Abused Women and Survivor Therapy: A Practical Guide for the Psychotherapist

Pages: 529
Item #: 4317281
ISBN: 978-1-55798-766-2
List Price: $19.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1994
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

In this state-of-the art treatment manual, Lenore E. A. Walker contends that traditional psychotherapies for trauma victims have been insufficient in treating abused women. As the problem of violence against women continues to plague society, cutting across all demographic sectors, Walker describes critical modifications to traditional practice that will allow practitioners to work more effectively with female victims of abuse. These modifications result in an integrated compilation of the most successful assessment and intervention strategies, called "survivor therapy."

Abused Women and Survivor Therapy discusses the major forms of abuse experienced by women: rape and sexual assault, battering, sexual abuse by therapists, and discrimination/sexual harassment in the workplace. Walker examines the effects of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and sexual orientation on each form of abuse; discusses clinical considerations and treatment approaches; evaluates commonly used assessment instruments; and analyzes forensic issues in cases involving violence against women.

Walker maintains that successful treatment models must account for the specific impact of the various forms of abuse, the individual's unique psychological response to the world, the impact of traditional socialization of women and men, and therapist transference and counter transference. These considerations can be applied in the course of a therapy that seeks to re-empower abused women by helping them to regain their self-esteem, reestablish healthy relationships, and reclaim a sense of control and choice in their lives.

Abused Women and Survivor Therapy helps the newly trained as well as the experienced practitioner to identify, assess, and treat women who have been abused physically, sexually, or psychologically. It provides a touchstone by which future progress in research and practice with abused women can be measured.

This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1994 hardcover edition.

Table of Contents




I. Types of Abuse Against Women

  1. Physical, Sexual, and Psychological Abuse Against Women
  2. Rape and Sexual Assault
  3. Battering
  4. Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
  5. Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at Work and in Academia
  6. Therapist–Patient Sexual Involvement
    —Kenneth S. Pope

II. Therapist Preparation and Responsibilities

  1. Active Therapist Preparation
  2. Understanding How Abuse Blocks Access to Help
  3. Forensic Issues

III. Assessment, Crisis Intervention, and Survivor Therapy

  1. What Is Survivor Therapy?
  2. Planning and Conducting an Assessment
  3. Making Sense of Assessment Findings
  4. Short-Term Crisis Intervention
  5. Long-Term Therapy Treatment and Strategies



Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Author Bio

Lenore E. A. Walker, EdD, is a licensed psychologist in independent practice with Walker & Associates in Denver, Colorado, and is executive director of the Domestic Violence Institute. An international lecturer who trains at the invitation of governments, private groups, and world health organizations, she has done research, clinical intervention, training, and expert witness testimony on the impact of abuse on survivors.

She is the author of The Battered Woman; The Battered Woman Syndrome; Women and Mental Health Policy; The Male Batterer, with D. Sonkin and Del Martin; The Handbook on Feminist Psychology, with L. B. Rosewater; Feminist Psychotherapies: An Integration of Feminist and Therapeutic Systems, with M. A. Dutton-Douglas; Handbook on Sexual Abuse of Children; and Terrifying Love: Why Battered Women Kill and How Society Responds.

She has received a 1994 Distinguished Contributions to Women's Health Award from the American Psychological Association.