Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience: Insights from Psychoanalysts and Trauma Experts (Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series)

Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience: Insights from Psychoanalysts and Trauma Experts (Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series)

By: Richard B. Gartner (editor)Paperback

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Treating traumatized patients takes its toll on the treating clinician, giving rise over time to what Richard B. Gartner terms countertrauma in the psychoanalyst or therapist. Paradoxically, a clinician may also be imbued with a sense of optimism, or counterresilience, after learning how often the human spirit can triumph over heartbreakingly tragic experiences. Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience brings together a distinguished group of seasoned clinicians, both trauma specialists and psychoanalysts. Their personal reflections show what clinicians all too rarely dare to reveal: their personal traumatic material. They then discuss how they develop models for acknowledging, articulating, and synthesizing the countertrauma that arises from long-term exposure to patients' often-harrowing trauma. Writing openly, using viscerally affecting language, the contributors to this exceptional collection share subjective and sometimes intimate material, shedding light on the inner lives of people who work to heal the wounds of psychic trauma. By the same token, many of these clinicians describe how working intimately with traumatized individuals can affect the listener positively, recounting how patients' resilience evokes counterresilience in the therapist, allowing the clinician to benefit from ongoing contact with patients who deal bravely with horrific adversity. Paradoxically, a clinician may be imbued with a sense of optimism after learning how often the human spirit can triumph over heartbreakingly tragic experiences. Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists, and trauma experts, offering a valuable resource to those beginning their careers in mental health work, to teachers and supervisors of trauma therapists, to experienced clinicians struggling with burnout, and to anyone who wants to understand the psychotherapeutic process or indeed the human condition.

About Author

Richard B. Gartner, Ph.D., is Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty, and Founding Director of the Sexual Abuse Service at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute, which has honored him with its Director's Award for his contributions to the psychoanalytic understanding of trauma. He is the author of Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men (1999), runner up for the Gradiva Award for Best Book on a Clinical Subject given by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP), as well as Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse (2005). He also edited Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation (1996) and serves on the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is a co-founder and Past President of MaleSurvivor.org, which honored him by establishing an award in his name for Clinical Contributions; is a Fellow of the Divisions of Psychoanalysis and Trauma of the American Psychological Association; and is Faculty for the Trauma Treatment Center at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. A pioneer in treating sexually abused men, Dr. Gartner has written and spoken widely about the subject and has been quoted in media throughout the world.

Contents

Foreword. Personal and Conceptual Reflections by Laurie Anne Pearlman Introduction. An Evolution of Ideas Richard B. Gartner Chapter 1 Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience Richard B. Gartner Chapter 2. Encountering Trauma, Countertrauma, and Countering Trauma Sandra L. Bloom Chapter 3. The Interpersonal-Relational Field, Countertrauma, and Counterresilience: The Impact of Treating Trauma and Dissociation Sheldon Itzkowitz Chapter 4. Words on the Ground Mikele Rauch Chapter 5. Sexual Thoughts and Feelings in the Countertransference: Can We Dance to the Music, Safely? Richard A. Chefetz Chapter 6. Point counterpoint: The paradox of healing traumatic injury Karen Hopenwasser Chapter 7. Speaking to and Validating Emotional Truth in the Jury-Built Self: On Therapeutic Action in the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Trauma Elizabeth Howell Chapter 8. Growing Together: A Contextual Perspective on Countertrauma, Counterresilience, and Countergrowth Steven N. Gold Chapter 9. Lessons I Never Wanted to Learn Kathy Steele Chapter 10. From the Holocaust to the Treatment Room: A Personal Journey Philip J. Kinsler Chapter 11. First Feelings: Countertransference Reactions in Disaster Mental Health Jill Bellinson Chapter 12. The Bristlecone Project: Transforming Survivors' Trauma and Despair, and My Own David Lisak Chapter 13. Locked in with Amy: Treating the dying patient Ruth H. Livingston Chapter 14. Lessons Learned Treating Traumatized Teachers Jane E. Gartner Chapter 15. Countertrauma and her Twin, Counterresilience, and Why I Don't Watch Scary Movies Anymore Alison Feit Chapter 16. Academic Trauma: Indirect Experience, Far-Reaching Effect Judith L. Alpert Chapter 17. Clinical Consultation Helps Transform Vicarious Traumatization Karen W. Saakvitne Chapter 18: Colleague Betrayal: Countertrauma Manifestation? Christine A. Courtois Afterword: Richard B. Gartner

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781138860919
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781138860919
  • weight: 478
  • ISBN10: 1138860913

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