The Impact of Complex Trauma on Development describes what happens cognitively and emotionally, behaviorally and relationally, to people who are repeatedly traumatized in childhood. Part One brings together trauma theory with a number of theories of human development. It directly addresses and describes developmental pathology and its origins. Through powerful examples, it conveys to the reader the pain and destruction caused by ongoing trauma, abuse, and continuous stress. Part Two, written from the perspective of a clinician who has worked extensively with traumatized children and adults, is primarily directed to mental health professionals and graduate students. These chapters are devoted to describing how to recognize the pathological consequences of trauma and how to intervene and remediate these developmental deficits. The overarching theory is psychoanalytically-based and developmental, but other treatment approaches are integrated into the therapy when they are developmentally and therapeutically appropriate.
The text raises important questions related to the development of the self, its relationship to therapy, and the diagnosis and treatment of complex trauma in children, adolescents, and adults.
1 Preface 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 I. Chapter 4 1. What Is Complex Interpersonal Trauma-and Why Does It Matter Chapter 5 2. Early Development and Attachment: The Earliest Interpersonal Trauma Chapter 6 3. Understanding the World Through Sensation, Perception, and Imagery Chapter 7 4. Fully Awake Chapter 8 5. Emotional Development and Complex Trauma Chapter 9 6. The Impact of Complex Trauma on Cognitive Development Chapter 10 7. Memory and Complex Trauma Chapter 11 8. The Impact of Trauma on Behavior Chapter 12 9. Identity Development and Complex Trauma Chapter 13 10. Complex Trauma and Relationships Part 14 II. Chapter 15 11. The Importance of Ongoing Assessment Chapter 16 12. Treatment of Complex Trauma: Relationships Chapter 17 13. Treatment of Complex Trauma: Constriction and Intrusions Chapter 18 14. Treatment of COmplex Trauma: Integration Chapter 19 15. Conclusions and Cultural Implications 20 Bibliography 21 Index 22 About the Authors