The "Health" model - part 1 treatment program guidelines for Complex PTSD

Pam Connor, Daryl Higgins

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This paper outlines the development and piloting of the “HEALTH” model for treatment of Complex PTSD in clients who have experienced multiple traumas across childhood and adulthood – particularly child sexual abuse and sexual assault in adulthood. As a guideline-based treatment model, HEALTH outlines six stages of intervention: (1) having a supportive therapist; (2) ensuring personal safety; (3) assisting with daily functioning; (4) self-regulation – learning to manage core PTSD symptoms; (5) treating Complex PTSD symptoms; and, finally, (6) having patience and persistence to enable “ego strengthening”. Using a case study approach, we provide both qualitative and quantitative assessment data for the individuals in the study, all of whom displayed numerous pre-treatment symptoms of Complex PTSD. Such programs are different to standard PTSD treatment programs that focus predominantly on core PTSD symptoms of re-experiencing, avoidance and arousal. The results of this study provided support for the use of guideline-based treatment programs that cater specifically for the needs of those who have suffered long-term/multiple trauma experiences by targeting Complex PTSD symptoms
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-303
Number of pages11
JournalSexual and Relationship Therapy
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Connor, Pam ; Higgins, Daryl. / The "Health" model - part 1 treatment program guidelines for Complex PTSD. In: Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 2008 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 293-303.
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