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Trauma: Contemporary Directions in Theory, Practice, and Research is a comprehensive text on trauma, including such phenomena as sexual abuse, childhood trauma, PTSD, terrorism, natural disasters, cultural trauma, school shootings, and combat trauma. Addressing multiple theoretical systems and how each system conceptualizes trauma, the book offers valuable information about therapeutic process dimensions and the use of specialized methods and clinical techniques in trauma work, with an emphasis on how trauma treatment may affect the clinician. Intended for courses in clinical practice and psychopathology, the book may also be useful as a graduate-level text in the allied mental health professions.

Psychoanalytic Theory (Part II)
Psychoanalytic theory (part II)
Relational and Intersubjective Perspectives

With the emergence of relational and intersubjective perspectives in psychoanalytic treatment, the view of developmental trauma and its implications for psychodynamic treatment have significantly evolved and changed. As stated in the previous chapter, Ferenczi's (1933/1999) work, which was an important precursor to current psychodynamic trauma theory, departed from Freud's conceptualization of trauma as primarily an intrapsychic phenomenon. Ferenczi viewed his adult patients’ symptoms as directly related to external traumas in their childhoods, typically sexual abuse by parents and significant others, and believed their accounts of seduction by parents and other family members. He focused on the interpersonal nature of the traumas rather than viewing the symptoms as signifying internal conflicts related to the patients’ unacceptable ...

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