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Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide
Dr. Marlene Steinberg
An Invaluable Resource: Dr. Marlene Steinberg's Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide
Reviewer: Pamela Hall, Ph.D.
Founder and President NJ Chapter,
International Society for the Study of Dissociation


An Invaluable Resource: Dr. Marlene Steinberg's Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide
Pamela Hall, Ph.D.
Founder and President
NJ Chapter, International Society for the Study of Dissociation
The Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide by Marlene Steinberg, MD, is a milestone in instructing professionals in accurate diagnosis of dissociative symptoms and disorders. This book provides a rare combination of innovative and precise research findings with sound clinical experience. Readers will be guided through a systematic method for the assessment of trauma survivors while acquiring a profound sense of compassion for these patients in their struggles toward recovery.This handbook represents an unprecedented advance in educating clinicians and researchers about both the obvious and subtle manifestations of dissociation. Its sensitive selection of clinical examples and interview excerpts goes beyond academic descriptions of trauma in order to demonstrate the importance of approaching trauma survivors with respect for their experiences. The author skillfully analyzes her patients' attempts to integrate the devastating effects of trauma and psychological pain into the fabric of their lives. As a result, the Handbook is comprehensive, practically focused, and remarkably clear; it will provide both novice and experienced clinicians with an invaluable resource. Its inclusion of graphs, charts, and decision trees is particularly helpful in guiding busy clinicians through the complexities of dissociative symptomatology and diagnostic fundamentals. Dr. Steinberg's pioneering work is based on the theoretical identification of five core dissociative symptoms as essential to differential diagnosis of the dissociative disorders. She is to be commended for establishing a rigorous standard in the field of dissociation.


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