Paul Valent

Paul Valent

Consultant liaison psychiatrist, psychotherapist, traumatologist,
Co-founder and past president Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,

Sexual abuse

From shame to dignity. Aust J Psychother. 9:36-46 1990

Unlike other affects such as anxiety, anger and guilt, shame has been a relatively neglected affect. Yet it has recently been shown to be important in formations of self and personality, and to have important derivatives. In this paper I follow a patient’s struggle from shame to dignity.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1990 Categories: ,

Child Survivors of the Holocaust New York: Brunner-Routledge.

By the end of the second world war 1.5 million (90%) of Jewish children had been killed by the Nazis. In this book, ten child survivors tell their stories. Paul Valent, himself a child survivor and psychiatrist, explores with profound analytical insight the deepest memories, overt and covert, of the children he interviewed. At the time of the Holocaust the children varied from 0-16 years of age. They came from different countries and had varied experiences that included being hidden,  and being in ghettoes and concentration camps. Their experiences included starvation, torture, and sexual abuse. Valent explores how they coped over the decades and how they strove to make meaning of their lives.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2002 Categories: ,

Early Abuse and Its Effects; A Holocaust and Sexual Abuse Survivor. Presentation at the Victorian association of Psychotherapists, AGM

Some highlights of the therapy of Anne, whose story is described in Child Survivors of the Holocaust, are presented. Anne underwent two of the most horrific traumas- the Holocaust and sexual abuse. In therapy Anne faced both sets of traumas. She reclaimed her identity and pride. She is a living example to therapists that one should not despair of any patient’s problems, and that everyone can be helped to a significant degree.

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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1995 Categories: ,

Traumatized Holocaust children over 60 years and relevance to other traumatized children. World Conference International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

A comparison is made of symptoms of child survivors of the Holocaust (whose traumas and consequences have been documented over 60 years), with the symptoms of sexually abused children whose initial traumas are usually undocumented. The two groups manifested very similar dysfunctions over similar periods. This adds weight to the validity to the claims of the sexually abused group. They are not mad or bad or brainwashed.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2000 Categories: ,

Documented childhood trauma (Holocaust): Its sequelae and applications to other traumas. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. 2:81-90

As part of the argument whether adult symptoms truly reflect childhood traumas (especially sexual abuse), the symptoms of child survivors of the Holocaust (whose traumas were documented) were compared with symptoms of adults who claimed sexual abuses in their childhoods. The symptoms in the two groups were very similar; so were the responses by society to them. The study contributes to the veracity of childhood sexual abuse claims. The symptoms of the two groups incidentally point out the inefficacy of PTSD to describe complex and pervasive post-traumatic symptoms.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1995 Categories: , ,

From Survival to Fulfilment; A Framework for the Life-Trauma Dialectic. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel

In this book, Dr. Valent forges information from many fields of trauma and its concepts into a new, heuristically logical and pragmatic framework. The result is an unprecedented text on traumatology, as well as its opposite fulfillment. For further details press View Book.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 3rd August 1998 Categories: , , , , , , , , , ,

Trauma and Fulfillment Therapy; The Wholist Framework. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel

This book follows logically from Survival to Fulfillment, in its practical applicability to diagnose and repair tears in the human fabric. Dr. Valent reviews the variety of treatments applied over the last century, from Freud and Janet to the current use of drugs, debriefing, EMDR, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behaviour therapy. Using his wholist perspective, Dr Valent puts them in perspective,  finds their common ingredients, and develops basic principles of trauma therapy.

Through 40 clinical cases, Dr Valent describes the techniques and efficacy of trauma therapy in various phases of trauma- from the time of its occurrence to its pervasiveness of the person years later.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 3rd December 1998 Categories: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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