The authors provide important conceptual and clinical guidance, illuminating the passage to recovery and health in a way that few others have done. Impressive in its thoughtfulness as well as its comprehensiveness, this is a vital book for all clinicians - we will all find ourselves at some time or another confronting the needs and complicated care of those dealing with massive trauma and loss. This book fills a void in the literature.
-Terence M. Keane, PhD,
VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Boston University School of Medicine
Once every decade a clinical handbook is published that singlehandedly promises to revolutionize the field of grief therapy. With its laser-like focus on the pervasive problem of sudden, violent, and inherently tragic death, Treating Traumatic Bereavement is that book for the current decade. Written with compelling consistency by a 'dream team' of consummate clinical scholars, this volume offers a masterful integration of cogent research, leavened by carefully cultivated psychotherapeutic acumen. The resulting manual is riveting reading and is quite simply the best resource available to those of us who work alongside mourners to reconstruct a world transformed by trauma and loss.
-Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD
Kudos to the authors for bringing their intellectual gravitas and extensive clinical experience to bear on a much-neglected area. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one is the most common traumatic event and is often identified by survivors as their worst life event. This book provides an accessible roadmap for clinicians working with traumatically bereaved clients on their journey to find a life worth living in the aftermath of devastating loss. With its rich case examples and easy-to-use handouts, this is an invaluable resource for experienced clinicians and clinicians-in-training.
-Karestan C. Koenen, PhD,
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; President (2012-2013), International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
I've been waiting a long time for a comprehensive book on this topic Treating Traumatic Bereavement makes it worth the wait. The authors clearly explain the traumatic nature of sudden loss and the additional burden it places on the bereaved. The book beautifully integrates the authors' individual areas of expertise to advance and enrich the fields of traumatic stress and bereavement studies. The treatment model is both theoretically and empirically based, and the handouts provided in the book and at the companion website will greatly assist clinicians in faithfully applying the model. A major contribution!
-Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP,
private practice, Washington, DC; past president, Division 56 (Trauma Psychology), American Psychological Association
This book needs to be in the library of every therapist who takes on the difficult challenges of working with the traumatically bereaved. Rich with clinical wisdom and evidence-based practices, Treating Traumatic Bereavement provides a coherent and systematic treatment approach. It is theoretically sophisticated yet eminently and immediately useful to practicing clinicians. You will find yourself using this practical, compassionate book again and again in your professional journey with those who are grieving the most distressing of human losses.
-John R. Jordan, PhD,
private practice, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and Wellesley, Massachusetts