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The Compulsion to Repeat the Trauma - Bessel van der Kolk, MD
This is a fascinating, well-written and in-depth article that describes how early trauma leads to compulsive and self-destructive behaviors. We are confident that this article will help you undestand why self-destructive behaviors become so entrenched and seeingly treatment-resistent. Whether you want to familiarize yourself with trauma work or have extensive professinal experience working with survivors, Dr. van der Kolk's article offers valuable insight on the clinical implications of cutting-edge research.
Credit: 2 CEs
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Trauma and Recovery - Judith Herman, MDTrauma and Recovery
This stunning book is universally recognized as a classic in the field of psychology. Laura Davis, coauthor of The Courage To Heal, describes this book as, “Astute, accessible and beautifully documented. Bridging the worlds of war veterans, prisoners of war, battered women and incest victims, Herman presents a compelling analysis of trauma and the process of healing. A Triumph.”

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Credit: 6 CEs
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The Body Keeps the Score: Memory and the Evolving Psychobiology of PTSD - Bessel van der Kolk MD
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk begins this rewarding article by reviewing the background of trauma research from the 19th century to the present. He clearly outlines the ways in which traumatic stress affects the central nervous system, and describes how these abnormalities account for the "bimodal" symptoms seen in PTSD patients. Finally, he discusses how psychopharmacological treatment can help traumatized people distinguish current reality from past trauma.
Credit: 2 CEs
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