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Introduction to Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma: Techniques and Strategies, 1st Edition

  • Carolyn Knight University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • ISBN-10: 0495006181  |  ISBN-13: 9780495006183
  • 256 Pages
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $99.00
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INTRODUCTION TO WORKING WITH ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA: TECHNIQUES AND STRATEGIES represents the first primer for practice with victims of childhood trauma. Author, professor, and practicing social worker Carolyn Knight focuses on skills and techniques for which there is solid theoretical and empirical support, emphasizing strategies that are likely to be useful to practitioners of varying professional backgrounds and working in diverse practice settings. The book is organized around phases in the helping relationship and is based on the assumption that core practice skills have their greatest utility at different points in the work.

Features and Benefits

  • Readers of this text will be able to identify the nature of trauma and its long-term effects, understand the nature and importance of the therapeutic relationship in group and individual treatment, and recognize and manage manifestations of transference and counter-transference in those same settings.
  • The text prepares future practitioners to engage in self-care and professional activities that minimize burnout, distinguish the stages of healing in group and individual treatment, and identify and become proficient using therapeutic techniques designed specifically to help adult survivors of childhood trauma.
  • Detailed case examples illustrate how professional helpers in a variety of settings, wearing a variety of professional hats, can acknowledge and work with the trauma in ways that benefit survivors--even when their energies and those of their clients are concentrated on present-day difficulties like drug addiction, child maltreatment, or mental illness.
  • Case excerpts are drawn from actual clinical practice, although to honor confidentiality of clients and clinicians, names and details have been modified.

Table of Contents

1. Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma: An Overview.
2. The Nature of Childhood Trauma: Theory and Research.
3. The Helping Relationship in Individual Work with Clients with Histories of Childhood Trauma.
4. The Helping Relationship in Group Work with Clients with Histories of Childhood Trauma.
5. Indirect Trauma: The Occupational Hazard Associated with Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma.
6. The Beginning Phase in Individual Work with Survivors of Childhood Trauma.
7. The Beginning Phase in Group Work with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma.
8. The Middle Phase in Individual Treatment with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma.
9. The Work Phase in Groups for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma.
10. The Ending Phase in Individual and Group Work with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"This is one of the best how-to books I have read in a while . . . it presents the materials in such a clear and illustrative format."

— Nancie Palmer, Washburn University

"An easy read and one that is replete with excellent clinical material."

— Anne Hughes, University of Maryland Baltimore

"The book, a must read, is laced with compelling case illustrations that make the theory and practice principles come to life. . . . The author's talents as a scholar, educator and clinician are combined to provide us with this magnificent gift."

— Alex Gitterman, University of Connecticut


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Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495502812 | ISBN-13: 9780495502814)

This guide will be helpful to classroom instructors and to practitioners. It includes chapter summaries, key words, discussion and comprehension questions, and practice considerations. Suggested readings are included in the chapter summaries. The discussion questions can be used in class or by a reader to check comprehension. The Instructor's Manual is available electronically via email by contacting the Academic Resource Center at 1-800-423-0563.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carolyn Knight

Carolyn Knight, Ph.D., MSW, is Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Knight is a licensed social worker with more than 20 years of experience--most of it pro bono--working individually and in groups with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She is the author of WORKING WITH ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA: STRATEGIES AND SKILLS FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS and PROCESS-ORIENTED GROUP THERAPY FOR ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, as well as numerous articles on working with survivors of childhood trauma in group and individual treatment. Dr. Knight is a frequently invited speaker and continuing education workshop leader for topics related to working with survivors of trauma, including ethical implications, considerations for supervision, group work, and strategies that assist trauma survivors in containing and expressing feelings. Dr. Knight also is a sought-after in-service training instructor and has extensive experience with front-line staff and supervisors in juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health settings.