty is the Director of Medical Education, Medical Director of the Psychiatric Assessment and Stabilization Unit and Inpatient Lead for the Department of Psychiatry at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    "The authors have done a great deed to human service professionals by pulling together what we know so far about responding to traumatic events and presenting it in a clear, practical, and coherent format. This should be a basic text for undergraduate and graduate students as well as practitioners already out in the field." --Sandra L. Bloom, MD, Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, Drexel University


    "A detailed overview and comprehensive description of the principles of trauma-informed care. The theoretical framework, clinical suggestions, and concrete advice are spot-on, revealing the authors’ clinical acumen and their understanding of the underlying scientific literature. I strongly recommend this book to health and mental health providers." –John Briere, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Southern California; Director, USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center, National Child Traumatic Stress Network