Kathleen Wheeler, PhD, APRN-BC, is a Professor at Fairfield University School of Nursing in Fairfield, CT.
Psychotherapeutic Strategies for Healing Trauma
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2007
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 43, Issue 3, pages 132–141, July 2007
How to Cite
Wheeler, K. (2007), Psychotherapeutic Strategies for Healing Trauma. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 43: 132–141. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2007.00122.x
- Issue published online: 15 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2007
- Adaptive information processing;
- disorders of extreme stress (DESNOS);
- healing trauma;
- posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
PURPOSE. The Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP), originally developed by Shapiro (2001), provides a model for understanding how trauma affects the brain and how healing occurs.
CONCLUSIONS. The effects of trauma are thought to be much broader than the diagnosis of PTSD and overlap with many other diagnostic categories. Recent physiological research supports the complexity of neurobiological responses to childhood stress and trauma.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. The Treatment Hierarchy, AIP model, and evidence-based treatment framework presented here provide the context and a compass for holistic PMH-APRN practice for working with traumatized patients.