• Kirtland C. Peterson
  • Maurice F. Prout
  • Robert A. Schwarz
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Upon reflection, we certainly hope the amount of information has not so overloaded the reader as to become a traumatic experience. This volume has been meant to serve as a clinical guide for mental health professionals interested in working with victims of trauma. If we have been successful the following goals should have been reached:
  1. 1.

    There should be little doubt in the reader’s mind that PTSD exists as a psychological/psychiatric disorder.23

  2. 2.

    Readers should have a clear understanding of the primary and secondary symptoms of PTSD.

  3. 3.

    Readers should be aware of the view that human reaction to trauma tends to run a course with several possible end points.

  4. 4.

    Readers should understand the major theoretical formulations for understanding PTSD. They should also have an appreciation for the interaction of the different psychological variables that impact on the PTSD patient.

  5. 5.

    Clinicians will be better able to evaluate PTSD in both the clinical and forensic contexts.

  6. 6.

    Mental health providers will have a clearer understanding of the parameters involved in the therapy of PTSD. Clinicians will be more able to choose treatment modalities or integrate different modalities

  7. 7.

    Researchers should have a fuller appreciation of the important challenging questions to be addressed.



Personality Disorder Mental Health Provider Ptsd Patient Mental Health Field Full Appreciation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirtland C. Peterson
    • 1
  • Maurice F. Prout
    • 2
  • Robert A. Schwarz
    • 2
  1. 1.Staub-Peterson: Consultation, Training, Development, Inc.GreensboroUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Graduate Clinical PsychologyWidener UniversityChesterUSA

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