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Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction, Second Edition (Explorations in Metapsychology) [Paperback]

By Victor R. Volkman (Editor)
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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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Pages   333
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2005
Publisher   Loving Healing Press
ISBN  1932690042  
ISBN13  9781932690040  

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Revolutionary Technique for Traumatic Incident Reduction   Sep 23, 2006
Beyond Trauma is written for those with a history of trauma who are looking for answers and resolution of their past. It is also written as a resource for mental health professionals who are interested in a powerful and proven approach to resolving the effects of past traumas.

The structure of the book is well organized and arranged so that each chapter is self-contained and stands alone. After reading chapter one which introduces the subject of "Trauma and Traumatic Incident Reduction" (TRI) the reader can move to a specific area of application of interest or need. The chapters cover various experiences such as: trauma experienced by veterans, by crime victims, by victims of terrorism, by those going through grief, and those experiencing trauma as the result of the death of a child, etc. Volkman has dedicated an entire chapter to using TIR in dealing with children. I found this to be interesting and insightful.

Mental health practitioners in addition to gaining insights on the above applications of TRI will also find the chapters on Traumatology, Research Projects, and Integrating Therapies helpful.

The final chapter on Metapsychology will enhance the reader's understanding of why TIR works as it does. This final chapter is made up of articles by Frank A. Gerbode, M.D., former Director of the Institute for Research in Metapsychology. Gerbode has been a leader in establishing Applied Metapsychology.

Informational material and case studies have been provided by experienced practicing Metapsycholoy facilitators from around the world from various points of view who have found TRI effective in their practice. The book shares the stories of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Their stories will not only be of interest for the insight they provide the reader but become excellent examples for clinical study. Recorded interviews by Victor Volkman and the testimonies of the victims themselves attest to the success of the TRI approach of treatment.

This second edition of Beyond Trauma is especially timely and important in light of battle scared servicemen returning from the Gulf War. Editor Victor Volkman has added two new chapters and a dozen new articles to this edition. The two new chapters are, "TIR Research Projects," and "TIR in the Workplace." The new articles and papers update existing chapters and shed new light on this revolutionary technique for helping traumatized clients.

Well documented research, tables, appendices, end notes, references and a comprehensive index add to the value of this book as a resource tool for future reference.

I personally found the material relating to veterans helpful. I have a new understanding of the difficulty of those who served in Viet Nam. TIR gives hope for a quicker transition for some of those now serving in the Middle East. Another area of personal interest was the study on "Trauma Resolution in an At-Risk Youth Program." This kind of research is a proactive measure in crime prevention and offers hope for the growing number of at-risk youth in American society today.

These "Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction" provide a remarkable resource for trauma victims and professional facilitators alike.

PTSD Encountered and Countered  Apr 11, 2006
"This is the first time I read about Applied Metapsychology in clinical practice. I am lucky to have come across a concise, eminently-readable, empathic, joy-filled, hands-on text.

Replete with examples, exercises, episodes from the author's life, and tips - this is a must for therapists (the book uses a much more benign term: "facilitators"), clients, and anyone who seeks heightened emotional welfare - or merely to recover from a trauma.

The book avoids the twin traps of professional condescension and incomprehensible argot. The author treats both mental health practitioners and laymen with equal respect and provides them with the tools they need. It is all about enhancing personal growth by finding your place among others - a kind of adult re-socialization for better relationships in the broadest sense of the word.

Contrary to the psychodynamic schools of treatment, Applied Metapsychology, as the author continuously emphasizes, is person-centered. It revolves around the client - it is user-friendly. The therapist is there (if at all) only as a catalyst. The exercises, concepts, and tools made available in this rich volume are geared to be easily applied without external facilitation. Metapsychology strikes me as disintermediation at its best - and this little book is a treasure trove. Sam Vaknin, author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited".
Essential reference book  Mar 31, 2006
Reviewed by Danielle Feliciano for Reader Views (3/06)

"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.

Rapid Resolution of Trauma  Sep 2, 2005
"TIR allows practitioners to address trauma more deeply while simultaneously resolving trauma quickly." ~Victor R. Volkman

TIR (Trauma Incident Reduction) can be used on the frontlines of disasters. It can help people cope with what has just occurred and it can permanently eliminate PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) symptoms.

This one-on-one, non-hypnotic, person-centered, structured therapy helps patients to run experience through their minds until insights appear. This time of reflection seems to encourage people to not only face what has happened, but to understand the impact and then to begin the journey out of trauma and into healing.

As a survivor of PSTD, I can truly say this book is rather enlightening. I experienced many of the symptoms discussed in this book after a few very troubling years of major breakups, car accidents and dramatic life changes including surviving a hurricane in the Caribbean on my honeymoon. A hurricane is truly one of the most frightening experiences you can endure. My own experience happened 10 years ago during the same time of year as Hurricane Katrina.

The process I went through to stabilize my own psyche involved many of the techniques discussed in this book, however my recovery was based on friends and family listening. In fact, the main concept in TIR seems to be "listening."

When a patient begins to experience PTSD they may not even realize what is happening. I didn't even know about PTSD or what a panic attack was until I read about the symptoms. People who experience devastation not only have to rebuild their lives, they have to deal with anger, anxiety, panic attacks, flashbacks, claustrophobia, insomnia, nightmares, rage, depression, fatigue, obsessive thoughts, guilt and a number of issues relating to PTSD.

The techniques described in this book will help individuals dealing with adjustment disorders, acute stress, phobias, sexual abuse, domestic violence, mourning and depression. The topics also include crime, grief, loss, abuse, accident victims, loss of a child, loss of a partner and surviving the experiences in a war. There is an excellent example of a woman who goes from experiencing a great loss to recounting the memory and then comes to terms with her grief. Psychotherapists also tell about their experiences and how TIR helped their patients:

When he finished, looked at me and was
crying, he said, "You Know, you are the only person
who has ever listened to me.
I feel better already. ~Alex Frater, Psychotherapist

The next logical step after reading this book seems to be attending a workshop or ordering the TIR and Metapsychology Lecture Series. There is a list of TIR trainers with Q & A to help you decide on a teacher or find out about a website filled with information on TIR. The interviews with people who have training in TIR makes this entire solution much easier to understand. I would suggest reading the question and answer section in the Appendix B first because it truly introduces you to TIR.

This book does seem to be written to encourage professionals to take a TIR workshop. Recommended to Psychologists, Social Workers, Traumatologists, Compassion Fatigue Specialists and anyone interested in Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome.

In my own life and the life of family members and friend I have seen that talking about incidents is more healing than repressing feelings. It might be painful to talk about your experiences, but that is how many people find a path to healing and sometimes you really can't heal the trauma until you face and understand the circumstances that caused the PTSD. The healing seems to be very rapid after you identify the causes and then implement solutions. TIR seems to take patients to a place where they can begin the healing process much more quickly.

~The Rebecca Review
Understand and heal trauma  Jun 7, 2005
Beyond Trauma offers a fascinating new look at overcoming PTSD (caused by many different traumatic experiences) through the unique therapeutic technique of Traumatic Incidence Reduction (TIR). I do not have personal experience with TIR, but I am a survivor of childhood trauma and I have dealt with the symptoms of PTSD in varying degrees throughout my life. After reading this book I learned about TIR for the first time and it appears very promising for getting at the root cause of traumatic triggers and finding resolution. In addition the book is divided up into a very easy to read format.

Through reading this book I also gained a deeper understanding of the processes of trauma, triggers and traumatic incidences of PTSD. I learned that when a person experiences a severe trauma, she/he makes decisions in that moment as a way to cope, to either seek redemption or to attempt to prevent it from ever happening again. These decisions continue to affect us until we find a way to resolve them in a healthy way.

This book offers a way of understanding trauma that can help us to free ourselves from the negative impact that unresolved trauma could continue to take on our lives.

After reading this book I am encouraged to further explore TIR, and I have gained a deeper understanding of my own PTSD symptoms and feelings and the impact that has on my life.

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