Working with Autobiographical Memories in Therapy: Assessment and Treatment

1st Edition

Arnold R. Bruhn

Routledge
July 23, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 200 Pages - 2 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367132927 - CAT# K409445

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Summary

Aggregating 46 years of research, this book proposes a fresh approach on how to conduct assessment and therapy using autobiographical memories. It offers a system to identify and deconstruct major lifetime memories and shows how clinicians can work with the content of these memories to help clients better understand past events as present events are filtered through them.

Dr. Bruhn’s first book on this subject, Earliest Childhood Memories: Theory and Application to Clinical Practice, illustrated what could be learned about clients’ present situation from The Early Memories Procedure (EMP), which is designed to explore autobiographical memories of problematic experiences in therapy. The present book, which builds upon Dr. Bruhn’s work with incarcerated women and male parolees, shows what can be done with these key memories by working directly on them in therapy. Dr. Bruhn showcases a new insight-oriented treatment paradigm, "memories work," to help resolve the issues identified by EMP responses. Chapters offer an alternative view of processing trauma and explore each facet of using memories work to design mental health interventions with clients. Included throughout are detailed case studies and techniques to re-engineer dysfunctional perceptions.

Clinicians and therapists will come away with the tools necessary to use memories work successfully with clients.

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