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The Courage to Heal 4e: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 20th Anniversary Edition [Paperback]

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Pages   606
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2008
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0061284335  
EAN  9780061284335  

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Offers inspiration and encouragement to women who have been sexually abused as children, providing self-help guidelines, a timely Resource Guide, healing tools, and new stories, insights, and wisdom.

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Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the future

The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child--and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.

Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors' extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally.

This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features:

Contemporary research on trauma and the brain

An overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices

Additional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiences

The reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty years

The most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the field

Insights from the authors' decades of experience

Cherished by survivors, and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse. This new edition will continue to serve as the healing beacon it has always been.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Very useful for healing  May 19, 2010
very helpful and very useful for someone who has been abused in very many different areas
Garbage from people with no training or credentials  May 5, 2010
This book is a disgrace to the science of psychology. It was written by laypeople with no training, degrees, education, credentials, or studies reviewed by qualified psychologists. Do I need to say more?
Do not waste your time with this $5 crap. Have a cappuccino instead. Ignore all the five star reviews; they are clearly fake.
The Worst Self Help Book EVER  Feb 20, 2010
This book is one of the worst self help books ever. It was written by individuals with no formal training or credentials, the techniques used create false memories, and it causes more problems than it fixes. Look at the research on false memories conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Loftus. How good will you feel when you accuse someone of sexually abusing you, and then you later discover they did not? Accuse dear old dad and he did not do it? Now your family REALLY loves you! This book has even caused the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association to develop guidelines for dealing with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, because it created false cases of abuse. There are plenty of research articles out there that show how bad this book really is, so research it before you buy it.
Critique of 20th Anniversary Edition  Jan 11, 2010

I have just read the 20th anniversary edition of Courage to Heal. As a therapist working the field of mental health for 40 years with a specialty in working with abuse survivors and their PARTNERS, I was stunned to see that the book, while purporting to be an update of the 1988 edition is essentially the same as what was written in 1988 despite the fact that over the past 25 years we have made enormous gains in understanding and treating abuse/trauma from a research and clinical treatment perspective. The general message of the book is that the healing process will be most likely a long process, and focuses on "healing" processes such as writing in a journal, meditation, accepting the abuse as a reality and a brief mention of the value of medication to assist in managing painful and often, at least temporarily, seemingly uncontrollable painful thoughts and emotions. While posing as new, updated knowledge about the healing process about healing from trauma, I was absolutely stunned to discover that there was not one word about the extraordinary new understandings about the effects of abuse/trauma seen later in adult life and methodologies for treating abuse related symptoms. Each of these new therapeutic methods has been extensively researched and shown to lead to extraordinarily more effective methods for treating the after effects of trauma/abuse, shortening the recovery period and producing enduring positive effects. Everything from PTSD symptoms, negative cognitive processes (negative self-thoughts), the effects of distorted memory, the dissociative states as well as many other issues that profoundly impact upon the survivors themselves and their PARTNERS and are the real targets of the healing process received only the barest of recognition and explanation. Earlier complaints by readers that the book was very much overly simplistic and often ultimately left clients feeling discouraged because their situations were invariably more complex will undoubtedly be revisited by contemporary readers. When I have presented this new research and clinical material to participants of my workshops, ongoing groups for PARTNERS and couples in conjoint therapy, to a person, there was a collective sigh of relieve and recognition of the complexity and power of often unconscious processes that make the problems survivors face to seemingly intractable and grueling. The new research and clinical practices address this sense of overwhelm and confusion and have proven to be invaluable. Instead of just saying that their symptoms are not their "fault" this new information makes their sense of helplessness and powerlessness understandable and at the same time offers new hope.
Also, the book does not address the massive amount of research that links abuse/trauma to a whole host of other disorders (besides PTSD) with which survivors must contend including, depression, pervasive anxiety, somatic correlates, and a other psychiatric, emotional and physiological symptoms to name a few, that truly address the utter complexity of the aftermath of abuse in adult life. While paying the obligatory homage to the new brain science that has revolutionized our understandings the section on "Trauma and the Brain" is particularly discouraging in its simplistic explanations.
Finally, perhaps most disconcerting is that the book makes NO mention of the new methods for treating trauma ranging from EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) procedures, cognitive behavioral approaches (CBT), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), especially for those suffering from character disorders such as borderline personality disorder, helpful couples approaches to healing and so on that have been developed and proven to be invaluable to the recovery process. Essentially this version of Courage to Heal throws us, survivors and therapists alike, back more than 30 years into the extremely limited and marginally useful approaches to healing which we now know can potentially lead to even further revictimization survivors related to their internal states. Earlier complaints by therapists and others that the authors are not clinicians and are dealing with issues they don't truly understand is yet again validated.
Can you give negative stars? Black holes, maybe?  Dec 30, 2009
Read this book years ago, and hated it. Like 'Signifier', I remember taking particular exception to the same comments - that if you felt as if you might have been abused, then you had been. Not necessarily. There has to be bit of reality in there somewhere. If you were abused, then you were - and in my experience most people who were abused remember it. There are plenty of reasons why a person may feel bad, and suppressed memories of sexual abuse is only one of them, and not a very common one either. I'm not saying that sexual abuse is not common. To our shame as a society, it is common. But suppressed memories of abuse as a cause of psychological problems is extremely rare - and I'm appalled at a book that says to unhappy people that the presence of a vague feeling that something bad may have happened means that it definitely did. Consider a person with these feelings who was not, in fact, sexually abused. I'm appalled at the effect this belief can have on these vulnerable people, and on the people they then wrongly assume to be their abusers. And as someone wanted to know an earlier reviewer's qualifications - yes, I'm qualified to comment, being a sensible person, a doctor, and an incest survivor. Horrible book. But I found the sexual abuse chapter in Susan Forward's "Toxic Parents" excellent. Read that instead.

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