Trauma Focused Treatment at Forest View is designed to provide education and treatment in the area of trauma and its comorbidity with other mental health diagnoses. These groups focus on helping individuals recognize the impact that trauma continues to have on their lives and focus on learning skills to work through trauma. The groups are designed with a belief that trauma is far more than an event (or events) that occurred in the past, but rather that trauma is an experience that disrupts the person’s sense of self and safety. This disruption is often experienced by people for years after the trauma occurred.
Diagnoses such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) are known to have their roots in past traumatic experiences and are common diagnoses within Trauma Focused Treatment. However, many other types of diagnoses also have connections to past traumatic experiences. Diagnoses such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and substance use disorders may also be appropriate for Trauma Focused Treatment.
Patients in Trauma Focused Treatment can learn to experience and regulate emotions through the use of experiential therapies, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), healthy attachment patterns and practice reducing shame-based cognitive distortions.
The patient’s treatment team identify through assessments that the patient has a history of trauma, is experiencing ongoing trauma symptoms, and would be able to participate and benefit from trauma services in a group setting.
NOTE: patients are not admitted directly into the trauma program and should meet inpatient criteria.
Forest View Hospital’s professional staff are ready to help find the best treatment options for you or your loved one. Call 800-949-8439 for a no-cost, confidential assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.