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This informative book gives mental health professionals who are not child abuse specialists knowledge and skills that are especially relevant to their direct service role and practice context. It introduces to these practitioners a conceptual bridge between biomedical and psychosocial understandings of mental disorder, providing a multidimensional approach that allows professionals to think holistically and connect clients' abusive pasts with their present-day symptoms and behaviors. It includes reviews of the most up-to-date findings with direct practice guides in helping clients.

Understanding Power
Understanding power

Power exists in all relationships, and its expression can take multiple forms. Survivors, however, know only one form: power that harms, wounds, humiliates, and conquers. This type of power is called “dominance” and is characterized by its win-lose quality and by the application of coercion or force. The strong can ...

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