n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The emerging paradigm : trauma / attachment / the interpersonal brain in the understanding and treatment of violence and sexual violence

Special Edition 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This article describes the theoretical background and practical applications of using a brain-trauma-based approach in the treatment of violent adolescents and adults. The authors are clinical professionals. John Bergman is a Master Teacher of Dramatherapy with more than 25 years of experience working in the rehabilitation and corrections systems of Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States. Debra Tatum is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works in consultation and private practice in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The article is a descriptive discussion of theory and application rather than a research study. The 'clients' referred to are depictions of various actual cases that have been combined for effective representation. There is a glossary appended containing definitions of basic neurobiological terms.

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