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Professor Onno van der Har

Prof. Van der Hart has worked with colleagues Ellert Nijenhuis, PhD, and Kathy Steele, MN, CS, on a theoretical approach on trauma-related dissociation of the personality and treatment model which unifies psychiatric disorders with a traumatic stress origin. Their combined efforts resulted, among other things, in the publication of their book,The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization(New York/London: W.W. Norton & Cie, 2006), for which they received the Media Award of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. A more recent, related publication is the bookCoping with Trauma-related Dissociation: Skills Training for and Therapists, by Suzette Boon, Kathy Steele and Dr Onno van der Hart (New York/London: W. W. Norton & Co), for which the authors received the 2011 Pierre Janet Writing Award of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


Past and present Confer events
The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation
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