Reconstructing Meaning After Trauma: Theory, Research, And Practice by Elizabeth M AltmaierReconstructing Meaning After Trauma: Theory, Research, And Practice by Elizabeth M Altmaier

Reconstructing Meaning After Trauma: Theory, Research, And Practice

byElizabeth M Altmaier

Paperback | January 4, 2017

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Reconstructing Meaning After Trauma: Theory, Research, and Practiceinforms actual therapeutic work with clients who present with traumas or other life disruptions by providing clinicians with information on the construction of meaning. It includes material on diverse mechanisms of clinical change and positive-promoting processes.

The book covers identifiable treatments and specific lines of research in assisting clients in developing new meaning, such as posttraumatic growth (after sexual assault, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer, destructive natural phenomena, such as hurricanes, and refugee experiences), and finding benefit (in the context of loss loss of health, or loss of a loved one).



  • Addresses a specific treatment or line of research
  • Includes extended case vignettes at the beginning of each chapter
  • Describes the associated theoretical background for each method
  • Summarizes the research supporting each mechanism
  • Concludes with a discussion of future directions for treatment, research, and theory
Elizabeth Altmaier, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, College of Education, University of Iowa. Professor Altmaier's research interests concern adjustment to and coping with challenging events and circumstances; her publications focus on cancer and its treatment, interpersonal offense...
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Title:Reconstructing Meaning After Trauma: Theory, Research, And PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:January 4, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128030151

ISBN - 13:9780128030158

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Foundations of Meaning and Trauma

Chapter 1. Making Meaning in the Wake of Trauma: Resilience and Redemption

Chapter 2. Meaning Violation and Restoration Following Trauma: Conceptual Overview and Clinical Implications

Chapter 3. With the Fierce and Loving Embrace of Another Soul: Finding Connection and Meaning After the Profound Disconnection of Betrayal Trauma

Part 2. Mechanisms of Meaning Loss and Restoration

Chapter 4. Gender and Meaning Making: The Experiences of Individuals With Cancer

Chapter 5. Forgiveness Therapy in the Reconstruction of Meaning Following Interpersonal Trauma

Chapter 6. Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma and Meaning Making Among Ethnically Diverse Individuals in the United States

Part 3. Population Specific Applications

Chapter 7. Reconstructing Meaning After Sexual Assault

Chapter 8. Growth and Meaning From Negotiating the Complex Journey of Being an Emergency Medical Dispatcher

Chapter 9. Meaning Making Concerning Acquired Disability

Chapter 10. Expressive Arts: A Group Intervention for Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers and Young Adults

Chapter 11. Making Meaning After Combat Trauma and Moral Injury

Part 4. Conclusion

Chapter 12. Meaning Making and Trauma Recovery