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Leaving Darkness Behind

UPCOMING BOOK: Leaving Darkness Behind

This book provides a psychologically based perspective on the damage caused by childhood sexual abuse in the lives of children, young adults, and adults. A specific goal is to help the reader learn processes, strengths, that will move the reader toward recovery and thriving. Each chapter has recovery goals and content is supplemented with self-assessments and application exercises.

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Navigating Life Transitions for Meaning
Clinical Resource

Navigating Life Transitions for Meaning

Everyone experiences life transitions. But despite their universality, they can be deeply disruptive. This book explores how specific transitions — such as bereavement, chronic illness, unemployment and underemployment, and transgendered individual's identity changes — affect meaning. The authors, all clinicians, also propose how meaning can be restored.

Academic Press (Elsever)
Promoting Positive Processes after Trauma
Clinical Resource

Promoting Positive Processes after Trauma

Trauma creates damages across the whole of "living." In order to heal, survivors need to live fully in the present, and can be assisted by strengths such as hope, resilience, meaning in life, and spirituality. This book covers the foundations of trauma and examines 6 strengths that can be utilized for recovery.

Academic Press (Elsever)
Push Back the Dark: Companioning Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Christian Counseling

Push Back the Dark: Companioning Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Childhood sexual abuse is more common than realized. In fact, a survey conducted by the CDC indicated that 17% of adults report sexual abuse as children or youth. The aftermath of this childhood trauma are damages in adult emotional, social, and physical health. In this book, tools needed to undertake a caring ministry to adults in the context of a faith organization are described. The goal is a collaboration to create hope and healing.

Cascade Books
Reconstructing Meaning After Trauma: Theory, Research, and Practice
Clinical Resource

Reconstructing Meaning After Trauma: Theory, Research, and Practice

The influence of trauma on the lives of adults and children is becoming widely recognized. After trauma, one important aspects of recovery is finding meaning in what seems a newly meaningless world. Foundations of meaning and trauma, mechanisms of meaning loss and restoration, and population specific applications are presented by recognized specialists.

Academic Press (Elsever)
The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology
Clinical Resource

The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology

This handbook is part of the Oxford Library of Psychology, and covers essential content related to the specialty of counseling psychology. Sections cover foundations, contextual perspectives such as racial identity and social class, applications in assessment and treatment, and new directions.

Oxford University Press
Global Promise: Quality Assurance and Accountability in Professional Psychology
Quality Assurance

Global Promise: Quality Assurance and Accountability in Professional Psychology>

This volume examines global psychology today with an emphasis on the lenses of quality assurance and accountability. Foundations such as ethics, individual certification, and higher education accreditation are then followed by many countries' experience in these areas. A look ahead is also offered by recognized psychologists who are experts in the topic.

About Elizabeth Altmaier

Elizabeth (Betsy) Altmaier is a psychologist whose career in research and training focused on psychological concepts central to overcoming traumatic circumstances. Her research was with patients diagnosed with cancer, persons with chronic pain, and adults who had experienced interpersonal trauma. It has been an extraordinary finding that in addition to the distress that normally follows trauma, people can also experience enduring positive changes in life domains such as interpersonal relationships and appreciation of life. In her career, Betsy was influenced by her own life and the growth she has found after her childhood trauma. Her focus on meaning making and on other positive processes, such as forgiveness and spirituality, gives her work a person-centered perspective. Betsy earned a B.A. degree from Wheaton College in Psychology, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University. She held academic appointments at the University of Florida, Department of Psychology, and the University of Iowa, Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa. She authored over 100 books and articles and was the mentor and advisor for 55 students in her career.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Altmaier
Bringing Meaning

Writing Philosophy

One of the great privileges of working in higher education is collaborating with students. That process includes discovering together what is known about a topic, deciding what still needs to be investigated, formulating a plan for that investigation, and completing that plan. Sharing the results of those investigations with the community of psychologists was the culmination of much time spent together in hard work. I maintain that value of collaboration still in my writing. In my books, I am still exploring. I am even now finding out what is known and formulating questions that need to be answered. When I write, I am translating those answers into formats that can be used by my readers who are now a broad group in terms of traumatic experience, psychology background, and treatment. You are in my mind as I write, and I try to hear your voice in return. That is especially true since I focus on meaning, especially meaning achieved by persons after their experience of trauma. Meaning is a story, and as I write, that story is our shared time together.