Present-Centered Group Therapy for PTSD: Embracing Today

Author(s) : Melissa S. Wattenberg, Author(s) : Daniel Lee Gross, Author(s) : Barbara L. Niles, Author(s) : William S. Unger, Author(s) : M. Tracie Shea

Present-Centered Group Therapy for PTSD: Embracing Today

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 276
  • Category :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Category 2 :
    Group Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 95695
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367338831
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367338

Reviews and Endorsements

"Present-Centered Group Therapy for PTSD: Embracing Today represents an important new evidence-based approach for treating PTSD. Suitable for therapists of virtually all theoretical orientations, this interpersonal skills-based treatment can be readily applied to all sources of trauma from military combat, sexual assault, domestic violence, and moving vehicle accidents. Its success rates parallel those found in all other effective treatments for PTSD." - Terence M. Keane, PhD, director, Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD, professor and assistant dean for research, Boston University School of Medicine.

"Drawing upon years of research findings, academic rigor and clinical practice, authors Melissa Wattenberg, Dan Gross, Barbara Niles, Bill Unger and M.Tricia Shea bring Present-Centered Group Therapy to the forefront as an evidenced-based and clinically sustaining group treatment for addressing PTSD. Their book Present-Centered Group Therapy for PTSD: Embracing Today, is as comprehensive as it is a clear and compelling. The chapters move from the origins, components and evidence of PCGT to a complete three chapter manual which invites the reader to learn from experts who have spent years helping veterans open a space and place for their present self in a trusted group. Followed by chapters which expand the readers understanding of " present" in PCGT, the efficacy of group in trauma treatment and the effective application of PCGT to other treatment contexts, this book is a unique contribution to trauma survivors and those working with them. We have come to a place and time where research and treatment inform each other with a true understanding of what trauma takes and what treatment works to return. The book, Present-Centered Group Therapy for PTSD: Embracing Today epitomizes that place and time." - Suzanne B. Phillips PsyD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist, psychoanalyst, diplomate in Group Psychology, Certified Group Therapist, fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

"Present Centered Group Therapy (PCGT) is an excellent alternative to trauma-focused treatment for PTSD that focuses on the here-and-now and not on traumatic memories. Through a combination of psychoeducation, problem solving, and group support, participants develop a better understanding of their PTSD symptoms and themselves, and learn how to embrace today by directly facing and overcoming the challenges in their lives. With over 20 years of research supporting its efficacy, PCGT is an effective, low stress option for treating PTSD, and helping people affected by trauma move on with their lives." - Kim T. Mueser, PhD, professor, Departments of Occupational Therapy and Psychological and Brain Sciences Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University.

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