Nearly every professional counselor will encounter clients with a history of complex trauma. Yet many counselors are not adequately prepared to help those suffering from complex posttraumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), including survivors of child abuse, religious cult abuse, and domestic violence. A lack of consistent terminology in the field makes finding resources difficult, but without reliable training counselors risk inadvertently retraumatizing those they are trying to help.
In this second edition of Restoring the Shattered Self, Heather Davediuk Gingrich provides an essential resource for Christian counselors to help fill the gap between their training and the realities of trauma-related work. Drawing on over thirty years of experience with complex trauma survivors in the United States, Canada, and the Philippines, she ably integrates the established research on trauma therapy with insights from her own experience and an intimate understanding of the special concerns related to Christian counseling.
In addition to presenting a three-phase treatment model for C-PTSD based on Judith Herman's classic work, Gingrich addresses how to treat dissociative identity disorder clients, respond to survivors' spiritual issues, build resilience as a counselor in this taxing work, and empower churches to help in the healing process.
This new edition is updated throughout to match the DSM-5 and includes new content on how the body responds to trauma, techniques for helping clients stay within the optimal zone of nervous system arousal, and additional summary sidebars. With this thoughtful guide, counselors and pastors will be equipped to provide the long-term help that complex trauma survivors need to live more abundantly.
"Trauma is no respecter of persons—not of age, gender, status, or spirituality. Dr. Heather Gingrich's new edition of Restoring the Shattered Self continues to be on the cutting edge in this emerging field. For counselors new to trauma work, the therapeutic examples and approaches based on Dr. Gingrich's extensive counseling experience provide thoughtful, professionally sound, and spiritually sensitive ways to work with complex trauma. This is a 'must read' for new counselors as well as seasoned counselors who can benefit from her seamless spiritual integration."
"Save yourself a decade of frustration, pain, and hard work through the wisdom in Restoring the Shattered Self. I constantly meet counselors, pastors, prayer ministers, and leaders of healing programs who have no idea of the established and verified models for treating complex trauma. Caring people continue to 'reinvent the wheel' and prolong the recovery process for trauma, suffer as counselors, and fall short of the recovery that is possible because they do not know the solid body of knowledge that Dr. Gingrich organizes and teaches in Restoring the Shattered Self. Even experienced counselors should read this revised book. Let us be clear about what we know and know what we are doing."
"In Restoring the Shattered Self, Heather Gingrich distills years of wisdom gleaned from counseling victims through the three phases of establishing safety, processing traumatic memories, and consolidating selves shattered through complex trauma. Her compassionate presence as a counselor and supervisor is conveyed through many poignant illustrations. Now helpfully updated in its second edition, this invaluable textbook needs to be read by every Christian counselor."
"Heather Davediuk Gingrich, a trauma specialist, has invested her professional lifetime searching out productive pathways for restoration following dense identity upheavals. Extraordinary brokenness finds its way into the ordinary practice of Christian mental health professionals. Thankfully, these pages offer wisdom from a clinical authority to guide us on the frontlines as we lead others back from the abyss."
List of Tables and Figures
2. Shattering the Self: The Effects of Trauma on Childhood Development
3. Rebuilding the Shattered Self: The Process of Counseling
4. Phase I: Safety and Stabilization
5. Phase II: Trauma Processing—Integrating the Components of a Traumatic Experience
6. Phase III: Consolidation and Resolution
7. Additional Treatment Considerations for the Client with Dissociative Identity Disorder
8. Spiritual Issues and Resources in the Treatment of Complex PTSD
9. Vicarious Traumatization and Building Counselor Resilience
10. How the Church Can Help
Appendix A: Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES-II)
Appendix B: Coping Mechanisms