Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 281–304

The Trauma Recovery Group: A Cognitive-Behavioral Program for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Persons with Severe Mental Illness

  • Kim T. Mueser
  • Elisa Bolton
  • Patricia C. Carty
  • Michael J. Bradley
  • Kimberly F. Ahlgren
  • Diane R. DiStaso
  • Andrew Gilbride
  • Carol Liddell
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-006-9075-2

Cite this article as:
Mueser, K.T., Bolton, E., Carty, P.C. et al. Community Ment Health J (2007) 43: 281. doi:10.1007/s10597-006-9075-2

Abstract

To address the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in severe mental illness, the Trauma Recovery Group, a mixed gender cognitive-behavioral program, was developed and piloted at a community mental health center. The 21-week program includes breathing retraining, education about PTSD, cognitive restructuring, coping with symptoms, and making a recovery plan. Eighty clients were assessed at baseline and 41 provided follow-up data. Retention in the group was good: 59%. Treatment completers improved significantly in PTSD symptoms and diagnosis, depression, and post-traumatic cognitions, but dropouts did not. The results support the feasibility of the program and suggest it produces clinical benefits.

Keywords

cognitive-behavior therapy post-traumatic stress disorder severe mental illness trauma cognitive restructuring 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim T. Mueser
    • 1
  • Elisa Bolton
    • 1
  • Patricia C. Carty
    • 2
  • Michael J. Bradley
    • 2
  • Kimberly F. Ahlgren
    • 2
  • Diane R. DiStaso
    • 2
  • Andrew Gilbride
    • 2
  • Carol Liddell
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical SchoolNew Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research CenterConcordUSA
  2. 2.The Mental Health Center of Greater ManchesterManchesterUSA