Research suggests that most therapists will see at least one client with "recovered memories" in their professional careers. However, the experience may vex and challenge those who are aware of the controversy that surrounds this issue. Are all memories to be blanketly accepted as true? Or is the process of "recovered memories" a scientific impossibility? Pope and Brown warn readers that no single established "truth" will offer a convenient solution. Instead of invariant rules, they offer guidance for creating a habit of questioning: questioning the claims and methods of both research and practice, questioning the plausibility and purpose of reported events, and questioning one's own biases and lapses in logic. Only by avoiding the trap of premature closure will clinicians succeed in understanding what motivates each report of recovered memories and responding responsively and effectively. Chapters on assessment, therapy and expert testimony take careful account of both empirical findings and clinical realities. A final chapter explores the forensic issues that may emerge, for example, when a client becomes a plaintiff or witness in a criminal case. Finally, useful appendices include a model consent form for treatment and evaluation, sample cross-examination questions, and a state-by-state listing of laws regarding delayed recall and statute of limitations for civil personal injury cases. Readers should benefit from thoughtful discussions and indispendible guidelines for ethical and competent practice. This volume stands out as a much-needed, insightful guide for the legal or mental health professional who encounters a client reporting recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse.
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Research suggests that, in their careers, most therapists will see at least one client who reports "recovered memories." In an arena crowded with polemical works dealing with the validity of recoverd memories of childhood sexual abuse, this volume stands out as a voice of reason. An evenhanded account of the social, scientific, and legal context of the debate about recovered memories, this book should be required reading for any mental health professional--therapist, consultant, or expert witness--who might encounter such a client. Readers will benefit from these indispensible guidelines on responding thoughtfully, knowledgeably, and effectively when clients report recovered memories. The theme of this volume is that of questioning: questioning the validity of research, questioning one's own biases and lapses in logic. One of the authors' goals is to enable the reader to become a more knowledgeable consumer of the scientific investigations that support approaches to assessment and therapy in this area. At the same time, detailed forensic advice makes the reader aware of possible legal issues involved. Scientific, logically driven: This volume stands alone as an intelligent, practical guide for the mental health professional who might encounter a client reporting recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse.
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