Effective Treatments for PTSD. Practice Guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies


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Updated third edition

Grounded in the updated PTSD Prevention and Treatment Guidelines of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), the third edition of this definitive work has more than 90% new content, making it virtually a new book. Chapters describe PTSD assessment and intervention practices that have been shown to work and provide practical, real-world implementation guidance. Foremost authorities address the complexities of trauma treatment with adults, adolescents, and children in diverse clinical contexts.

The book delves into common obstacles and ways to overcome them, when to stop trying a particular approach with a client, and what to do next. Special topics include transdiagnostic interventions for PTSD and co-occurring problems, dissemination challenges, and analyzing the cost-effectiveness of treatments. Prior edition editors: Edna B. Foa, Terence M. Keane, Matthew J. Friedman, and Judith A. Cohen.

New to This Edition

  • Fully rewritten to reflect over a decade of clinical, empirical, and theoretical developments, as well as changes in DSM-5 and ICD-11.
  • Increased research-to-practice focus–helps the clinician apply the recommendations in specific clinical situations.
  • New chapters on previously covered treatments: early interventions, psychopharmacotherapy for adults and children, and EMDR therapy.
  • Chapters on additional treatments: prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy, cognitive therapy, combined psychotherapy and medication, e-mental health, and complementary and alternative approaches.
  • Chapters on cutting-edge topics, including personalized interventions and advances in implementation science.

Author Bio:

David Forbes, PhD, is Director of Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. He began practicing as a clinical psychologist in the mid-1990s and has a strong research track record in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in trauma survivors, with a specialty in military, veteran, emergency services, and post-disaster mental health. Dr. Forbes led the development of the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD and is Co-Chair of the 5-Eyes Mental Health Research and Innovation Collaboration.

Jonathan I. Bisson, DM, FRCPsych, is Professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff University School of Medicine, United Kingdom, and a practicing psychiatrist. He is Chair of the Treatment Guidelines Committee of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and is currently developing an All Wales Traumatic Stress Quality Improvement Initiative. Dr. Bisson was Co-Chair of the first PTSD Guideline Development Group of the United Kingdoms National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. He is a past president of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and led the development of Veterans NHS Wales. He has conducted widely cited research on the prevention and treatment of PTSD.

Candice M. Monson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has served as President of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and is a Fellow of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations, the Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, and the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Monson is a foremost expert on traumatic stress and the use of individual and conjoint therapies to treat PTSD. She is co-author of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Cognitive-Behavioural Conjoint Therapy for PTSD and co-editor of Effective Treatments for PTSD, Third Edition, among other books.

Lucy Berliner, MSW, is Director of the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress at the University of Washington, where she is also Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences. Her activities include clinical practice with child and adult victims of trauma and crime; research on the impact of trauma and the effectiveness of clinical and societal interventions; and participation in local and national social policy initiatives to promote the interests of trauma and crime victims.