The Trauma Recovery Group: A Cognitive-Behavioral Program for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Persons with Severe Mental Illness
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- Mueser, K.T., Bolton, E., Carty, P.C. et al. Community Ment Health J (2007) 43: 281. doi:10.1007/s10597-006-9075-2
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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.