Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma*

(Blue Knot Foundation, updated 2019) *Unanimously endorsed by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and widely endorsed by experts in the field

‘These updated Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma represent a description of state-of-the-art trauma treatment as it has developed over the past thirty years. No therapist or client can fare badly if these guidelines are followed. They are compassionate, reflect expert knowledge, and yet eminently practical. They should be recommended reading for all therapists who treat complex trauma – i.e., most of us’  (Janina Fisher)

Accompanying the updated guidelines is the research base on which they rest, which includes five new chapters:
(1) ‘Understanding Complex Trauma and the Implications for Treatment’;
(2) ‘What is Dissociation and Why Do We Need to Know About It?’;
(3) ‘Revisiting Phased Treatment for Complex Trauma’;
(4) ‘New and Emerging Treatments’; and
(5) ‘Evidence-based’: the Challenge of and for Complex Trauma’.