Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction

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Victor R. Volkman
Loving Healing Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Psychology - 333 pages
Victor Volkman has created a tool that takes the mystery out of one of the more remarkably effective clinical procedures in a way that can help millions of people revitalize and improve their lives. To those desperate people who have experienced trauma or tragedy, this process is a pathway to dealing with their feelings and getting on with their lives. In the new book Beyond Trauma, Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction Volkman presents a series of conversations with a wide range of people from many different backgrounds and experiences. Each provides his or her perspective on Traumatic Incident Reduction, or TIR for short. The book explains the techniques used by professionals and patients to help people sort out, resolve and overcome the negative effects of painful suffering. Untold countless people have to deal with trauma in a wide variety of situations: Soldiers who experience war or injury, families dealing with death, chemical or substance abuse, parental neglect, child or sexual abuse, terrorism, crime and punishment. Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR), is unique in that it addresses both people suffering from the effects of traumatic stress and the practitioners who help them. This method has been effective in dealing with many areas of trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in such diverse groups as veterans, children, 9/11 survivors, motor vehicle accident and sexual abuse survivors. TIR is a brief, one-on-one, non-hypnotic, person-centered, simple, and highly structured method for permanently eliminating the negative effects of past traumas. Contributors include world-renowned experts in traumatology including Windy Dryden, Ph.D., Joyce Carbonell, Ph.D., and TIR's developer Frank A. Gerbode, M.D. Beyond Trauma highlights stories of TIR helping survivors to regain control of their lives. This book will be life changing not only for survivors of traumatic incidents but also for the professionals committed to helping them. "Not in 30+ years of practice have I used a more remarkably effective clinical procedure." --Robert H. Moore, Ph.D. What people are saying about this book: . "Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction is an excellent resource to begin one's mastery in this area of practice." --Michael G. Tancyus, LCSW, DCSW, Augusta Behavioral Health . "I have found Beyond Trauma to be EXCEPTIONALLY HELPFUL in understanding and practicing TIR in broad and diverse areas of practice, not just in traditional trauma work. The information from various points of view is really priceless." --Gerry Bock, Registered Clinical Counsellor, B.C. Canada . "Beyond Trauma offers PTSD sufferers a glimpse at a light at the end of the tunnel, while providing mental health workers with a revolutionary technique that could increase their success rate with traumatized clients" --Jeni Mayer, Body Mind Spirit Magazine . "Having read the book, I feel that I have already become better at working with distressed clients." -- Bob Rich, Ph.D.

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"Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction" provides a wealth of information on traumatic incident reduction in a very reader-friendly format. Each chapter is self-contained, making it easy to find information relating to a particular situation without having to read the book from cover to cover. This book contains a detailed explanation of what "traumatic incident reduction" is, as well as offering a wide variety of situations in which TIR would be useful (for instance, grief and loss, crime, terrorism, and accidents). Each chapter has its own reference list, making it easy to find further reading for each particular subject within this book. The book is comprised of the experiences of a number of people with experience with TIR, so the reader is given quite an array of opinions on the subject. The book neatly wraps up with four appendixes, including a well thought out "Frequently Asked Questions" section.
"Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction" is an essential reference book for any professional interested in or already working in this area of expertise. Furthermore, it would be beneficial to anyone who has suffered trauma and is interested in a deeper understanding of this particular method of reduction and treatment. It does read a bit like a textbook, which could be intimidating to the average reader. But the information contained within these pages is well worth reading.
Reviewed by Danielle Feliciano for Reader Views (3/06)

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Page 19 - Support for the necessity of dealing directly with the primary trauma to resolve a PTSD case comes from many corners of the profession. In their review of theoretical and empirical issues in the treatment of PTSD, Fairbank and Nicholson (1987) conclude that, of all the approaches in use, only those involving some form of direct imaginal exposure to the trauma have been successful. Roth and Newman (1991) describe the ideal resolution process as one involving "a reexperiencing of the affect associated...

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Victor R. Volkman is the webmaster for the Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA) and owner of Loving Healing Press. He is a trained Metapsychology facilitator, but primarily works on the TIRA Public Information Commitee and in support his wife's Metapsychology practice as well. He is the author of several computer programming books and teaches part-time at the community college level.

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