This collection, edited by Jacki Pritchard, covers an extensive array of situations of abuse and the approaches that can be used to support individuals go beyond coping and growth to their full potential. The concept of healing is used to differentiate long-term development from that of immediate or short-term recovery in the therapeutic process. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is used to guide the therapeutic approaches of many of the practitioners who write in the book's many pages. However, the authors caution against thinking that one approach will meet all situations and highlight the important of working carefully, empathetically and courageously with the brave victim-survivors who have sought assistance. The authors also provide helpful hints to keep practitioners and those they work with on task. In short, Good Practice in Promoting Recovery and Healing for Abused Adults, is an accessible, easy to read manual that includes many tips for how to work with vulnerable individuals who are trying to 'Go Beyond' their victim status of being or having been abused.
This is a very important book. It provides much needed discussion of practice in relation to recovery and longer-term healing for individuals from a range of abusive contexts, from adult victims of child sexual abuse, through domestic violence to survivors of the holocaust. A key feature, and particular strength, is that it is rooted in the direct experiences and voices of those who have been abused, both female and male. The focus on the impacts of abuse provides a very sensitive, detailed and realistic basis for the discussion of different approaches to recovery and healing from abuse, and shows how these may be applied in a variety of settings. This is a "must have" book for any practitioner working with the aftermath of abuse, whatever the context.