Download PDF by Laurence Miller PhD: Counseling Crime Victims: Practical Strategies for Mental

By Laurence Miller PhD

ISBN-10: 0826115195

ISBN-13: 9780826115195

As increasingly more psychological healthiness pros have gotten interested by the legal justice method - as social provider companies, sufferer advocates, courtroom liaisons, professional witnesses, and scientific therapists - there has no longer been a commensurate development within the caliber of textual content fabric to handle this increasing and various box. beforehand, scholars and practising execs have needed to content material themselves with both overly wide texts on criminology or trauma idea, or exceeding slim tracts on one or one other sub-area of sufferer providers.

Counseling Crime sufferers offers a distinct method of supporting sufferers of crime. through distilling and mixing the simplest insights and classes from the fields of criminology, victimology, trauma psychology, legislation enforcement, and psychotherapy, this ebook provides an built-in version of intervention for college kids and dealing psychological well-being pros within the felony justice method. The booklet blends good empirical study scholarship with sensible, hit-the-ground-running thoughts that psychological health and wellbeing execs can commence utilizing instantly of their day-by-day paintings with sufferers.

Counseling Crime sufferers is a pragmatic consultant and reference e-book that operating psychological well-being clinicians will seek advice many times of their day-by-day practices. This e-book may also be of use to legal professionals, judges, legislation enforcement officials, social provider companies and others who paintings with crime sufferers within the felony justice procedure. it will possibly additionally function a faculty- and graduate-level textual content for classes in Psychology and felony Justice.

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Or they may impute domineering or retaliatory motives to anyone who tries to exert even the normal, socially appropriate influence or authority over them, such as bosses, doctors, parents, or spouses. ” Even after things seem to have calmed down, when the crime victim has achieved some measure of delicate equilibrium, the stresses of returning to the normal routines of work and family life may trigger PTSD reactions. Also, delayed PTSD reactions may crop up years or even decades after the event as illness or the aging process begin to deplete the individual’s adaptive reserves (Miller, 1999f; see above).

The crime victim shuns friends, neighbors, and family members and just wants to be left alone. He has no patience for the petty, trivial concerns of everyday life—bills, gossip, news events— and gets annoyed at being bothered with these piddling details. The 16 COUNSELING CRIME VICTIMS hurt feelings this engenders in those he rebuffs may spur retaliatory avoidance, leading to a vicious cycle of rejection and recrimination. Impulsivity and instability. More rarely, the crime victim may take sudden trips, move from place to place, walk off his job, disappear from his family for prolonged periods, uncharacteristically engage in drunken binges, gambling sprees, or romantic trysts, make excessive purchases, or take dangerous physical or legal risks.

In the early phases, this avoidance may frustrate criminal investigators who are trying to access the victim’s memory for clues that can help them solve the crime (see chapter 5). Intrusion. Despite the patient’s best efforts to keep the traumatic event out of her mind, the horrifying incident pushes its way into consciousness, often rudely and abruptly in the form of intrusive images of the event Psychological Reactions to Crime Victimization 15 by day and frightening dreams at night. In the most extreme cases, the patient may experience flashbacks or reliving experiences in which she seems to be mentally transported back to the traumatic scene in all its sensory and emotional vividness, sometimes losing touch with current reality.

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