No one likes to think that anyone would ever commit sexual abuse against another person, but this type of situation is more common than not. Believe it or not, according to Dr. Karestan Koenen, a psychiatric epidemiology professor at Harvard Chan School, "most PTSD in the U.S. population—close to 50%—is due to sexual or physical violence. That includes rape and sexual assault, but also partner violence, mugging, and childhood physical and sexual abuse. Around 30% of PTSD is due to sexual violence alone."
As mental health professionals, our desire is to stop the cycle of abuse through therapeutic treatment. Staffing Plus "recognizes drastic changes happening in healthcare and works hard to provide innovative solutions to enhance the quality and outcomes of the patients' lives." Creating behavioral change towards a long-term success rate is the core of therapeutic care in the profession of mental health.
There are instances when active listening and portraying non-threatening body language is the most helpful while the victim works through their traumatic situation. After the victim's past sexual abuse trauma is documented, it provides vital information therapists can utilize to construct a proper treatment plan for the victim. All staff strive to "create a safe environment and open communication to allow the victim the ability to discuss the abuse openly without judgment." (DrugAbuse.com) This is why treatment is so crucial in aiding victims with sexual abuse trauma.
There are four effective therapeutic interventions that promote Trauma-Informed Care:
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) "helps victims dismiss old, maladaptive ways of thinking about trauma, including uncovering assumptions when they are ready and willing to change."
- Eye Movement and Desensitization (EMDR) "uses eye movements to attempt to rewire the brain and influence the way it processes the traumatic event."
- Somatic Experiencing (SE) "focuses on discharging trapped energy, or resolving incomplete motor responses, that are "stuck" in the body."
- Other traditional psychotherapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Therapists are the helping hands in assisting sexually abused clientele in performing trauma-informed care. Every person is different and reacts to treatment in a unique way. Staffing Plus strives to provide the most qualified staff to ensure trauma-informed care is being implemented toward clients who have been affected by sexual abuse trauma.
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