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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Trauma

Robert W. Motta

Hofstra University


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Psychological trauma appears to have become an integral part of people’s lives perhaps because of increasing economic globalization, access to instant communication and internet services, and the seemingly constant media bombardment upon the human psyche of news of war, terrorism, and pandemic.

This book addresses both the nature of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and how it is used to treat a variety of trauma. CBT is considered to be the “gold standard” treatment of trauma. It has amassed a substantial empirical basis for its efficacy and is clearly considered to be the “go to” form of treatment for both trauma and the psychological disorders associated with trauma including elevations of anxiety, depression, reductions in overall wellbeing, and PTSD. CBT is considered to be a cost-effective form of intervention in that it does not typically dwell on early environmental and childhood experiences as its modus operandi focuses on one’s current problems and how to go about ameliorating these. In doing so, it closely examines where one’s cognitions may not be logical and/or realistic and attempts to right these dysfunctional thoughts through a variety of exercises and approaches. CBT also places an emphasis on problem behaviors. These behaviors can either be deficient and in need of being made more frequent or they may be maladaptive and self-defeating and in need of correcting and redirection. Trauma and PTSD present particular problems for most forms of traditional therapy including CBT given the extreme tendencies toward avoidance behaviors that are displayed by many traumatized individuals and for this reason alternative forms of intervention are often paired with standard CBT.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: June 3rd 2020

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

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Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: August 23rd 2020

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: November 11th 2020

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

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Expected publication date: January 10th 2021

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About the editor

Robert W. Motta

Hofstra University

Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Program in School-Community Psychology at Hofstra University. Director of the Child and Family Trauma Institute at Hofstra University. Have published over 100 professional papers primarily in peer reviewed journals and also have written at least 5-10 book chapters. Have a book in press which is being published by the American Psychological Association, entitled “Alternative Therapies for PTSD: The Science of Mind-Body Treatments and is due to be published in July 2020. Am Board Certified in CBT and BT. I am a Vietnam War Veteran (Army-First Cavalry Brigade) and that experience, along with having done treatment and research in trauma and PTSD for four decades provides me with considerable expertise in the areas of trauma and CBT.

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