Michael G. Tancyus, LCSW, DCSW, Augusta Behavioral Health
Carolyn Harris, school psychologist
Gerry Bock, Registered Clinical Counsellor, B.C. Canada
Jeni Mayer, Body Mind Spirit Magazine
Bob Rich, Ph.D.
Susan M. Phillips, Spiralthreads
Edith Henderson Grotberg, Ph.D. for International Psychologist
Sherry Russell, Grief Management Specialist
Joan M. Renner, Director, Sexual Assualt Program, YWCA of Clark County, Washington
Harold McFarland, Readers Preference Reviews
Review by Gerald French, author of Traumatic Incident Reduction
Midwest Book Review, Editor's Choice Award
Jennifer Oliver, MyShelf.com
Tami Brady, Blether.com Reviews
Index of Full Reviews
Michael G. Tancyus, LCSW, DCSW, Augusta Behavioral Health: September 2004
For those who are interested in this area of practice, Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction is an excellent resource to begin one's mastery in this area of practice.
Review by Jeni Mayer, Body Mind Spirit Magazine: September 2004
This book is an asset to mental health facilitators and anyone who is suffering from PTSD. It offers PTSD sufferers a glimpse at a light at the end of the tunnel, while providing mental health workers with a revolutionary technique that could increase their success rate with traumatized clients.
Review by Dr Bob Rich ( AnxietyAndDepression-Help.com ) : August 2004
The second author in the collection, psychologist Dr Robert Moore, refers to TIR as "a regressive desensitization procedure for reducing or eliminating the negative residual impact of traumatic experience." This will immediately orient most people with psychological knowledge. 'Desensitization' is getting rid of a fear by safe exposure. A 'regressive' technique is one that goes back in time. And there you are.
Just having read this opening chapter told me that TIR works, because it is based on sound, scientifically validated principles. I use hypnotic regression combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy with trauma survivors. The style and activities may be different. The processes invoked are very similar.
Also, I am pleased that the cart is not put before the horse. All the research on the outcome of psychotherapy shows that the major part of what we do depends on forming a strong, positive, trusting relationship with the client, and an ability to mobilize the client's strengths and resources. Specific techniques are less important. TIR emphasizes being 'client centered', and insists on the attitude that the client makes the choices. This is necessary for any successful therapeutic encounter.
After the Introduction comes an illuminating, and very moving chapter on the Vietnam experience. Anyone with no understanding of war MUST read this. Especially, since some of the horror is what presumably well-meaning professionals did to them in the name of therapy.
I was moved to tears by a wonderful tape transcript, recorded by Colonel Chris Christensen about several of his cases. I wish I'd met him…
Experimental studies supporting the efficacy of the approach are cited. TIR is shown to work at least as well as other ways of approaching trauma victims. Then there are a series of case presentations, by professionals working in a wide variety of settings.
Here is a quote from a client: 'Now with the therapy and everything I worked through, it was gradual. I couldn't see beyond this wall. Then it got further where there was a wall in front of me. Then I got to the point where I could see over the wall, but I couldn't get there. Then I finally got over that and I'm trying to get on with my life. Basically I think if I wouldn't have had TIR, I wouldn't even be here. I'm serious… I knew what I was going to do -- nothing. I would get up every day and I would just wait until 11 PM [to go to bed] because I couldn't wait for my life to be over.'
Some of the 'conversations' involve exponents of different approaches, some of whom also use TIR. This gives the book a depth and breadth I found very informative.
There are things that could be done to improve the book. One is to combine all the references as the end-at the moment, each author has a separate list, which can be hard to access later. "Now, which chapter was that book in?" Another minor point is the presence of repetition of content, perhaps inevitable in a collection from multiple authors. But, having read the book, I feel that I have already become better at working with distressed clients.
Review by Carolyn Harris, MS
Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction, Edited by Victor R. Volkman, is a new look at techniques available to mental health professionals and ministers. This collection of stories about Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) is valuable not only to professionals, but may help those suffering from past traumas better understand the healing process.
As a School Psychologist, I was particularly interested in the chapter on children and TIR which not only followed personal recovery stories, but suggested coping skills for traumatized children so they can move into society and become productive stable adults.
In the section on Fetal Perception and Memory, David B. Creek, MD discussed fetal perception in utero. Whether or not you agree, it’s an interesting section. He feels the birth process “can be very wonderful for some babies, but it is rough...The baby will pick up what is going on at that time, whether it is good or bad, and remember that.”
Beyond Trauma offers insight and positive suggestions for mental health professionals working with children, veterans, crime victims and the family members supporting them. Carolyn Harris, MS
Edith Henderson Grotberg, Ph.D. for International Psychologist: June 2004
Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR), simply stated, operates on the principle that a permanent resolution of a case requires anamnesis (recovery of repressed memories), rather than mere catharsis or coping. To understand why clients have to achieve an anamnesis in order to resolve past trauma, we must take a person-centered viewpoint, i.e., the client's viewpoint and, from that viewpoint, explain what makes trauma traumatic. (p. 2)
TIR is a brief, one-on-one, non-hypnotic, person-centered, simple and highly structured method for permanently eliminating the negative effects of past traumas. It involves repeated viewing of a traumatic memory under conditions designed to enhance safety and minimize distractions. The client does the most important work in the session; the therapist or counselor offers no interpretations or negative or positive evaluations, but only gives appropriate instructions to the client to have him view a traumatic incident thoroughly from beginning to end. Hence, we use the term "viewer" to describe the client and "facilitator" to describe the person who is helping the client through the procedure by keeping the structure of the session intact and giving the viewer something definite to do at all times. The facilitator confines herself simply to giving a series of set instructions to the viewer, she offers no advice, interpretations, evaluations, or reassurances. (p. 246)
The technique is seen as simple and can be taught through training sessions to a range of service providers - including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, pastors, and even lay people. It is what is behind the technique that is interesting. The founder of the TIR method, Frank A. Gerbode, M.D. Dr. Gerbode makes a number of points to clarify the uniqueness of the method:
There are no follow-up data beyond personal reports to indicate how effective the technique is over time. This would be a highly desirable effort to undertake.
My kudos go to Editor Victor Volkman, who took on the task of reaching more than 25 people to contribute to the book, including interviews with many of them. And the examples of cases the contributors provide offer a rich range of how the TIR technique has worked with a wide range of clients.
Anyone who has edited a book knows the trials and tribulations of getting on-time submissions, approvals, and responses to editorial questions. Volkman has done all of this and is still excited by the work. If you are interested in reading the book or taking a training session, you may contact the following:
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Review by Sherry Russell, May 2004 author of Conquering the Mysteries and Lies of Grief
Beyond Trauma effectively provides proof that Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) works. The straight shooting book provides conversations, interviews, and contributions from many Metapsychology facilitators from around the world. They discuss TIR, how it works in relation to life's darker moments, and clients share the stories of how TIR has changed lives.
The book is for professionals as well as all people who believe their future to be sealed by lurking barricades at every turn. Beyond Trauma is also unique in how it can be read. Each chapter is self-contained so you can determine what you would like to read first or next without needing information from the previous chapter. There are twelve absorbing chapters covering trauma, TIR, grief, crime, traumatology, terrorism, children, accidents, integrating therapies, phobias, spirituality, and the philosophy of metapsychology.
TIR provides a way to look through the rear-view mirror of your life and to move forward with healing acceptance so your future once again is within your own reach. Beyond Trauma outlines the elements with clarity and insight as to how TIR will resolve wrestling with dilemmas, understanding your demons, and climbing out of a whirlwind of emptiness. The book is up front with the smack of a sledge hammer with the gritty realism that trauma invokes on all of us.
In Chapter 2, TIR and The Soldier's Experience, the use of language and violence isn't for everyone but the glimpse behind the curtain is astounding and the outcome of the effects of TIR is miraculous. Being in grief management for many years, I particularly found Chapter 7, Accident Victims" impressive. The chapter deals with the death of a child due to an auto accident and the loss of a spouse under very complex conditions. The results with TIR were more than convincing.
If you are a professional and would like to find a "highly structured method for permanently eliminating the negative effects of past traumas" then this is a must have book.
Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction
Susan M. Phillips, Spiralthreads, May 2004
When I read this book, I found myself thinking of numerous people who might be helped by the therapy and strongly recommend this book to anyone involved in helping those suffering from PTSD, phobias or other trauma related problems.
Review by Susan M. Phillips
Beyond Trauma Ed. By Victor R. Volkman
Harold McFarland, Readers Preference Reviews, May 2004
"Beyond Trauma" is a compilation of short essays about Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) as delivered by various professionals. It begins with an examination of trauma, the trauma incident network, and unblocking. This is followed by an excellent essay on the psychological foundations of TIR. Included in this chapter is an examination of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and why cognitive restructuring is required for successful treatment of PTSD.
After this foundational chapter the essays start examining particular types of trauma, how they function, how they are similar, how they are different, and how to work with them. First is an examination of the traumas of war, both as a civilian caught up in it and as a soldier. Then come essays on grief and loss, crime and punishment, terrorism, accident victims, accidental death, and various other type of emotional trauma.
The final portion of the book examines working with TIR and children, integrating TIR and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, using TIR in a psychotherapy practice, and integrating TIR with other disciplines.
If you are working with trauma or just want to understand TIR this is a good beginning book. It clearly delineates the basics of TIR as a desensitization procedure and its effectiveness as a true resolution to trauma related problems. "Beyond Trauma" is a recommended book for the professional or for the lay reader who wants to know about this technique before possibly seeking out a practitioner.
Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction
Review by Gerald French, April 2004 author of Traumatic Incident Reduction
Book Review, Editor's Choice Award: March 2004
Jennifer Oliver, MyShelf.com: January 2004
Beyond Trauma, ably edited by Victor Volkman, suggests that there may be at least one very effective way of helping individuals with such diagnoses as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and severe panic or anxiety disorders. Reading the book has made this reader want to learn more about Traumatic Incident Reduction [TIR], the method discussed. Volkman's collection of engaging conversations presents TIR clearly and simply, and it is eminently approachable by both mental health professionals and their clients.
Throughout Beyond Trauma, an ecclectic range of therapists, ministers, and other members of the caring professions discuss TIR, for the most part in transcriptions of informal conversations with the editor. Each discussion describes specific cases in which TIR was employed -- following, in a number of instances, the failure of other approaches -- and describes how TIR was effective in helping that particular client. Of particular interest to this reviewer was the fact that the book offers not only the viewpoints of therapists and facilitators, but also descriptions of TIR by clients who have experienced it.
Beyond Trauma would appear to be a must for any clinician working with clients that have PTSD or anxiety disorder.
Tami Brady, M.A. Blether.com Reviews: September 2004
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Resolution is a book describing the benefits and wide variety of uses of Traumatic Incident Resolution (TIR). TIR is an innovative therapy in which the client is required to review the traumatic incident in various ways until he or she completely resolves the incident or string of incidents. This therapy is meant as a complete resolution of the issue behind these traumatic events rather than a coping mechanism or a cathartic episode. In this way, once TIR therapy has been undertaken, the client will find complete relief from all trauma symptoms and effects. Moreover, TIR is designed for quick treatment.
In this book, various therapists describe the benefits and uses of this therapy in their practice. These descriptions include therapy use for everything from post-traumatic stress disorders and violent crime victimization through accident and grief trauma to childhood trauma and phobias.
Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Resolution describes in detail the potential uses of TIR in the treatment of various traumatic incidents. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific type of trauma for easy reference. Moreover, the book contains several appendixes filled with frequently asked questions as well as information on TIR training and how to locate TIR trained therapists. This book is meant to direct clients and therapists towards the benefits of TIR, TIR trained professionals, and training resources not to teach the techniques of TIR.
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