Special Considerations in the Treatment of Traumatized Patients
By Andrei Novac, M.D.
February 1, 2002
Dr. Novac is associate clinical professor of psychiatry and director of the traumatic stress program at University of California, Irvine, Medical Center.
The treatment of traumatized patients is complex and necessitates adequate training, an eclectic and flexible approach toward the patient, and an adequate support structure for therapists by other professionals, community and tertiary referrals. Extensive knowledge and understanding of countertransference, empathy and secondary traumatization is crucial. In spite of the many pitfalls, including consequences on the mental well-being of a trauma therapist, there is a great potential for personal growth, pioneering research and professional mastery in the field of traumatic stress.
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