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Group Trauma Treatment in Early Recovery: Promoting Safety and Self-Care.


Group Trauma Treatment in Early Recovery: Promoting Safety and Self-Care

Judith Lewis Herman and Diya Kallivayalil

Guilford Press


150 pages



This treatment guide details a time-limited, group treatment approach called the Trauma Information Group for trauma survivors in an early stage of recovery in different settings. Developed at the Victims of Violence Program, it combines a psychoeducational and cognitive framework with a supportive relational group process and uses educational worksheets that provide information about trauma and recovery to structure the group, to help patients understand trauma and build new coping skills. The guide also includes instructions for group leaders on how to build on the therapeutic potential of a group by developing an interpersonal process that relieves shame and fosters a sense of belonging. After a review of the literature on group treatment for interpersonal violence, chapters explain how to maintain the educational format of the group while fostering a supportive group process, with session instructions that focus on topics related to the impact of trauma, such as safety and self care, trust, anger, remembering, and shame; the challenges of group leadership; and how to adapt the Trauma Information Group for different populations, such as male survivors of violence and Latina immigrants. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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