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Counseling Crime Victims

SKU# 9780826115195

Practical Strategies for Mental Health Professionals

Author: Laurence Miller PhD


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Dr. Miller's Counseling Crime Victims is extremely effective...and it will occupy a central spot on my bookshelf...It is really a golden find.

--Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

Here is the gold standard - the book for mental health clinicians helping crime victims sort through one of life's most difficult and traumatic experiences.--Richard L. Levenson, Jr., Psy.D., CTS
Licensed Psychologist, New York State

As more and more mental health professionals are becoming involved in the criminal justice system - as social service providers, victim advocates, court liaisons, expert witnesses, and clinical therapists - there has not been a commensurate improvement in the quality of text material to address this expanding and diverse field. Until now, students and practicing professionals have had to content themselves with either overly broad texts on criminology or trauma theory, or exceeding narrow tracts on one or another sub-area of victim services.

Counseling Crime Victims provides a unique approach to helping victims of crime. By distilling and combining the best insights and lessons from the fields of criminology, victimology, trauma psychology, law enforcement, and psychotherapy, this book presents an integrated model of intervention for students and working mental health professionals in the criminal justice system. The book blends solid empirical research scholarship with practical, hit-the-ground-running recommendations that mental health professionals can begin using immediately in their daily work with victims.

Counseling Crime Victims is a practical guide and reference book that working mental health clinicians will consult again and again in their daily practices. This book will also be of use to attorneys, judges, law enforcement officers, social service providers and others who work with crime victims in the criminal justice system. It can also serve as a college- and graduate-level text for courses in Psychology and Criminal Justice.

    Key Features of this Book:

  • Victim assistance is becoming a full-fledged field for social workers and counselors
  • A practical, hands-on guide which offers counselors techniques for dealing with victims of a wide variety of crimes
  • Shows counselors how to guide their clients through the legal and judicial system

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 24, 2008
  • Page Count 456
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826115195
  • EISBN 9780826116529

Table of Contents 

    Part I: Crime Victimization: Patterns, Reactions, and Clinical Syndromes
  1. Crime and Crime Victims: The Clinical and Social Context
  2. Psychological Reactions to Crime Victimization: Posttraumatic Symptoms and Syndromes
  3. Psychological Disorders Associated with Crime Victimization
  4. Crime Victim Trauma: Confounding Symptoms and Syndromes

  5. Part II: Foundatinos of Practucak and Clinical Helping Strategies for Crime Victims
  6. On-Scene Crisis Intervention: Guidelines for Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, and Mental Health Responders
  7. Symptom Management and Short-Term Mental Health Stabilization
  8. Counseling and Psychotherapy of Crime Victims
  9. Family Survivors of Homicide: Symptoms, Syndromes, and Practical Interventions
  10. Family Survivors of Homicide: Psychotherapeutic Strategies

  11. Part III: Special Victims: Applications of Crime Victim Counseling and Therapy to Populations at Risk
  12. Rape and Sexual Assault
  13. Domestic Violence
  14. Workplace Violence
  15. Bullying and School Violence
  16. Victims of Terrorism
  17. Our Own Medicine: Counseling and Psychotherapy of Mental Health Professionals
  18. Your Day in Court: Crime Victims, Mental Health Clinicians, and the Legal System

  19. Bibliography