Trauma Psychology
Issues in Violence, Disaster, Health, and Illness
by Elizabeth K. Carll, Ph.D., ed.
August 2007, 712pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-98525-7
$248, £184, 214€, A336
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Experts present current knowledge and emerging research on trauma from events as diverse as kidnapping, killing, and terrorism to those as common and widespread as injuries from motor vehicle accidents or burns to homelessness and violence against women.

These volumes by a team of internationally recognized experts reflect and highlight both recognized and under-recognized events that cause trauma. They also examine current and emerging research on effective interventions to minimize and heal the effects of the trauma. Special attention is also given to culture and context, because what is considered healthy or problematic may vary widely across cultures, and culture can influence people’s coping styles. Sources of trauma discussed include stalking, killing, terrorism, torture, kidnap, workplace violence, domestic violence, children and war, fires, floods, AIDS, pain, burns, spinal cord injury, children and medical illness, homelessness, and more. Case examples, treatment recommendations, and public policy recommendations are included in each of the chapters.

The growing field of trauma psychology has been spurred recently by natural events from Hurricane Katrina to the Tsunami, and by terrorist events worldwide, as well as chronic health and social issues—from persistent pain to homelessness—that are mounting. The experts offer a gripping overview of the most traumatic and widespread events causing trauma and of the symptoms and health impairment that may result. Most important, they explain how we can best recognize, understand, and treat the sufferers and develop intervention policies.


"Comprehensive collections."—Choice, April 1, 2008

"The twenty-four chapters in the combined set reflect both compellingly unique and comprehensive perspectives on the ways that traumatic events, whether of a violent or medical nature, can take hold of aspects of a person's life and be encapsulated in enduring patterns of posttraumatic symptoms and clinical stress. Dr. Carll has succeeded in bringing together an outstanding group of exemplary practitioners who have significant specializations and clinical experience in the trauma areas they write about. Each of these experts has sensitivity integrated state-of-the-art assessment, treatment, research, and policy perspectives in his or her chapter. The value of this two-volume set is deepened by an integrated focus on immediate and long-term therapeutic and the role and importance of cultural factors in the healing process."—NYSPA Notebook, 00/00/00

"[A] vital, relevant, impressive resource for clinical psychologists -- especially for those of us whose clients have been traumatized by violent encounters or major health issues."—Independent Practitioner, July 1, 2008

"These two volumes are a welcome and valuable addition to the explosion of data on trauma and healing."—PyscCRITIQUES, May 14, 2008

"These two volumes on Trauma Psychology, aptly edited by Elizabeth Carll, represent an impressive array of research, practice, and public policy recommendations spanning the entire range of human trauma. It is must reading for everyone in health services, the media, professionals in many disciplines, and especially politicians. I found it to be a treasure trove of vital information not only about core issues in violence and disasters, both natural and malevolent, but equally so about treatment, prevention, and resilience."—Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, Author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (Random House)

"Trauma Psychology is a unique, important, timely, ground-breaking book, bringing to light key issues surrounding a wide range of traumas. Refreshing is its attention too many long-neglected traumatic experiences, including challenges associated with a variety of serious illnesses and injuries. Written by experienced clinicians and researchers from around the globe and providing specific treatment recommendations to guide therapists, Trauma Psychology makes a significant contribution to this rapidly growing field."—Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Author of Finding My Way: A Teen's Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma

"Trauma Psychology Issues in Violence, Disaster, Health, and Illness addresses the often neglected psychological aftermath of trauma from the useful perspective of the varieties of traumatic experience. Leading experts authoritatively discuss the phenomenology and treatment of the emotional residue of trauma with an intellectually satisfying combination of data and clinical wisdom. The two volumes distill the resilience that comes from carefully studying and healing humans in harms way."—David Spiegel, M.D., Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Co-Editor, Traumatic Dissociation: Neurobiology and Treatment

"Dr. Carll's book is essential reading in understanding the dynamics of human psychology when exposed to violence, disaster and trauma, and for developing life strategies in coping with these very real issues."—Jack J. Cambria, Commanding Officer, NYPD Hostage Negotiation Team

"Trauma Psychology: Issues in Violence, Disaster, Health, and Illness is a must read for anyone interested in public health and safety, especially policy makers, public safety leaders and first responders in dealing with the psychological well being of individuals, families and communities. The public policy recommendations included in the chapters are especially useful to both the public and private sectors."—David A Grider, Battalion Chief, Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis, IN.

"Trauma Psychology: Issues in Violence, Disaster, Health and Illness offers an important advance in our understanding of the many arenas in which trauma can occur and the therapeutic steps and public policy initiatives that can be taken to help survivors recover and heal."—Sybil Carrere, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Child Development and Family Relations, California State University San Bernardino

"These 2 volumes break new ground in articulating current thinking and approaches to a new field of public and clinical concern. They would make a useful text for advanced undergraduates, beginning graduate level students, as well as professionals who are in the mental health fields e.g. firemen, police, etc. who deal with trauma as part of their normal activities."—Leonard Diller, Phd, Director Of Psychology, Rusk Institute Of Rehabilitation Medicine and Rehabilitation, NYU School of Medicine

"Elizabeth Carll has made a significant contribution to our knowledge of trauma psychology. Her book Trauma Psychology: Issues in Violence, Disaster, Health and Illness is a powerful new tool in the field of mental health for professionals and students.' "—Vassiliki Boukouvala, PhD
Secretary General

Coordinator of Psychosocial Interventions in the Aftermath of Disasters

Association of Greek Psychologists (AGP)
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