Trauma-Informed Care

How neuroscience influences practice

By Amanda Evans, Patricia Coccoma

© 2014 – Routledge

162 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:
Hardback: 9780415640121
pub: 2014-01-20
US Dollars$160.00

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About the Book

This accessible book provides an overview of trauma-informed care and related neuroscience research across populations. The book explains how trauma can alter brain structure, identifies the challenges and commonalities for each population, and provides emergent treatment intervention options to assist those recovering from acute and chronic traumatic events. In addition, readers will find information on the risk factors and self-care suggestions related to compassion fatigue, and a simple rubric is provided as a method to recognize behaviours that may be trauma-related.

Topics covered include:

  • children and trauma
  • adult survivors of trauma
  • military veterans and PTSD
  • sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking
  • compassion fatigue.

Trauma-Informed Care draws on the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience and mental health and will prove essential reading for researchers and practitioners. It will also interest clinical social workers and policy makers who work with people recovering from trauma.


'Overall the book is a great introduction to neuroscience-based treatments of trauma disorders and to trauma-informed care.'- Anny Reyes, New York University, Somatic Psychotherapy Today, Spring 2015

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Trauma-Informed Care 2. Understanding Types of Trauma 3. Neurobiology and the Impact of Trauma 4. Resilience and Trauma Recovery 5. Children and Trauma 6. Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma 7. Military Veterans and Trauma 8. Trauma Experienced in Adulthood 9. Understanding Compassion Fatigue 10. Future Directions in Trauma-Informed Care

About the Authors

Amanda Evans is Assistant Professor of Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, USA. Her research relates to human trafficking, trauma and recovery, and she teaches courses in diagnosing psychopathology, direct practice, trauma and recovery, and loss and bereavement.

Patricia Coccoma is Associate Professor of Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, USA. Her research focuses upon mental health, trauma and recovery, and she teaches graduate courses in direct practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)