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.

The Healing and Recovery Process

The healing and recovery process

When mental health professionals first confront the sheer extent of child abuse among psychiatric clients, they can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. The fact that clients have actually lived through these experiences seems miracle enough. Shouldn't they now be left in peace? Why drive them onward to confront ...

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