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Enhancing Resilience in Survivors of Family Violence

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Enhancing Resilience in Survivors of Family Violence

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Author: Kim Anderson Ph.D.


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This bookÖwill help change the paradigm that has gripped the mental health professions for so long and will be a positive boost for those who know there must be a better and more affirmative way to do this important work.

-Dennis Saleebey, DSW
Professor Emeritus
School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas

In this book, Kim Anderson demonstrates the extent to which individuals with histories of family violence can have "self-correcting" tendencies that promote their positive adaptation in overcoming trauma. These strengths, which often go unrecognized or underappreciated, can be used for healing. This book assists mental health practitioners in identifying, supporting, and validating the resilient capacities of their clients.

Anderson provides new conceptual frameworks and clinical strategies for integrating resilience-oriented and strengths-based treatment with survivors of family violence. The book discusses resilience in survivors of childhood incest, children of battered women, and individuals formerly in violent domestic relationships.

Key topics discussed:

  • Dynamics and consequences of family oppression and violence
  • The power of recovery and posttraumatic growth
  • Assessments that capture client strengths, resilience, and acts of resistance
  • Spirituality: making meaning of one's trauma and purpose in life

This book challenges the premise that survivors who have suffered from family violence will remain wounded throughout life. Anderson underscores the resourcefulness of clients, and illuminates the many ways people prevail during and in the aftermath of family violence."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 26, 2009
  • Page Count 260
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826111395
  • EISBN 9780826111401

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1: Dynamics and Consequences of Oppression and Violence
Chapter 2: The Power of Recovery: Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Strengths
Chapter 3: Broadening the Focus of Resilience Research
Chapter 4: Applying a Strengths Perspective to Problem-Based Assessments
Chapter 5: Assessments that Capture Client Strengths, Resilience, and Acts of Resistance
Chapter 6: Creating a Self-Narrative of Strength, Purpose, and Possibility
Chapter 7: Spirituality: Making Meaning of One's Trauma and Purpose in Life
Chapter 8: Recommendations of Survivors of Violence to Other Survivors
Chapter 9: Recommendations of Survivors of Violence to Helping Professionals
Chapter 10: Creating and Maintaining Resilience in the Trauma Clinician and in Organizations
Chapter 11: Where do we go from here?

Appendix A: Solution Focused Question Types
Appendix B: Person Centered Strengths Assessment
Appendix C: Resiliency Assessment of Childhood Protective Factors
Appendix D: Assessment of Resistance Strategies to Childhood Incest
Appendix E: Assessment of Intimate Partner Violence Childhood Survival Strategies
Appendix F: Assessment of Adult Recovery Strategies from Intimate Partner Violence