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Barriers To Assessment and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
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This article discusses a state-wide survey of 251 clinicians serving people with severe mental illness (SMI) in community support programs, to identify barriers to the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related programs, to identify barriers to the diagnosis and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related problems. Most clinicians did not feel competent to effectively treat these problems: Competence/confidence and belief in utility of intervention were positively related to the percentage of clients with whom trauma and PTSD had been discussed, documented in charts, and addressed directly in treatment. Clinicians need training that develops skills and knowledge as well as conveys the value of addressing PTSD and other trauma-related problems in people with SMI. (Authors)
Journal
2004
40
1
17-31
Community Mental Health Journal 40(1): 17-31, 2004.