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Tools for Transforming Trauma


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Table of Contents


1. Understanding How Trauma Leads to PTSD
The Qualities of the Traumatic Experience
Post-Traumatic Cognitive Processing and Affect Dysregulation
The Recovery Environment
Individual Characteristics
Appraisal and Meaning
Classical Conditioning
Respondent Conditioning
Biology and Energy
The Amplification Circuit
Adaptive Resolutions
Maladaptive Resolutions
Basic Approaches to Treatment: The Consensus View

2. A Neo-Ericksonian Framework for Treating Trauma
Resource-Based Therapy Orientation
Solution and Mastery Orientations as Resources
Well-Formed Outcomes
The Relationship Between Solutions and Problems
Building Maps to the Future
A State of Consciousness Model of Trance and Trauma
Solution-Oriented Therapy and a SoC Model
Principles of Hypnotically Based Therapy
The Utilization Principle
Dissociation and its Utilization
The Narrative Approach
Framing, Defining, and Reframing Experience
Opportunities are Everywhere, You Just Have to Notice Them
A Therapy of Action and Interaction in the Real World
A General Pattern for Treating Trauma

3. The Tools Framework
The TOTE Model
Consistently Achieved Goals Require the Use of Different
Interventions as Assessment and Feedback
Interventions and Assessments as Agents of Change
Translating DSM Diagnoses into Action Plans for Change
An Algorithm for Translating DSM Diagnoses into Action Plans
The Interaction Between Therapist Skill Base and Personal Response
From Tools to Art

4. Tools for Safety, Ego Support, and Ego Growth
Affect Modulation
Creating and Strengthening Boundaries
End State Retraining

5. Tools for Transforming Traumatic Memory
PTSD as a Disorder of Memory
Memory and Healing
Tools for Processing Memory in Phase Two of Treatment
Memory Retrieval Approaches for Traumatic Memories
Memory Distortion, Magnification and Minimization: Clinical and Political Issues

6. The Use of Thought Field Therapy in Treating Trauma
Embrace the Paradigm Shift (Weirdness)
A Brief History of TFT and Energy Therapy
Mechanism of Therapeutic Action
TFT: A Noncathartic/Non Retraumatizing Method
When Treatment Does Not Work
Integrating Energy Treatment Within a Broader Therapy Context
How to Introduce TFT to Patients When You Are Still Learning

7. Tools for the Holistic Self
Own and Value Parts of the Self That Used to Be Disowned and De-valued
Feelings and Experiences
Actions and Stories
Memory and Awareness and the Therapy of "That What Is"
Be Connected to the Resources that Exist Internally and Externally
Finding the Current Problem That Is Represented in the Return of the Past: Taking Healthy Action
Solution-Oriented Questioning to Link Resources
Indentify Social Pressures and Modulate Their Influence on the Person so that the Person Can Choose How to Live

8. If You Meet the "Tool" on the Road, Leave It! - Person-of-the-Therapist Issues
Therapist as Witness
When the Therapy Goes Off Course
Acknowledging Powerlessness (Or, A Person's Got to Know His
When Therapists Cannot Manage Their Own Affect
The Survivor-Therapist
Three Tools for Working with the Therapist-Patient Relationship

Integration and Summary: Beyond Tools and Trauma
Epilogue: Tools for Transforming Terrorism
Other Resources

About the Author

Robert A. Schwarz, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist, clinical member of AAMFT, and an approved consultant in hypnosis. He has organized eight national conferences on treating trauma, four regional conferences on Ericksonian hypnosis, and two international conferences on brief therapy. He is co-author of Posttraumic Stress Disorder: A Clinician's Guide. He has been practicing psychotherapy and supervision in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years.


'True to its title, this highly useful book offers an abundance of interesting and practical interventions for psychotherapists seeking to provide relief from PTSD symptoms and empower trauma survivors to live healthier, more rewarding, and productive lives. Also included are a series of fresh and innovative ideas for enhancing care givers' continued personal and professional growth, self-development and self-care.' - Yvonne Dolan, MA, Author of Resolving Sexual Abuse, A Path with Heart and One Small Step

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