College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The Relevance of Trauma to General Clinical Practice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2004

Keywords

Trauma, Trauma Exposure, General Clinical Practice, Trauma Histories, Trauma Related Disorders

Publication Title

Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training

ISSN

0033-3204

Volume

41

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

This introduction to the special issue of Psychotherapy on trauma considers the relevance of knowledge and skills in assessing and treating difficulties associated with trauma exposure to general clinical practice. Research findings on the prevalence in general clinical settings of trauma histories, trauma-related disorders and various other psychological disorders associated with trauma exposure, and physical health problems related to trauma are surveyed. It is argued, on the basis of diverse comorbid conditions associated with trauma exposure, that generalists with varied experience who obtain specialized trauma training are especially well equipped to develop competency in trauma practice.

DOI

10.1037/0033-3204.41.4.363