The Foundation Of Treatment For The Traumatized Patient: A Model For The Development And Maintenance Of The Therapeutic Relationship | 12520
Journal of Alzheimers Disease & Parkinsonism
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Traumas can cause a variety of social problems. Those who have been traumatized may feel like no one understands them, be
anxious and distrustful of others, feel awkward socially, and turn to isolating themselves. These problems make it challenging
for clinicians to connect with and to treat these types of patients. However, the psychotherapy literature clearly shows that the
therapeutic relationship is the foundation of treatment, and without it, it becomes much more difficult to help patients. The
purpose of this presentation is to address this problem and to offer a model to aid in the development and maintenance of
the therapeutic relationship with those who have been traumatized. We will review the social challenges faced by traumatized
individuals, explore the topic of evidence-based relationships, and then discuss the model itself. The model emphasizes the core
skills of empathy (as described by Carl Rogers), meta communication (i.e. discussing the communication and the relationship
itself), and collaboration. The approach is designed to be broadly applicable for anyone in the health related professions who work
with those who have been traumatized. Future directions for the model will also be discussed.
Edward MacPhee received his MD from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He did his residency training in psychiatry at University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC). He works at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, which is affiliated with
the University of Michigan. There, he is part of the PTSD Clinical Team and also serves as the chief of the clinic. His interests include the therapeutic
relationship, humanistic psychotherapy, and mental health recovery.
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