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Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society

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About the Course:

The bestselling classic upon which this course is based presents seminal theory and research on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Together, the leading editors and contributors comprehensively examine how trauma affects an individual’s biology, conceptions of the world, and psychological functioning. Key topics include why certain people cope successfully with traumatic experiences while others do not, the neurobiological processes underlying PTSD symptomatology, enduring questions surrounding traumatic memories and dissociation, and the core components of effective interventions. A highly influential work that laid the foundation for many of the field’s continuing advances, this volume remains an immensely informative and thought-provoking clinical reference and text. A new preface to the paperback edition situates the book within the context of contemporary research developments.

This course is based on the book, Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society created by McFarlane, Alexander C. (editor), Weisaeth, Lars, M.D., Ph.D. (editor), and van der Kolk, Bessel A., M.D. (editor)

Journal/Publisher:

Guilford Press

Publication Date:

2007

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

McFarlane, Alexander C. (editor)
Alexander C. McFarlane is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in South Australia. His research in the field of trauma is wide ranging and began following a large bushfire disaster which affected his community in 1983. His clinical work is with victims of a variety of traumas, including accidents, disasters, torture, and war.
Weisaeth, Lars, M.D., Ph.D. (editor)
Lars Weisaeth, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Disaster Psychiatry at the University of Oslo, Norway, and frequent consultant to the United Nations and other international organizations regarding approaches to treating traumatized civilians and soldiers.
van der Kolk, Bessel A., M.D. (editor)
Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is Director of the Trauma Center at Human Resources Institute in Boston Massachusetts, a center for the treatment and study of traumatized children and adults. He is an Associate Professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the past President of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. He has done extensive research on developmental and biological aspects of the human adaptation to trauma, including studying the nature of traumatic memories. He was co-principal investigator for the DSM-IV Field Trial for PTSD. He is the author of two previous books on the human response to trauma: _PTSD: Psychological and Biological Sequelae_ (1984) and _Psychological Trauma_ (APA Press, 1987).

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek extensive knowledge about the many and varied forms of traumatic stress. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Become familiar with background issues and the history of trauma in psychiatry.
  2. Define acute traumatic stress and identify how it impacts varying populations.
  3. Explain the many and varied ways humans adapt to traumatic experiences, both productively and otherwise.
  4. Assess the roles that the mechanisms and processes of memory play in trauma.
  5. Identify developmental, social, and cultural issues that pertain to the understanding and treatment of trauma.
  6. Assess approaches presented to the treatment of trauma and be able to apply them as needed with appropriate patients/clients.

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