Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 245–246 | Cite as

Christine Courtois and Julian Ford (eds): Treating Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide

The Guildford Press, 2009, 48 pp, Retail Price: $55.00
  • Darren W. Holowka
  • Brian P. Marx

Overview of the Book

This edited volume by Courtois and Ford provides an overview of contemporary theory and clinical practice guidelines for conditions, termed here Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (TSDs), which arise in response to traumatic stress over prolonged periods of time, or at especially vulnerable developmental periods. While addressing an admittedly controversial topic, the editors of this volume have endeavored to produce a balanced and practical guide for the clinician who is faced with the complexity of a case that does not exhibit a typical PTSD presentation. The book begins with a definition of complex trauma and an overview of issues related to complex trauma, including neurobiological and developmental research and guidelines for best clinical practices with adults and adolescents. It describes approaches to assessment of the sequelae of prolonged trauma, as well as associated features of interest, such as attachment style and abuse history. It also provides...


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Personality Disorder Cultural Competence Attachment Style Borderline Personality Disorder 
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© GovernmentEmployee: Boston Veteran's Administration Healthcare System 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Center for PTSDVA Boston Healthcare System, Boston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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