Traumatic Incident Reduction: Research and Results, 2nd Edition Edited by Victor R. Volkman

Traumatic Incident Reduction: Research and Results, 2nd Edition
Edited by Victor R. Volkman
Loving Healing Press (2008)
ISBN 9781932690507
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (2/08)


This latest edition in the “Explorations in Metapsychology Series” discusses the major outcome of several TIR research studies.  These projects ranged from the 1990s to our present time.  The book begins with an in-depth discussion of what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is and how Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) can help with it.  Robert Moore, PhD, describes this process as “…TIR is a regressive desensitization procedure for reducing or eliminating the negative residual impact of traumatic experience.”  It is a one-on-one guided imagery process.  It uses desensitization, imaginal flooding, repetitive review and Rogerian techniques for some of the treatment methods.

Each article is written by a different researcher.  Three main articles are based upon doctoral dissertation studies.  The studies focus on different groups of people ranging from at-risk youth, to crime victims, to incarcerated females.  People with PTSD, panic and anxiety disorders, can benefit from this treatment.  This treatment methodology has also been shown to promote recovery in a short period of time.  This is a great benefit for those people who are suffering from the above mentioned disorders.

In addition to providing research and statistics, “Traumatic Incident Reduction: Research and Results” also includes an extensive bibliography and resource section.  Included in this part is a “Frequently Asked Question Section.”  I found this part to be very helping in summing up the information on TIR.  The articles themselves are very well written and researched.  For the authors who are presenting information gathered for their dissertations, this must have been incredibly interesting and rewarding work.  I think that “Traumatic Incident Reduction: Research and Results, 2nd Edition” is very important for people who work in the mental health field.

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