Reclaiming Your Life After Rape: Client Workbook

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder

; Edna B. Foa

This powerful client workbook is written in an encouraging and easy-to-understand style specifically for women who have been sexually assaulted and have developed chronic symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Les mer
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This powerful client workbook is written in an encouraging and easy-to-understand style specifically for women who have been sexually assaulted and have developed chronic symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Clients learn how cognitive-behavioral therapy has helped other victims and how it can work for them. This book explains how to distinguish PTSD symptoms from other disorders and teaches powerful techniques for overcoming these symptoms.

In writing this book, the authors aim to address two goals. First, they want to present information about PTSD and related problems in language understandable to nonprofessionals. This information will include a review of the studies on posttrauma problems and on the effectiveness of different treatments. They also describe why some survivors develop PTSD and others do not.

The second goal of the book is to provide a detailed client workbook for the treatment of trauma-related problems, especially PTSD, to assist clients working with a therapist. The authors are aware of the fact that people have different problems and different needs. What works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, they describe several different treatment techniques. The book is organized around the different cognitive-behavioral techniques that have been studied and proven
effective with women sufferers of PTSD following an assault.

Throughout the book, the authors focus mainly on women who have been sexually assaulted and as a result developed chronic symptoms of PTSD, which have disturbed their daily functioning and cause them emotional distress. Most of the examples they use to demonstrate the cognitive-behavioral techniques are drawn from their experience in treating rape survivors. However, the cognitive-behavioral procedures outlined here have been as successful in helping women who have been sexually abused in
childhood and adult female survivors of nonsexual assaults, like aggravated assault and robbery. Other survivors of traumas such as natural disasters and car accidents were also helped by this cognitive-behavioral approach.



SECTION 1: AFTER THE ASSAULT ; 1. Case Descriptions ; 2. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Following Assault ; 3. Other Reactions to Assault ; SECTION 2: ASSESSING PERSONAL REACTIONS ; 4. Common Reactions to Assault ; 5. Assessing My PTSD ; 6. What Do We Know About the Treatment of PTSD ; 7. Designing My Treatment Program ; SECTION 3: COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL PROGRAM ; 8. Relaxation Training: Breathing Retraining, Deep Muscle Relaxation, Differential Relaxation ; 9. Real-Life Exposure: Confrontation of Feared Situations ; 10. Imaginal Exposure: Reliving the Trauma Memory in Imagination ; SECTION 4: COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOURAL PROGRAM ; 11. Cognitive Techniques 1: Cognitive Restructuring ; 12. Other Cognitive Techniques ; 13. Role-play, Assertive Behaviour and Covert Modelling ; SECTION 5: COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOURAL PROGRAM ; 14. Putting the Techniques Together: Common Problems and Complications ; 15. Where Do I Go From Here?

Om forfatteren

Edna B. Foa, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Personality, from University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1970. Dr. Foa devoted her academic career to study the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders, primarily obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
and social phobia and is currently one of the world leading experts in these areas. Dr. Foa was the chair of the DSM-IV Subcommittee for OCD and Co-Chairs the DSM-IV Subcommittee for PTSD. She has also been the chair for the Treatment Guidelines Task Force of the International Society for Traumatic
Stress Disorders. Dr. Foa has published several books and over 250 articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively around the world. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors.