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Narrative Exposure Therapy: A Short-Term Intervention for Traumatic Stress Disorders after War, Terror, or Torture

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Maggie Schauer; Frank Neuner; Thomas Elbert
Date Published
68 pages
This book describes a new and successful short-term treatment for traumatic stress and PTSD called Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET).
Results show that NET has proved successful in projects in areas such as Kosova, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Nigeria, as well as in controlled trials in Gainesville, FL and Louvain, Belgium. Three to six sessions can be sufficient to afford considerable relief. This book provides both experienced clinicians and trainees with all the knowledge and skills needed to treat trauma survivors using this approach, which is especially useful in crisis regions where longer-term interventions are not possible. Part I of the book describes the theoretical background. Part II covers the therapeutic approach in detail, with practical advice and tools. Part III focuses on special issues such as dealing with challenging moments during therapy, defense mechanisms for the therapist, and ethical issues. A series of appendixes include further practical aides such as a handout on depression, a drug-dependency questionnaire, and an informed consent form.