Trauma, Exposure, and World Reconstruction

Bergner, R. / Published 2009 / Presentation

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Presenter Ray Bergner, Ph.D.
Date October 09, 2009
Abstract: This presentation develops the implications of conceptualizing trauma in terms of devastating transformations of clients’ worlds. The presentation includes (1) an analysis of how this view renders the symptoms of PTSD intelligible; (2) a demonstration of how it integrates research findings on who is most vulnerable to PTSD; (3) a critique of the currently dominant “reprocessing of maladaptive memory structures” accounts of how exposure therapy works; and (4) a reconceptualization of how exposure therapies achieve their salutary results.
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