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The Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Workbook for Ptsd


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Matthew T. Tull, PhD, is associate professor and director of anxiety disorders research in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He has published numerous articles and chapters on emotion regulation and anxiety disorders, with a particular emphasis on panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and post traumatic stress disorder.

Kim L. Gratz, PhD, is associate professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she serves as director of personality disorders research and director of the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) clinic. In 2005, Gratz received the Young Investigator Award of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder. Gratz has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on borderline personality disorder, deliberate self harm, and emotion regulation, and is coauthor of several books, including The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide, Freedom from Self-Harm, and The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety. Gratz currently serves as principal investigator or coinvestigator on several major grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Alexander L. Chapman, PhD, RPsych, is a registered psychologist and associate professor in the department of psychology at Simon Fraser University, as well as the president of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Chapman directs the personality and emotion research laboratory, where he studies the role of emotion regulation in borderline personality disorder (BPD), self-harm, impulsivity, and other behavioral problems. His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Chapman received the Young Investigator Award of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (2007), the Canadian Psychological Association's Scientist Practitioner Early Career Award, and a Career Investigator award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He has coauthored five books, three of which received the 2012 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self Help Book Seal of Merit Award.


"For those struggling after a traumatic life experience, this book offers practical steps to identify symptoms of PTSD, along with cutting-edge cognitive behavioral strategies. Readers can then choose which symptoms are most bothersome, and systematically address each one. Importantly, the authors also include strategies that can help readers to increase positive emotions and well-being. This is a practical, reader-friendly book written by leaders in the field of trauma, emotion regulation, and management of impulsive, risky behavior. I highly recommend this book for those trying to manage their PTSD symptoms, as well as for clinicians who may be seeking a companion text in therapy."
--Sandra B. Morissette, PhD, professor of clinical psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio

"In this outstanding manual, Tull, Gratz, and Chapman--leading experts in the field of emotion regulation--apply their considerable knowledge and skills to helping people with PTSD. If you are struggling with the emotional aftermath of a traumatic experience, this manual will walk you through the steps of managing out-of-control emotions, facing fears, correcting distorted thinking patterns, and increasing positive feelings. I anticipate that this book will help a great many people, and will recommend it to my own patients."
--David Tolin, PhD, author of Face Your Fears

"This workbook represents a major step forward for improving the acquisition and retention of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills. The authors are in an exceptionally good position, as clinicians and researchers, to identify needed skills and focus upon them in the therapeutic context. This book is strongly recommended for clinicians and for the clinics in which they work. It's an important advance in the care of patients with trauma exposure and PTSD symptoms."
--Terence M. Keane, PhD, associate chief of staff, research and development, VA Boston Healthcare System; director of the behavioral science division at the National Center for PTSD; and professor of psychiatry and psychology and assistant dean for research at Boston University School of Medicine

"Struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can take a considerable toll on one's quality of life. And finding ways to move forward can be challenging. Fortunately, TheCognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Workbook for PTSD synthesizes an array of well-researched strategies, and offers readers a clear path toward expanding their coping repertoire and making meaningful life changes."
--Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, professor of psychology at Suffolk University, and coauthor of Worry Less, Live More and Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in Practice
"The Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Workbook for PTSD provides an extremely helpful, evidence-based, accessible guide to addressing the range of challenges that people with PTSD face. Tull, Gratz, and Chapman draw from their research knowledge and clinical expertise to provide a range of strategies that can help people recovering from trauma to engage more fully in their lives. By grouping strategies according to different clusters of symptoms, they've created a book that can easily be used by people who are facing different challenges. The evidence-based strategies are helpful for those in great distress, as well as for those who are struggling less, but still want some help with lingering effects of trauma."
--Lizabeth Roemer, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and coauthor of Worry Less, Live More

"I have been waiting for this book (or one like it) for many years! There are lots of self-help books out there on overcoming trauma, but none is as firmly grounded in proven therapeutic strategies as this one. The book is easy to read, and filled with examples and exercises that bring the therapy to life. The experience, expertise, and compassion of the authors shine through. Everyone who struggles with post-traumatic stress should read this book, and so should their therapists!"
--Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and coauthor of TheShyness and Social Anxiety Workbook and The Anti-Anxiety Workbook

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