Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Group Therapy (PTSD)

With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder not only has a traumatic event occurred, but afterwards the victim repeatedly re-experiences the images, sensations, and feelings. Essentially, the trauma never seems to end. The general goal of treatment is to return the client to his/her normal level of development and enable them to place the event into perspective, grow from it and no longer experience negative side effects.

Clients who have been traumatized may see themselves as ineffective, damaged, undesirable, unstable or worthless. Group therapy helps them to correctly identify their strengths and weaknesses, and set goals for themselves. This group is facilitated by a certified PTSD curriculum trainer and implemented with identified residents who are symptomatic of PTSD. The foundation of the program combines education about PTSD with peer support. While the introductory lessons are devoted to group formation, regulation and general information about PTSD, subsequent lessons inform residents about specific symptoms of PTSD and help them to identify and cope with their personal symptoms. Residents are assigned homework such as worksheets, relaxation practice, recording thoughts and feelings, and art projects. Each lesson allows for periods of discussion and peer support.