Journal article

Talking about trauma in therapy: Perspectives from young people with post-traumatic stress symptoms and first episode psychosis

Janet Tong, Katrina Simpson, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Sarah Bendall

Early Intervention in Psychiatry | WILEY | Published : 2019


AIM: Despite recommendations from national guidelines, individuals with first episode psychosis (FEP) are currently unlikely to have the effects of their traumatic experiences assessed and treated within psychosis treatment. This may be due to the mismatch between the objectives of trauma-specific treatments (directly targeting post-traumatic stress symptoms by talking about the trauma) and trauma-informed care (limiting practices that may retraumatise clients). We aimed to gain an understanding of what it was like for young people to talk about trauma in FEP treatment, and how their experiences related to the broad conceptualisations of trauma-informed and trauma-specific treatment approach..

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