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Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
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Clinicians and theoreticians are still struggling with what may seem like simple questions, such as: What is a trauma? What is dissociation? These questions are easy enough to ask. Why is there a problem with these straightforward questions? Well, consider what it means to separate the experience of something that is emotionally very painful, exquisitely so, perhaps, and distinguish it from something that everybody could agree was traumatic. Where is the dividing line between whats painful and what is traumatic? Is it the size of the force that produces the wound? Is it that something changes in the person who has been wounded, psychologically or otherwise? And, what is dissociation, anyhow? Some theories suggest that dissociation is best described by the intrusion of experiences into a mind. Other theoreticians focus on the lack of unconscious formulation of normally linked psychological experience that leaves a person bereft of discernable context or meaning for their lived experience. Yet other theories focus upon dissociation of the elements of experience like knowledge, and emotion, amongst others. Some simple questions can get pretty complicated!
We hope that as you use these pages, and enjoy our website, that you will be curious (perhaps the opposite of dissociation?) and make the effort to develop a broad view of what is here to stimulate your thinking and help you understand more of what it is to be human. We hope youll find what you seek. Weve taken some time to thoughtfully prepare material we think clinicians, and others, would like to examine. If you are having trouble locating something you believe is on the site, or wish to see some specific material we dont have, please let us know by writing the website editor. Here is a list of whats available. You can jump from the links on this page to a wealth of information.
General Bibliography related to trauma and dissociation
Trauma and Dissociation resources on the Empty Memories website
Annotated Bibliography Selected Dissociation Literature
Annotated Bibliography Selected Trauma Literature
PubMed Literature Search: Dissociative Disorders (pdf + links)
PubMed Literature Search: Epidemiology, Comorbidity Dissociative Disorders
PubMed Literature Search: Neurophysiology, Dissociative Disorders (pdf + links)
The PubMed Search Engine at the National Library of Medicine
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Dissociation "101" an Introduction to Treatment of Dissociative Disorders:
For people who are interested in understanding the treatement of persons with dissociative disorders, but are not familiar with the perspectives that need to be added to those usually taught in standard psychotherapy training programs.
Selected Links of Interest
Trauma Center at Resource Justice Institute: This website has resources galore. Its got links to self help for a long list of diagnosis (eating disorder, PTSD, OCD, etc.), its got links to many articles, resources for first responders, handouts, etc.
National Center for PTSD site has a wealth of resources from self diagnostics for PTSD, videos, fact sheets on treatment and coping.
Clinical Practice Guidelines forASD/ PTSD-Veterans Administration There are extensive clinical guidelines on this web site. These are exceedlingly useful for the practicing clinician.
David Baldwins Trauma Information Pages contains many articles and resources collected by an expert clinician. David seems to have a knack for keeping his site on the leading edge of interesting things happening in the world of trauma and dissociation studies.
Ken Pope’s Articles, Research, & Resources in Psychology: Therapy, Ethics, Malpractice, Forensics, Critical Thinking, and more. This is a "go to" site for professionals who are looking for quality material on a range of subjects. Ken is known for his personal integrity and his committment to this work.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network This is a premiere site organized by a network of trauma organizations and provides information for parents, educators, the media, and professionals on various aspects of traumatic experience and how to respond to children. It has a wealth of detailed information with immediate clinical applicability.
Child Trauma Academy is a unique collaboration of individuals and organizations that have created biologically-informed, child and family respectful information, practice, programs and policy in the effort to help maltreated and traumatized children. There is much effort on this site to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into innovative programs in therapeutic, child protection, and educational systems.
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis is an organization of clinicians and researchers dedicated to the study of the clinical applications of hypnosis. They have one of the best training models for certification of clinicians in the practice of hypnosis.
Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft fuer Psychotraumatologie
EMDR International Association
European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
European Society for Trauma and Dissociation
The Leadership Council
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children This is an outstanding site with very detailed explorations of the impact of trauma on children and many resources. This is a program of the Childrens Home of Detroit.
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PubMed Search Engine of the National Library of Medicine:
The PubMed pages of the NLM are a fabulous resource. You have access to nearly all the holdings of the library, in all the life sciences. Take a look at it and play with it. After you get used to writing accurate keywords, youll find most anything you want, quickly!
PubMed provides access to bibliographic information that includes MEDLINE, OLDMEDLINE, as well as:
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