The development of a trauma-focused therapy programme
in Conflict, peace and mental health
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This chapter describes the establishment of a trauma-focused approach to the needs of those seeking help with emotional, psychological and mental health problems linked to traumatic experiences of the civil conflict in Northern Ireland. It outlines the development of a therapy service based upon trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The chapter describes and discusses key issues relating to the origins, principles, aims and challenges of this development. The new Centre's programmes were to deliver trauma therapies, undertake research, train practitioners in trauma-related skills, and support other communities affected by war and conflict. The Centre continually documented its therapy protocols, which had been developed initially in the original Omagh Community Trauma and Recovery Team. In the early years, the therapy programme was managed by the Centre's therapy team leader who coordinated the allocation of the referrals.

Conflict, peace and mental health

Addressing the consequences of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland


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