Countertransference in the Treatment of PTSD by John P. WilsonCountertransference in the Treatment of PTSD by John P. Wilson

Countertransference in the Treatment of PTSD

byJohn P. WilsonEditorJacob D. Lindy

Hardcover | March 10, 1994

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It is now widely recognized that mental health professionals who work with trauma victims are themselves at risk for powerful countertransference reactions (CTRs), vicarious victimization, and stress-related "burnout." This volume is the first book in the field of traumatic stress studies to systematically examine the unique role of countertransference processes in psychotherapy outcome. Emphasizing the need for carefully deliberated action, this volume offers vital new insights into the victim-healer relationship and presents detailed techniques to promote awareness of affective reactions for anyone working with sufferers of PTSD and its comorbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

Part I introduces readers to theoretical and conceptual foundations of countertransference in post-traumatic therapies. Illustrated with case examples, the relationship of empathic strain to countertransference and two types of therapist defenses are examined. Chapters in Part II discuss countertransference issues that arise in the treatment of victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, including survivors of rape and early childhood trauma; children traumatized by urban violence; patients with multiple personality disorder; and acutely traumatized children.

Part III examines therapists'' reactions in work with victims of war trauma, civil violence, and political oppression, as well as other groups whose trauma must be understood in specific cultural and historical context. Explicit examples of avoidant and overidentification responses are presented. Finally, Part IV expands the discussion of trauma and countertransference to survivors of both direct and indirect trauma, such as that of rescue workers who, during natural disasters, are exposed to the threat of the disaster and the plight of those they attempt to help. Throughout, case vignettes illustrate the signs and symptoms of trauma-specific CTRs as they unfold during treatment. The roles through which clinicians can successfully engage survivors are also detailed.

Rich with explicit suggestions for providing compassionate and intelligent care, this insightful volume is ideal for psychotherapists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals working with people suffering from PTSD. Similarly,Countertransference in the Treatment of PTSDis a valuable classroom text for courses dealing with the treatment of trauma victims and its implications for psychotherapists.
John P. Wilson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Cleveland State University and widely recognized international expert in PTSD. He was a cofounder and past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Wilson is the author ofTrauma, Transformation, and Healing, and coeditor, with Beverley Raphael, ofThe Int...
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Title:Countertransference in the Treatment of PTSDFormat:HardcoverDimensions:406 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 inPublished:March 10, 1994Publisher:Guilford Publications

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Table of Contents

I. Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Countertransference in Post-Traumatic Therapies

1. Empathic Strain and Countertransference, John P. Wilson and Jacob D. Lindy

2. Empathic Strain and Therapist Defense: Type I and II CTRs, John P. Wilson, Jacob D. Lindy, and Beverley Raphael

3. Empathic Strain and Countertransference Roles: Case Illustrations, Jacob D. Lindy and John P. Wilson

II. Countertransference in the Treatment of Victims of Sexual, Physical, and Emotional Abuse

4. The Dance of Empathy: A Hermeneutic Formulation of Countertransference, Empathy, and Understanding in the Treatment of Individuals Who Have Experienced Early Childhood Trauma, I. Lisa McCann and Joseph Colletti

5. Countertransference in the Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder, Richard P. Kluft

6. Inner City Children of Trauma: Urban Violence Traumatic Stress Response Syndrome (U-VTS) and Therapists'' Responses, Erwin Randolph Parson

7. Countertransference in the Treatment of Acutely Traumatized Children, Kathleen Nader

8. Rape and the Phenomena of Countertransference, Carol R. Hartman and Helene Jackson

III. Countertransference Reactions in Work with Victims of War Trauma, Civil Violence, and Political Oppression

9. Countertransference in the Treatment of Southeast Asian Refugees, J. David Kinzie

10. Determinant Factors for Countertransference Reactions under State Terrorism, Inger Agger and Soren Buus Jensen

11. Countertransference in the Treatment of War Veterans, Michael J. Maxwell and Cynthia Sturm

12. Countertransference and World War II Resistance Fighters: Issues in Diagnosis and Assessment, Wybrand Op den Velde, G. Frank Koerselman, and Petra G. H. Aarts

IV. Countertransference in "At-Risk" Professionals: Rescue Workers, Mental Health Providers, and Persons at the Workplace

13. When Disaster Strikes: Managing Emotional Reactions in Rescue Workers, Beverley Raphael and John P. Wilson

14. Trauma and Countertransference in the Workplace, Christine Dunning

15. Countertransference, Trauma, and Training, Yael Danieli

16. Beyond Empathy: New Directions for the Future, Jacob D. Lindy and John P. Wilson

Index

From Our Editors

It is now widely recognized that mental health professionals who work with trauma victims are themselves at risk for powerful countertransference reactions (CTRs), vicarious victimization, and stress-related "burnout". This volume is the first book in the field of traumatic stress studies to systematically examine the unique role of countertransference processes in psychotherapy outcome. Emphasizing the need for carefully deliberated action, this volume offers vital new insights into the victim-healer relationship and presents detailed techniques to promote awareness of affective reactions for anyone working with sufferers of PTSD and its comorbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Rich with explicit suggestions for providing compassionate and intelligent care, this insightful volume is ideal for psychotherapists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals working with people suffering from PTSD. Similarly, Countertransference in the Treatment of PTSD is a valuable classroom text for courses dealing with the treatment of trauma

Editorial Reviews

..."it hasn''t discovered a new clinical phenomenon. The value of this book resides in the thoughtful ways the contributors discuss monitoring one''s countertransference and their compassionate and efficacious responses to the suffering of their patients." --"Psychotherapy" "This is a useful book for psychotherapists, mental health workers, and students working with post-traumatic stress. It is the fist book in the field of traumatic stress to address the conceptual issues involved in countertransference within the process of therapy as well as to provide specific case examples within varied trauma settings. The book links theoretical and practical issues involved in trauma work and helps stimulate creative though in clinicians to more adequately assist survivors of trauma." --"Doody''s Annual" "A worthy addition to the trauma literature...No one working in the field of disaster, regardless of theorectical affilation, should let COUNTERTRANSFERENCE IN THE TREATMENT OF PTSD pass by unread." --"Contemporary Psychology" "This volume is a "must-read" for clinicans treating persons who have been exposed to trauma and disasters...This seminal book offers clinicans a sound guide for practice and researchers a tool for better understanding what factors enhance and impede the psychotherapy of trauma survivors."-- "Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease" "In this fascinating volume, many different authorities in the field present in-depth analyses of what we ordinarily describe as countertransference reactions, but they also explore unusual and extraordinary facets of countertransference reactions to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I would recommend this book to alltherapists, but it should be required reading for any theapist who deals extensively with PTSD." --"Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research" ..."particularly useful for gaining an appreciation of the unique stresses on the professional''s empathic relationship with traumatized individuals. The book could easily serve as a text for teaching students and as a stimulus for ongoing case supervision and peer group discussion....There is not a single chapter here that I did not learn something from....I would highly recommend it to those doing psychotherapy or working in any other way with traumatized individuals." --"Psychiatric Services" "This volume is the first book in the field of traumatic stress studies to examine the unique role of countertransference processes in psychotherapy outcome with patients who have suffered severe trauma in their lives....This book is an invaluable aid..." "--Digest of Neurology and Psychiatry" "Psychotherapists who treat patients with PTSD will find this book a very welcome addition to their bookshelf." --"Psychotherapy in Private Practice"