The Psychological Trauma program was created to provide quality, compassionate treatment for those
whose mental illness is related to past psychological trauma.
Based on the Trauma
Model as outlined by Dr. Colin Ross, the basic philosophy is that
chronic severe trauma is a major theme throughout many forms of mental
illness and diagnoses such as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Borderline
Personality Disorder and others, have their roots in previous traumatic
experiences. Persons with a history of trauma often have multiple
symptoms and varying diagnoses with extensive comorbidity.
structure of the program is designed to meet the needs of patients
with a history of one or more of the following:
- Chronic mental illness with multiple hospitalizations
- Unmanageable anger or poor impulse control
- Disorganized attachment patterns
- Self-destructive and addictive behaviors
- Multiple diagnoses
- History of past traumatic experiences
Forest View’s Psychological Trauma program utilizes innovative,
non-regressive treatment that maintains and encourages the patient's
stability while actively engaging in therapy. The treatment plan focuses
on teaching the patient to regulate affect, develop healthy attachment
patterns and reduce distorted thinking.
The Psychological Trauma
program includes an integration
of cognitive-behavioral, experiential and didactic treatment modalities
essential to modifying behavior and cognition. Individual and group
therapy addresses core attachment issues and emphasizes symptom reduction
and improved coping ability.
Referral sources are an essential part of the treatment team and are
kept informed of the patient's progress from admission through discharge.
To learn more about Trauma Related Disorders or the Trauma Model,
visit the Colin Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma at www.rossinst.com.
Visiting Professional Program
Visiting Professionals Program provides professionals with the opportunity to see our Psychological Trauma program in action. Contact Community Relations at (616) 954-3115 or 1-800-949-8439, ext. 115 to make an appointment. The Visiting Professional form is available for download.