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Recovery from Trauma

A large literature now exists on trauma recovery, best practices, and different therapeutic approaches, well summarized in recent such key texts as that edited by Christine Courtois and Julian Ford, and in the volume edited by Edna B. Foa and colleagues. The focus in this entry will be on contextualizing concepts of trauma recovery generally, with greater emphasis on recovery from complex trauma specifically.

Recovery from trauma is typically both mul-tidetermined and multidimensional in nature, and the process of recovery is a dynamic and complex phenomenon. As stated in the entry in this encyclopedia titled “Trauma Resilience, Ecology of,” what recovery from trauma “looks like” depends on a confluence of factors, such as “the nature and chronicity of the events in question; demographic factors such as ...

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